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Google files patent for new Pie style navigation menu

Radial Menu

A new patent filing from Google has revealed its plans to expand the radial menus deeper within Android. Currently available only on the stock camera app (Android 4.3 and higher), this new radial menu could soon make its way throughout the system. Custom ROM developers like Paranoid Android have integrated this ‘Pie’ style radial menu similarly, so it is possible that Google could use such a system with upcoming iterations of Android.

In its current form, the radial menu isn’t exactly more convenient than a slide up menu, but it’s something the folks at Google can always improve on. We’re still waiting for a word on how exactly the company plans to make these changes, but a patent application is usually a good indicator of things to come.

And unlike the current implementation of the radial menu, this will reportedly allow users to navigate with two fingers as shown in the patent image above. This is certainly an upgrade from what we’re seeing now, but it should be seen if Google can make it any faster or snappier than its current form.

Fans might recall seeing this feature on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as well, which displays a radial menu using its Air Command feature with the S Pen stylus.

Source: Patent Bolt

Via: Android Guys

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  1. Not exactly a pie style but I think the idea is a bit similar to this one.
    I’m excited how Google will develop this refresing UI style.

  2. I only saw pie chart navigation in video games so far. It would be a nice UI for future smartphones.
    Android users will certainly embrace this one.

  3. I’m not familiar with the pie-style navigational menu, but if it makes navigation faster or easier, I am all for it. I wonder how long it will take after Google receives the patent before we start seeing this everywhere.

  4. I’m not really a big fan of the pie controls that come with custom ROMs. But I hope that Google’s version will be more interesting.

  5. Wow! This is good to know. I have always liked pie controls on Paranoid Android. And there is also a stand alone app in the app store for pie controls if I’m not wrong.

  6. Its good to see so many new features being integrated into the stock ROM. This will reduce the need to flash custom ROMs. But that’s also like going against the idea on which the whole Android system is based on.

  7. A pie style navigation menu? That would be awesome–Paranoid Android integrated that really well. However, I wonder what the ROM devs think about that. Google could’ve talked to them about that, and maybe even offered one of them a job. ūüėČ

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