Google awarded patent for alternative unlocking patterns in Android

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Aug 6, 2013
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  1. Android users have enjoyed quick access to frequently-used apps via the lock screen for some time. This allows you to pop into any given app in a few taps as possible – granted you don’t have a pattern lock on...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I always liked that way of unlocking.
  3. Dimitriid

    Dimitriid TS Booster Posts: 37   +37

    And what good will that do if Obama can just veto any injunction anyway provided it's against campaign contributors like Apple
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  4. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,378   +168

    Another bullshit patent. The patent system really needs to stop granting patents for UI design.
    Timonius likes this.
  5. They didn't patent UI design, but a way how it unlocks.
  6. Another stupid patent. Don't act like its "okay" just because a company you like is doing it.

    I'd wager only about 10% of software patents that have been awarded in the last 20 years could actually be justified. The other 90% is just as ridiculous as Apple's swipe to unlock and this nonsense.
  7. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

    Not sure how Apple can lose its patent for Swipe To Unlock, then Google gets this patent confirmed. What is going on? I wish a tech website would investigate this as if they were journalists and explain what is happening here.

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