When the BlackBerry 10 information first began trickling out, one such rumored feature extensively leaked was called ‘Cinnamon Toast’. The feature is part of the BlackBerry 10 ‘toasts’. You can see these already being applied when deleting a picture and a popup notification asks if you’d like to ‘undo’ the action.

The general idea behind Cinnamon Toast was to reveal and conceal information based on the angle a user is holding the smartphone. Lets say you receive a popup notification for an incoming message, as you pick up the device more and more information is revealed and vice versa.

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It was something everyone thought would have been available with the launch of BlackBerry 10. However, it was absent and we later heard BlackBerry thought the feature was ‘too gimmicky’. Thus, apparently abandoning the integration of Cinnamon Toast.

That hasn’t stopped BlackBerry from applying for an application to patent Cinnamon Toast. Here’s the first five claims of patent 20130222231:

  1. A method of displaying information related to a message on a display screen of a handheld electronic device comprising: in response to a movement of the handheld electronic device from an initial position to a first orientation, displaying on the display screen a first notice related to the message.
  2. The method of claim 1 wherein the movement is a tilting movement.
  3. The method of claim 2 wherein the tilting of the handheld electronic device into the first orientation comprises tilting the handheld electronic device about a tilt axis that is substantially parallel to the display screen.
  4. The method of claim 2 wherein tilting of the handheld electronic device comprises tilting the handheld electronic device about an axis that is substantially parallel to an edge of the handheld electronic device.
  5. The method of claim 2 further comprising: detecting a change of direction in the tilting of the device and progressively reducing the displayed information related to the message as the device returns to the initial position.

BlackBerry didn’t stop there. The company has also applied for a patent for the now iconic text-prediction found on the BlackBerry 10 keyboard. Anyone who’s ever tried the BB10 keyboard knows it trumps all others.

If granted, these patents will help keep BlackBerry 10 from getting copied by the competition. It should help thwart things like the ‘Octopus keyboard‘ on iOS.

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