A method to pass the lock
screen and get into
the operating system to use it. Users are required to slide their finger on a predefined position on the lock
screen. Popularised by Apple
's iPhone, and Apple
has patented the whole vague idea, thus making
it one of the most ridiculous patents yet.
There hardly could be a method to unlock
the screen by doing a certain action on the screeen itself without violating that patent. For example, Apple also
claimed that a tap on the screen is a 'zero-length sliding'. Microsoft introduced a picture password unlock
screen to Windows 8, but that is also
essentially a slide to unlock
the slide to unlock
on Android in many
ways, so that now they look so very different. Yet, Apple wants
to ban Android products for this patent or wants
the manufacturers to pay a ridiculously high
patent fee for this.
A Japanese man: You know, we used to slide the door
to open it and get into the room.
guy: Hey, that sounds
like slide to unlock to me. You violated our patent! You'd better stop using that door
A Japanese man: We had those since thousands years ago?
guy: Doesn't matter. We've got the patent. See you in the court.