The war rages on and the fight continues. Yep, the patent wars is upon us in the world of mobile technology and Android is in the middle of it all. Apple have many patents that were filed a long time ago and way back in some cases for example as 2006, and now they are only getting granted and used by them against Android. Shouts rage on, mainly on a certain implementation within Android that recently see an introduction into iOS and that was the Notification pull down menu bar. This is a main feature and part of Android since it’s commercial incarnation. Now we hear a lot of this, and hear as well, why the hell hasn’t Google been taking Apple to court over this Android feature? Well, hear is the following information that clears all this up.
Google filled for an application on their notification bar system, and it was way back filed back in January of 2009. The patent system as slow as ever it seems then, Application number 12/363,325 to be more exact is still in the motion of being pending, whether it will get accepted is another thing, but I can’t see why it won’t, I mean come on it’s an Android feature right?
Anyway here are more details of the patent in it’s abstract below.
A computer-implemented user notification method includes displaying, in a status area near a perimeter of a graphical interface, a notification of a recent alert event for a mobile device, receiving a user selection in the status area, and in response to the receipt of the user selection, displaying, in a central zone of the graphical interface, detail regarding a plurality of recent messaging events for the mobile device
So with Apple getting granted patents and using them against Google it seems Android has a powerful one here as well, if it gets granted of course.
Source: Google Patents