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Apple Granted Slide-to-Unlock Screen Patent; Potentially Grim News for Android

This is a discussion on Apple Granted Slide-to-Unlock Screen Patent; Potentially Grim News for Android within the Atrix News & Site News forums, part of the Motorola Atrix News & Site News category; Apparently, the US Patent & Trademark Office recently granted the "slide-to-unlock" patent to Apple. This could potentially portend a slew of new lawsuits from Apple ...

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    Apple Granted Slide-to-Unlock Screen Patent; Potentially Grim News for Android


    Apparently, the US Patent & Trademark Office recently granted the "slide-to-unlock" patent to Apple. This could potentially portend a slew of new lawsuits from Apple against Android manufacturers, especially since so many Android devices use this type of unlock system. It's important to note that this patent was acutally applied for back in 2005, so it's not something Apple was being a sneaky about. Here's a tidbit from the patent,
    A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture. In addition, there is a need for sensory feedback to the user regarding progress towards satisfaction of a user input condition that is required for the transition to occur.
    The folks credited for the invention are iOS chief, Scott Forstall and Apple engineers Imran Chaudhri, Bas Ording, Freddy Allen Anzures, Marcel Van Os, Stephen O. Lemay and Greg Christie. At this point, it is unknown as to whether the new unlock mechanism in Android 4.0/ICS will be impacted by this, but we will keep you informed as things develop.

    Source: Android.net via 9to5Mac

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    Yuck!


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    Let just hope that they play nice I guess....

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    Unfortunately, based on what I've read, Apple is out for blood - they don't want a licensing agreement.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobKort View Post
    Let just hope that they play nice I guess....
    Hoping that Apple will play nice is kinda like hoping an alligator won't bite your arm off after sticking it in its mouth.
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    I read this over on Android Police. I was disgusted by Apple and their ongoing pointless attacks on the mobile industry. This only negatively affects progress in the tech community. They are showing how truly selfish they are. They do not have the consumer in mind what so ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraDroid View Post
    Unfortunately, based on what I've read, Apple is out for blood - they don't want a licensing agreement.


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    I kind of knew that anyway sadly....

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    Well they're kind of echoing Steve Jobs determination/obsession with destroying the Android OS. They don't need the money, so why bother working on a licensing agreement?


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    I just just want to know how would they, the Android lockscreen is similar but not quite the same.

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    I'm going to call BS on this. It's a shame they didn't patten the mobile phone.

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