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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 01:42 PM.

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    Prior Art?

    saw this on Androidcentral.

    Android manufacturer's might have a shot. Seems the slide to unlock was not Apple's invention.

    Apple granted patent on slide to unlock, even though it existed 2 years before they invented it | Android Central
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    I saw this on Android Police - The original slide to unlock:



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    This one should be challenged and thrown out. They need to gut the Patent Office and start over IMO. Hand gestures shouldn't be patentable lest the deaf end up owning all of them, and demanding a license fee from every device owner including those owning iOS devices.

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    Isn't it the case that Apple patented the slide to unlock via a fixed trail, similar to the sliding chainlock?
    That should not really be any problem in my opinion.
    Android's native unlock system is also usable as a slide to unlock, but doesn't use a fixed trail to unlock. And it doesn't even have the need to use the slide gesture. Just press the lock and then press anywhere on the circular perimeter.
    Last edited by RonnieD; 10-29-2011 at 03:02 AM.

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    let them have it...

    its not secure anyway, why would you want to `lock` your phone with a gesture... the feature doesnt actually `lock` anything. You have to press the home button, then swipe ... there is no code, therefore its only protecting against accidental button presses in your pocket.

    A lock feature should incorporate a sequence or combination only known to the user which stops unauthorised access, ie pin.

    I would never use a slide to unlock feature anyway, its not secure and you could leave all your data open to anyone with your handset.

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    Soooo right...it's a latch, not a lock.

    The slide gesture is so generic, it would be monopolistic to patent it. And as RonnieD said, the Apple-patented gesture is along a fixed trail. Somehow, I like the Android circle thing, it's different.

    (It would be nice if there was a golden key on the display when the touchscreen is in "hold" state; touching the key should cause a keyhole to appear--perhaps in a gold/brass circle--in a user-predefined part of the display. The user then drags the key to the keyhole, and it snaps in with a clicking sound, and hey presto! both disappear while the touchscreen is released from the "hold" state. Sounds cumbersome, you say? Just let Google try it--the people will love it! Or I request some dev to come up with it...please.)

 

 

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