Google files for touchscreen keyboard patent because it wants to own all the things

Google dropped its touchscreen keyboard software onto the Play store for all Android comers just a little over a month ago and now it appears the Mountain View giant wants to own the tech behind it. A recently surfaced patent application, submitted in January of this year, outlines a method for determining finger placement in conjunction with touchscreen soft key input. And that's about as deep as the USPTO doc gets. It's not unfamiliar territory for Google which also filed for a separate patent back earlier this winter that detailed a full-finger, gesture-based touch keyboard -- likely for future implementation in tablets or Chromebooks.