With apple recently having the patent 7657849 approved it would seem that they are hell bent on ensuring technology outside Apple does not evolve.
“A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture. In addition, there is a need for sensory feedback to the user regarding progress towards satisfaction of a user input condition that is required for the transition to occur.”
The patent in summary covers pretty much every gesture that could be used to unlock a touchscreen by users touching the screen and in turn makes every Android device in existence to breach the patent laws.
Is this a cure for ICS to be pushed to all known devices or will Google find another way round this ridiculous patent law?