Latest Google Patent Uses Pattern Unlock Mechanism to Directly Enable Certain Apps
"This document describes a computing system that provides for alternative unlocking patterns. In general, a computing system may recognize multiple unlocking patterns," Google explains in its patent application. "The unlocking patterns, when entered by a user, may perform different actions. For example, a first unlocking pattern may cause the computing system to unlock the computing system and display a home screen, while a second unlocking pattern may cause the computing system to unlock the computing system and automatically display a user interface for a particular application program (and perhaps launch the application if is not already active)."
Whether or not Google takes advantage of its newly issued patent remains to be seen. With Android 4.3 having recently been launched, there's apparently still time to implement this feature into Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie).