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Google has a new, freshly approved patent up its sleeve that should get rid of a few of the gestures involved when you launch your favourite app on your locked phone.

Google's unlock to app patent

The Chocolate Factory has won a patent for "alternative unlocking patterns", which would let fandroids get into apps like the dialler or camera directly from the locked screen.

Just as Android mobes can currently be unlocked with a specific joined-up pattern on a board of nine dots, the new system would allow users to make up patterns for, presumably, their most popular apps so they can head straight into them.

The feature has only just been approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office, but such a simple concept shouldn't be too hard to install on the mobile OS so it could show up soon. On the other hand, we're still only on Android 4.3, so it might be a while... ®

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