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[MaxPC] Google Gets Pattern Unlock Patent

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With all the patent trolling by Apple i thought it would be nice to show what Google has been up to, though i am a google fan the dumb patents go both ways.
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Pattern locking is a way for users to protect their phones with a custom pattern of dots that must be drawn on the lock screen. It has been shown in the past that the system is far from perfect, with finger smudges occasionally giving the pattern away. Some OEMs have also replaced the Android lock screen with their own custom UI, but pattern locking is usually lurking someplace behind the scenes.

Google also received a patent on gestures performed anywhere on a lock screen to initiate an action, like checking upcoming events. This might be a hint at future capabilities in Android.

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post #2 of 48
Whyyyyyyy Google! frown.gif

I remember having this on my WinMo phone, long before Android hit the scene. *sigh*
 
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Originally Posted by manifest3r View Post

Whyyyyyyy Google! frown.gif
They are just playing Apple's game.
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Originally Posted by Rebelord View Post

They are just playing Apple's game.

This
    
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I screwed myself getting an iPhone... I hate tapping the keys to unlock!
    
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How is this bad? It protects Google from Apple patenting it.
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^ this

I will get all up in arms when they(google & co) sue somebody for it. They may or may not, or the license could be cheap to free.

This is not surprising, because apple went after their "feature",

As long as numpad to unlock is on every mobi OS, I will be happy. Crack my 8 digit PW. I dare you. (yes i know there is more than 1 way to kin a cat, it was for the sake of argument)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nocturin View Post

^ this
I will get all up in arms when they(google & co) sue somebody for it. They may or may not, or the license could be cheap to free.
This is not surprising, because apple went after their "feature",
As long as numpad to unlock is on every mobi OS, I will be happy. Crack my 8 digit PW. I dare you. (yes i know there is more than 1 way to kin a cat, it was for the sake of argument)

Google won't sue, they won't even license. Their philosophy is the exact opposite. They believe everybody should be able to use everything. (unfortunately that includes your personal information biggrin.gif)
    
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Google retaliating to Apples patents. If Google didn't do this, Apple would snatch it up or something. It's bad they had to resort to doing this but i think they are trying to level the playing field.
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