Samsung’s Edge lineup of devices have posed some pretty interesting questions since the launch of the original Edge device last year. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 Edge was the first device from the South Korean tech giant to feature a curved screen on the side of its main screen, debuting with its own set of useful apps designed for specific circumstances and situations. Samsung later launched the Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year which featured not one but two curved sides, this time a part of the main display instead of its own separate one. On both devices we’ve seen the list of apps that use this edge not really go anywhere, with very few additions if any to that list.
Now it looks like Samsung is trying to kickstart development of apps that take advantage of the edge on these devices if a new patent is anything to go by. Simply titled “Apps Edge” the new patent is said to be “software for use in organizing and allowing quick access to frequently used applications” among other nondescript ideas. Samsung is seemingly being intentionally vague here, and it could mean a number of things. First of all it’s possible that this is Samsung’s way of opening the path of development for developers to make apps for the edge displays on Samsung’s most premium devices much easier than before. Sure developers can work their way through the process of hacking apps into the side edge, but a more official solution from Samsung is always welcomed.
The next possibility here is that Samsung could be planning an app store specifically to highlight Edge Apps, one that would likely link to the Play Store or something similar to that. Samsung has been moving away from some of these other services as users have been vocal about simplifying their experience with Google’s ecosystem instead of having tons of other app stores and apps that do the same thing. Either way this is a good sign that Samsung might still be looking toward the future of Edge devices even if rumors say otherwise for Samsung’s upcoming flagship devices.