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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 Motorola Xoom News forums, part of the Motorola Xoom 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 actually 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
    Last edited by dgstorm; 10-27-2011 at 02:42 PM.

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    They probably tried to patent this too.

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    OMG, this is getting a bit crazy! Soon anything that lights up, is mostly flat and can surf the net will be in danger...

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    Speaking of this, before I sent my Xoom in for the 4G upgrade, I had it configured so that when I turned it on or woke it up it displayed the last screen I was on and not the unlock dohicky. I can not figure out how to get back to there, anyone?
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    Menu>settings>Location & Security>lockscreen>configure lockscreen off.



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    apple is taking all their toys and leaving the playground. babies.

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    Apple is just following every other major corporation.

    Can you believe variations on LIFE have been patented. Just wait 'till you see what these intellectual think tanks are producing for Monsanto, GE, and every other multi-billion dollar company. A lock screen will seem trivial.

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    it requires a predefined location and direction. ics is a circle that can go any direction to unlock.

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    Our Xoom does the circle as well but my wife's Droid 2 currently is a static slide. Certainly easy to change the cosmetics of this but without prior art (I have not searched yet) this would be something solid for them if they truly came up with the idea.
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