Therefore, Google, as the maker of Nexus series, is now considering to make its next Nexus smartphone as a slider phone, instead of a standard touch screen phone without slider just like the previous Nexus family, according to the patent with USPTO that has been filed by Google in January earlier.
Anyway, the idea that Google has on its patent is to make a smartphone that looks thinner than other devices in the market and the slider itself has less overlap when it’s opened. The keyboard that Google wants on its Nexus phone will also be much bigger but it doesn’t add too much bulk to the phone.
Eventually, Google wants this slider design to have 3 different versions: a “spring and stabilizing link”, a “serpentine spring styled” and a creature looking “scissor-huge”. These 3 versions also suggest that each slider design could be a sign that Google would release 3 different variant of smartphones in the future.
Actually, this kind of slider design is not the most extreme design that you’ve ever seen on slider phones because recently, Sony Mobile just also filed its patent (with USPTO) to make a 2-slider smartphone for its next PlayStation phone, allegedly the next Xperia Play 2, where the first slider is for the PlayStation certified gamepad, and the other one is for the QWERTY keyboard.
source: CNET via intoMobile