Mobile device wrapped in electronic display. Erick Tseng’s crazy Android phone idea from 2009
Back in 2009, when Android was a scrappy, buggy mobile OS upstart, before Nexus One, before its growth surge of 2010-2011, and before Larry Page got so obsessed about own hardware, that he bought Motorola; Google’s mobile team was playing with a lot of interesting ideas. Like building, or at least designing, some crazy looking mobile phones themselves.
One such Android phone idea just popped up in U.S. patent database, in a patent granted to Google and listing Erick Tseng as the inventor. The patent is called “ Mobile electronic device wrapped in electronic display” and was filed in December 2009.
It describes a mobile phone wrapped in a bendable electronic display. Actually it has two displays – one standard touchscreen we are used on our phones. The other –flexible e-ink, or OLED, wrapping around the rest of the device body.
The standard phone info and stuff are where you’d expect them – on a traditional display. The wrapping then can be used to display phone or gaming console controls, additional information… Or a colorful wallpaper, so you don’t need new covers to make your phone look unique.
Sounds pretty cool, but its almost certainly one of those projects R&D types like to play with in their spare time. Even if this wrapper phone ever made it into a prototype stage, the product was shelved when Google launched its Nexus program back in early 2010, and re-focused on pushing Android’s explosive growth by playing it nice with all the partners.