Motorola's unsubtle Tweet suggests Samsung stole its "always on display" feature

By midian182 ยท 14 replies
Aug 19, 2016
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  1. In today’s connected society, having a grievance with someone often involves unsubtly having a go at them on social media. And the practice isn’t limited to people; companies can do it as well.

    Motorola has taken to Twitter as a way of suggesting that Samsung stole the “always on display” feature found in the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 from the US firm. It didn’t name the South Korean company or its products directly, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out who Motorola is referring to in the tweet.

    “In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phones’ cool features? #TheOriginalAlwaysOnDisplay #motozdroid,” it read.

    Samsung has pushed the always on display, which can show information such as battery life, time, date, and other information, as a desirable feature on its range of Galaxy 7 series smartphones, starting with the release of the S7 and Edge variant back in February.

    Motorola seems to be claiming that it was the first company to introduce the feature, presumably with the 2013 Moto X and its “Active Display.” But many on Twitter have pointed out that while this may have been first Android smartphone with an AOD, Nokia’s Symbian-powered N86 from 2009 had an always-on clock and date. A few years later, the Finnish firm introduced the Glance screen feature to its Lumia devices, which also shows always-on information.

    It’s pretty unlikely that Motorola would start any sort of legal dispute with Samsung, especially with Nokia seemingly coming up with the idea first. But the incident shows how companies don’t shy away from using Twitter to throw jabs at each other.

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  2. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 710   +379

    B U t t H u r T
    veLa, Reehahs, Hexic and 1 other person like this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Motorola may have had the feature before Samsung but who the hell knew about it? Samsung made it popular which is something those other companies fell flat on their faces with.
    wastedkill likes this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,326   +1,974

    I seem to recall a similar feature on the old Apple LISA computer years ago and they stole all their idea's from XeroxPark sooooooo ..........................
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    I recall windows phones having that feature since what the windows phone was created? Looks like Motorola is referring to their theft of microsoft's cool features.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,694

    *yawn* Someone let me know when Motorola kicks the bucket.
    Darth Shiv and wastedkill like this.
  7. thorpj

    thorpj TS Enthusiast Posts: 98   +27

    Let's imagine this scenario where I create this new app, that has this amazing new feature.

    Huge company _____ puts the (copyrighted) feature into their app.

    That's obviously copyright infringement.

    "But we made it popular" they say. "So we didn't do anything wrong".

    Yeah, that'll hold up...
  8. Fostil

    Fostil TS Rookie

    Well samsung didnt even tried to change icons for theyr version of always on display feature. It's exactly same as moto version...
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    Samsung stealing ideas from others, what's new?
  10. Zenodroid

    Zenodroid TS Booster Posts: 132   +27

    Didnt moto steal it from nokia ? lumia had it years before ms bought nokia
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  11. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    And then Microsoft stole the WIMP interface from Lisa. Isn't everything a stolen idea these days?
  12. Zenodroid

    Zenodroid TS Booster Posts: 132   +27

    imagine the person who had the idea of making the first comment on any online stuff. arent we all stealing that persons idea with doing comments every day ? I mean, I never asked for being able to comment. ;)
    Uncle Al likes this.
  13. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    Let's go one further and imagine that guy had patented the idea...
  14. Zenodroid

    Zenodroid TS Booster Posts: 132   +27

    to take it the right way, it would be the next guy/girl and then sue the first guy for stealing the idea. just like apple. just to keep the steal sue like in real life.
  15. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Only Motorola weren't first so them complaining about it doesn't mean anything.

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