MisterDTV – Nothing earth shattering, but one of those many “why did I not think of that!” idea…oh wait, I did, but I did NOTHING to codify it!
Google’s smartphone patent doesn’t mind which end you talk into..
The rectangular, predominantly symmetrical nature of most smartphones means if you’re not looking, you might find you’re holding the handset the wrong way around when a call comes in. Google’s most recently awarded patent may seek to end your orientation confusion by adding a microphone and speaker at both ends of the device. That way, when you pick it up to answer a call, it’ll determine which way you’re holding it and select the microphone and speaker accordingly. Then again, this is a patent filing, so it’s just as likely to wind up lining the bottom of a Mountain View engineer’s drawer.