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Google Nexus with Physical Keyboard Could Woo BlackBerry Users

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Ever wanted a Google Nexus smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard? Well, it looks like that dream may one day become a reality if a new patent filing is any indication.

According to PatentBolt, yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that shows off a QWERTY smartphone design. The design apparently was engineered by Android honcho Andy Rubin which means that this very well could become a reality one day.

The original patent application was apparently filed in January of 2012 which means that this is something recent.

Google Nexus with Physical Keyboard Could Woo BlackBerry Users

The release of the filing comes at an interesting time.

RIM, the company that once offered the best smartphones with physical keyboards that money could buy, is in a decline. There is still a demand for physical keyboards and Google may very well be trying to jump on that niche.

HTC, a popular Android manufacturer, has stated that it will be moving away from phones with physical keyboards. Samsung hasn’t released a flagship smartphone with a physical keyboard this year leaving the Motorola Droid 4 as the only real flagship QWERTY phone on the market.

Of course, this is a patent filing so it’s possible that this design may never see the light of day. That being said, a Nexus smartphone with a keyboard would certainly appeal to some Android enthusiasts and would definitely appeal to those that are looking to ditch their BlackBerry for another platform.

Would you be interested in a Nexus smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard?

9 Comments

  1. rorytmeadows

    04/27/2012 at 11:43 am

    Hellllllllllllzzzz yes!

    It’s good to hear that QWERTY demand is still there. Nothing is more accurate and efficient than a hard keyboard. I’ll need something to replace my MT4GS!

  2. DavidSBarney

    04/27/2012 at 2:16 pm

  3. Corwin1681

    04/29/2012 at 10:17 pm

    OMG, OMG, OMG!!!
    This made my day!!!
    I had G1 and G2 (and a bunch of touchscreen only phones) and I still love physical keyboard! Can’t wait for it to come out!
    (G1 had the best keyboard ever, and I used to have a BB as well, so I know what I’m talking about!)

  4. Ian Campbell

    04/30/2012 at 1:25 am

    Yes but not a slider – old tech and too fiddly.

  5. Bigmouth

    04/30/2012 at 10:04 am

    Blech.

  6. Not Yahtzee

    05/02/2012 at 2:03 pm

    Is this really a new patent? Look at how much bezel there is on the thing! Do we even need that much bezel now that the physical capacitive buttons are supposedly verboten? And that chin at the end there looks like a 2D representation of the G1.

    Nobody would welcome a good-specced Nexus QWERTY more than me, but this patent looks like the same old same ole’; a QWERTY with reduced screen size.

  7. Brerlou King

    07/09/2012 at 10:18 pm

    I think I’ll go with the MyTouch 4G Slide

  8. stef

    07/22/2012 at 7:56 am

    Yes! the only reason ive stated with my blackberry is because i cannot abide touch screen QWERTY.

  9. Ed

    07/26/2012 at 5:39 am

    Come on, RIM. You have the best made keyboards out there. Just use an operating system that doesn’t suck (I personally would love a blackberry keyboard on a phone running webOS) on a phone with some nice specs, and you’ll be golden.

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