Google files patent application for a new radial menu feature in Android


The radial menu gesture was first introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which made it easier for users to perform various browser tasks quickly. A similar concept was introduced in the Galaxy Note 3 known as the Air Command.

According to a new report, Google has patented a new radial menu concept with a sub-menu feature. The radial menu consists of a circular menu, each corresponding to various commands that is initiated upon a user’s selection. Instead of making use of a one finger gesture, this new radial menu implementation requires two fingers, the thumb which acts as the first anchor point, and your second finger which opens up a sub-menu with a circular list of options to choose from.

Google filed a patent application for this feature a few days ago, and we can’t wait to see what Google’s up to with the new radial menu feature.

Source: Patent Bolt

  • 6seven

    Pie anyone?

  • Beer Chang

    I hope they think about left-handers, too…