“Google last week saw a patent it filed for back in 2010 published that describes a manner in which users interact with a smartphone–or PC–to unlock the device and perform at least one command,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET.
“According to the patent filing, the commands can be anything from placing a phone call to opening an application,” Reisinger reports. “Unlike typical unlocking mechanisms, which bring users back to the last screen they had opened before locking the device, Google’s technology immediately brings users to their desired activity.”
Reisinger reports, “Since Apple already owns a slide-to-unlock patent, it appears that the added functionality might be Google’s way of securing this patent… Just yesterday, Apple won a key ruling in a German court that said Motorola Mobility is violating Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent in several of its mobile devices.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacademiaNut” for the heads up.]
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Apple charges Samsung Galaxy Nexus infringes ‘Slide-to-Unlock’ invention in Germany – January 20, 2012
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– October 26, 2011