Android is terrible, i've tried using it so many times and its just awkward, my iPhone 3G, 4 and now 4S are far superior to anything ive used with Android on it!!! and as for the Android Market...
Max, 26 Oct 2011Incidentally, Palm Pilots were unlocked in the precise same way - by dragging across a touchsc... more"Either way, it should be a rule that if the patent officer is given just the problem and the proposed solution is among the first three solutions he comes up from the top of his head, it SHOULD NOT BE PATENTABLE. End of story."
If I were this patent officer who could come up with all these 'first three' solutions, I think it should be made a rule that he quit his job and be hired in a tech company lol.
Apple and Microsoft are so afraid with Android and device manufacture growth in market share and user's demand. this is about money gain for Apple and Microsoft that can't win, so they do patent lawsuit infringments.... sorry for my english.
Anonymous, 26 Oct 2011Thanks Apple, and thanks your hairness mr. judge.., now we can celebrate "slide to unlock... moreDoyou celebrate Facial Recognition Unlock day, or Biometric Unlock day as well? Or just days on companies you hate for no good reason.
WTF! This is ridiculous Apple! How can companies innovate if Apple kills competition in the market?
slimberry, 26 Oct 2011Bit of a joke here but, I got more money than the US government. They are in debt~ I'm not~ lolLOL that means I'm richer than the US govt too!
Its very cheap tricks Apple is trying to play....its alone and for sure will lose the battle very soon to the Android players
Max, 26 Oct 2011Incidentally, Palm Pilots were unlocked in the precise same way - by dragging across a touchsc... moreYou have almost reiterated my point exactly.
While similar in principle, the slight differences are probably what led to Apple receiving the patent (finger as opposed to stylus), (straight line vs writing letters), up and down, vs left to right).
In essence, it is both a big deal and not so big a deal. Apple is protecting its way of unlocking, leaving so many other ways for other manufacturers, which I also believe has led to the innovative Facial Recognition unlock on Galaxy Nexus, also don't forget the fingerprint unlock we have seen on other devices.
Wonder what reaction will be when Google gets patent for the facial unlock. Somehow I doubt it will be "Oohhh my godd! this is so abusive! They are bullies" yada yada yada.
You guys seriously need to chill.
Wonderful! Another brain dead patent awarded to the "iCopy but sell it as mine" company that, of course, will now sue the whole world just to have its fanboys flame the internet with their mumbo-jumbo.
A stupid patent is still a stupid patent. Shame on USPTO for giving weapons to patent trolls such as Crapple lawyers. The Sweden company did correctly not file the patent because in EU (that is much more better than US in this) patents can't be issued on software implementation. Patents should protect technologies not ideas. Protecting ideas is foul because it kills innovation (all the idiotic patent wars going on are a good example) and the risk of awarding a generic patent as this one is too high. Sorry for Crapple fanboys but if the patent is on the idea, once the idea is used on another product before the patent is filed, it can't be patented (otherwise someone could patent the "push a button" thing and rightfully sue the whole world). If the patent is on the process itself, the patent filed by Crapple is way too generic and should be rejected anyway.
It's just a sloppy USPTO job (or maybe is just an too-good-to-be-true timing for awarding it given the war raging worldwide). Who knows?
Anonymous, 26 Oct 2011Very good point. Now I ask, why do you HOPE that Android patented it? To avoid it being copied... moreGood point! Sometimes just putting yourself in someone else's shoes is all it takes to understand a topic better.
mrjobsassistant, 26 Oct 2011do you really think Apple will fail?? they have more money than the US goverment, the brand is... moreBit of a joke here but, I got more money than the US government. They are in debt~ I'm not~ lol
Someone, 26 Oct 2011The "market" never demanded a touchscreen tablet in 2010.
But Apple made one any... moreGood point~ I got me there.
I hope the next Apple item is something different too.
Not something like the iphone 5 or Ipad 3.
Hoping completely different. (Apple TV is a rumor but sounds good~~ will probably be iTV? lol)
Anonymous, 26 Oct 2011Good move on Android releasing the face unlock feature on the ICS. I hope they patent it if no... moreVery good point. Now I ask, why do you HOPE that Android patented it? To avoid it being copied right?
Now go back to the article and ask yourself why Apple patented slide to lock.
Thanks Apple, and thanks your hairness mr. judge.., now we can celebrate "slide to unlock day" every year on 25 october.
Anonymous, 26 Oct 2011It is only 'obvious' to you now, because of how popular it has become. How were Palm Pilots or... moreIncidentally, Palm Pilots were unlocked in the precise same way - by dragging across a touchscreen along a predefined way - except the touchscreen was resistive not capacitive, you used a stylus not your finger, the "way" was predefined by you and not the manufacturer, and it was called "input your password by writing letters on the screen please". But if that's not close enough for you, the BACKLIGHT on the same device (a Palm clone called Clie SL20) could be turned on and off EXACTLY like that: swiping up or down across the screen. Prior art, anyone...?
So yes, it is THAT obvious, and almost unavoidable as long as the operation is performed on a touchscreen alone.
Either way, it should be a rule that if the patent officer is given just the problem and the proposed solution is among the first three solutions he comes up from the top of his head, it SHOULD NOT BE PATENTABLE. End of story.
Anonymous, 26 Oct 2011This is ridiculous. Although I'm not that surprised to find out that the US are just protectin... moredo you really think Apple will fail?? they have more money than the US goverment, the brand is iconic and recognised all over the world face it Apple is going nowhere!
nowave7, 26 Oct 2011As far as I understand there is something called prior art in patent world. Basically prior ar... moreI don't know about that. But that also the case in one of our traditional food in Indonesia named "Tempe" which made from soybeans. We already made and consume it for decades, and the Japanesse is the one who got the patent. So I guess it's not about who doing it first. It's all about who patent it first. And patent won't be granted if it's the only way to execute the need (like walking/driving/flying in pedestrian/street/sky example from someone).
Apple seems to be run by a load of tools with small tackle these days! I'm not sure who started the whole APPLE/SAMSUNG thing off but when will these guys understand. If we like OSx we buy that, if we like Android we buy that, if we like WP7 we buy that... Why can't they all just get on with what they think looks nice and works well and let everyone else get on with everything else!