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Apple granted 'slide to unlock' patent for touchscreen devices

26 October, 2011 | Read the news | Post your comment
Apple granted 'slide to unlock' patent for touchscreen devices - read the full textBack in December 2005, more than a year before the first iPhone was announced, Apple had filed for a patent for their revolutionary 'slide to unlock' gesture for touchscreen devices. The patent was described as follows. A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures...

 

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> In reply to lolalot @ 2011-10-26 08:49 from PI5L - click to readThat's what my HTC says, "drag to unlock", not slide, since drag involves friction while sliding is dragging with lesser friction.. :p

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  • 2011-10-26 15:35
  • t7vd

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-26 08:45 from IWNT - click to readI don' think so.. that dot thingy actually doesn't have a predefined path.. we as users define them ourselves, so technically it is not manufacturer-specified..

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  • 2011-10-26 15:33
  • t7vd

> In reply to Fred @ 2011-10-26 10:19 from 3D%j - click to readWhy do you think crapple got thr patent only now? whwn all this patent wars are on. Crapple bought the judje to give them the patent after 6 years..and it will probably get revoked at some point.

crapple would do anything to become the rightfull owner of everything. now with this retarded thing every company that invents something will imediately patent it and there will be improovement. apple will go down because it will have no ideeas left to steal. So unwilingly crapple dug theyre own grave with this.

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  • 2011-10-26 15:27
  • 0Uvv

> In reply to Zaid @ 2011-10-26 08:42 from 2S}y - click to readIt's said PREDEFINED, which means that you have to slide it in ONLY one place. So if you can slide it in ANY place you want you can't be in trouble.

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  • 2011-10-26 15:17
  • nxSy

> In reply to Highst @ 2011-10-26 15:13 from 3AxW - click to readhmm sorry u got it wrong...i granted this patient because i don't like android like many others and its filled with virus and bugs and copied from MS kernel

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  • 2011-10-26 15:16
  • utHt

> In reply to angel @ 2011-10-26 10:42 from 32xA - click to readi am with u 100% on this android can only copy(invent)

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  • 2011-10-26 15:14
  • utHt

The person who granted the patent has a new Ipad

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  • 2011-10-26 15:13
  • 3AxW

> In reply to I need to argue @ 2011-10-26 10:48 from 860N - click to readhey "I need to argue" must be "you need to agree" android always copies REMEMBER this, either from apple/Nokia/RIM/MS..this will be proved by beginning of next year when the case filed by MS will be heard against android. then i really wonder where will all those fandroids disappear !!! worth watching ain't it ???

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  • 2011-10-26 15:11
  • utHt

This is just stupid, why be so picky on how a phone unlocks. I wish Motorola would just take everyone to court for copying there first idea of a mobile phone and take full control by slapping these other phone companys round the ear and tell them to grow up! ps I'm putting a patent in for how your legs move back and fore whilst walking so watch out.

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  • 2011-10-26 15:06
  • 3AxW

> In reply to TechnoFreak @ 2011-10-26 11:17 from mcja - click to readyeah fandroids will invent(copy) other ways of unlocking the phone

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  • 2011-10-26 15:04
  • utHt

> In reply to Blankman @ 2011-10-26 13:40 from mrLT - click to readNokia is/will be always smart unlike other copy cats(android)...now u can prove ur self smart if u r still with Nokia....or else u will go blank-man

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  • 2011-10-26 14:59
  • utHt

> In reply to Tom-Helge @ 2011-10-26 14:26 from SrdG - click to readYup this was what I was indicating also, its decided by courts and authorities anyway, so what's the big deal, same as fingerprint to unlock patents, and facial recognition to unlock patents. The real noise here is probably because the words 'Apple' and 'iPhone' appeared in the article in my opinion.

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  • 2011-10-26 14:52
  • mTWB

> In reply to admad @ 2011-10-26 11:21 from SmRV - click to readThat may be covered by FRAND regulations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...natory_terms

Not saying the law is perfect, but it does cover what you mentioned, and the unnecessary insulting of others as smartasses.

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  • 2011-10-26 14:50
  • mTWB

> In reply to themaker @ 2011-10-26 11:08 from 04Mn - click to readThey wouldnt sue you no.
they would sue the company or person who made the app as they are the ones who broke the patent

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  • 2011-10-26 14:44
  • ixum

This is really stupid...I'm not using any android phone or apple phone and not using this "slide to unlock"...but when i read this article...OMG Apple so childish...please stop this war...

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  • 2011-10-26 14:41
  • U}}B

> In reply to Blankman @ 2011-10-26 13:40 from mrLT - click to readyeah, except nobody cares that much about Nokia, right :-)nice try though

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  • 2011-10-26 14:39
  • MVfw

> In reply to admad @ 2011-10-26 11:21 from SmRV - click to readexcactly :-). i always use the steering wheel of a car as an example :-)

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  • 2011-10-26 14:34
  • MVfw

http://www.appleinsider.com/ar...invalid.html

Do i really need to say more than that?

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  • 2011-10-26 14:26
  • SrdG

If apple do decide to go after tha manufacturers it will be really petty and just show how childish they really are! In other words they need to grow up! This all comes back to Steve Jobs wanting to, as quoted in the BBC technology section "Destroy Android". Even in the passing of Jobs, Apple will continue the war against Google but won't go up against them directly, they'll just go after the smaller parties like the manufacturers using Android (Samsung, HTC).

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  • 2011-10-26 14:25
  • M0ZA

> In reply to Mick @ 2011-10-26 11:13 from Sq{Y - click to readno dude, predefined means predefined. to Unlock on the touchwiz ui by samsung you don't need to follow a predefined path, you just sweep in any direction you prefere to unlock. same on the newer htc sense ui. simple.

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  • 2011-10-26 14:20
  • MVfw

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