Nokia’s Patent Restricts Android Multiple User Account Switching To Tablets?

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Yesterday, Google announced a new feature in Android 4.2 called Multi-user switching which Windows RT tablets will also have. Being a mobile OS, Android has this only for tablet devices and not for mobile phones.

With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space. Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games – even individual high scores and levels! And since Android is built with multitasking at its core, it’s a snap to switch between users – no need to log in and out. Available only on tablets.

According to TC, the reason Google avoided this feature into mobile phones may be because of a patent owned by Nokia.

From Nokia’s patent,

A mobile telephone is designed to be used by several different end-users at different times. A first end-user can alter the mobile telephone so that it operates in a manner specific to that first end-user and a subsequent end-user can alter the mobile telephone so that it operates in a manner specific to that subsequent end-user; each end-user has only to respond to prompts displayed on a screen in order to alter the mobile telephone so that it operates in a manner specific to that end-user.

We are all well aware of the fact that Nokia has an impressive patent portfolio and even Apple licensed them by paying royalties last year. Google, you better do it!

Source: TC



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  • just

    Google is cheap avoiding paying royalties to patent holders, and Samsung is one example of patent violations. Google you will make mistake later and you will end up like Samsung with an Apple shove up your behind.

    • The__Truth__Hurts

      “Samsung with an Apple shove up your behind.”

      Good example….. But bad example as well…

      A better example is: “Apple chasing Samsung all over the place.”

      Yes, Apple has won some stuff against Samsung. But overall Apple has just thrown mud that did not stick on Samsung. Matter of fact, a lot of “huge wins” for Apple? Have been overturned or higher up courts (even the government in some cases) has told the court who gave the first ruling to (basically) overturn it.

      What was it? Oracle was going to get a multi-BILLIONS from Google? Massive case that would destroy Android/Google? Well lets put it nicely, Oracle ended up having to /pay/ Google. That completely backfired.

      Google is like a quick-fast kid. Yes, Microsoft may try to chase down them, but how much effort is it going to take Microsoft and will it even be worth it at the end when it is all done and finished….?

      • Bugbog

        The problem with your version of victory is, it’s all well and dandy given/as long as you are getting what you want. The moment that situation changes or is reversed, things will no longer look so rosy.

        That’s why the saying “those who fail to study history, are doomed to repeat it” has lasted down throughout the decades. If you know what you are doing is wrong, just because you get away with it, doesn’t make it right.

        It may not happen right away, or in the immediate future. But it’s only a matter of time before some entity takes Google’s tech (without licensing it) and uses it brazenly to edge them out.
        And when they cry “Wolf”, we’ll see how many ‘people’ stand up to assist them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rikkirik-Contrera/100003341041631 Rikkirik Contrera

        Well it’s just how you look at it. Google is surely losing a lot more than you think.
        First of all if Google had developed it’s own OS it would have been able to collect licensing fees. This is lost revenue and profit.
        Now all Android partners (Samsung, HTC, Sony etc) are paying licensing fees to Microsoft. This is estimated at between 800 million to more than $ 1 billion in extra revenue’s and profits for Microsoft. The patentinfringement does not only pertain to Android but also to the use of the Chrome browser (on phones and tablets).
        Second. Android and Google apps do not deliver the kind of revenues that Apple’s Iphone and apps produce. Google focus on cheap and unfinished products means that people who buy Android smartphones go for cheap phones and free apps. Apple’s revenue on apps is more than 6 billion, Google’s a mere 500 million. The revenue and profits of the Iphone far surpasses that of Google. Google still generates no profits from Android, since 96% of their revenue and profits still come from Search (for the past 6 years this has not changed).
        In the heated patent fight between Microsoft, Apple on one side and Google on the other, Goolge found itself compelled to invest 12 billion in the acquisition of (the money losing) Motorolla. The acquisition would give Google an arsenal of patents with which it vowed to protect it’s partners against Microsoft, Apple and others. We know how this ended. All partners are paying Microsoft licensing fees. Apple is still a big headache for Samsung, whether the court rulingf of 1 billion in damages is fully overturned or not, it’s costing Samsung a lot of dollars.
        Android as a cheap OS is also suffering in other ways. If even the FBI is warning about security issues in Android, the damage for Google and Android in the enterprise and business market is huge.
        Google Doc’s is losing terrain to office 365 etc. and so I can go on and on and on. But the costs are rising for Google, with the introduction of W8 OS across devices (phones, tablets and PC’s), Google is having to rethink their strategy, pushing Jelly Bean (to create a uniform ecosystem instead like IOS or W8 OS, instead of a defragmented ecosystem) and the Nexus as a cheap but quality brandname for Google’s own tablets and smartphones. This will only work in the shortrun (Android will take some marketshare of the fading Symbian and Blackberry), but not in the midterm, it’s a little too late. Google is already losing ground, since Microsoft’s all in one W8 PC or hybrid W8 tablet PC’s has hit the market. Apple will also suffer because of this. In certain countries (Brazil, Itally, Finland, Russia etc) Microsoft WP 7 already has double digit market share and WP8 will only speed up this proces.
        If Google had invested in qualitative Android and ecosystem it would not be having the problems it’s having now. Conclusion: Yes Google is paying for it’s mistakes, paying dearly.

  • Smith

    This make Android phones have even less features compare to Windows Phone devices.. Now who has less features fandroids!? LOL

  • The__Truth__Hurts

    I agree with Google 100%. The Patent system needs to be cleaned up, MASSIVELY.

    There are patents that NEED to be defended! 100%.
    But you have patents that companies NEED to have patented and then don’t fairly license them out.
    Then you have the patents that companies pick up to just sue other companies.
    Also, the patents companies have that should have not been patented.

    Workstation? Fine.
    Server? Fine.
    Desktop? Fine.
    Laptop? Fine.
    Tablet? Fine.
    TV Box? Fine.
    Phone? Not fine….? The only difference is form factor! (maybe OS, but at the same time not, because the same OS may be on multiple form factors)

    Let the best win. Let the best win. And if Apple & Google didn’t put pressure onto Microsoft, Microsoft would put half baked devices out.

    Right now, I’ll be picking up a Nexus 4 phone and a Surface RT tablet. Once Microsoft makes a surface phone, I’ll pick one up, but only then.

    Right now, there will be (really) no better phone than the Nexus 4. Well… Yes, but you will have to pay a significant amount MORE to get a better phone, and when you are talking $300+ for an unlocked phone? Is $300+ really worth it?

    • ErikPienknagura

      it is an intellectual property of Nokia, so why wouldn’t google just ask for licensing?
      the owner of the invention has the right to license or to keep his invention from being used, and its a great thing cause it makes people and other companies find other solutions

    • Bugbog

      I think the real question you have to ask is: why is it that when Microsoft, Apple and Others perform their Keynotes (or press releases) they expound on either their patented tech, or the licensed tech [of others] that they have incorporated into their systems and devices.

      What Licenses have Google taken?

      Look at it this way.

      There are some Laws that you don’t agree with, are fundamentally wrong, and you protest against?

      Do you then, blatantly, break them on that basis?!

      • http://twitter.com/Makavelli_Jrw Mr.InTernaTionaL

        Microsoft and Apple both have a cross license agreement with each other. No one wants to have that with Google because they really don’t have nothing to offer anyone and they are a bad name in the IP world..

  • Smity Smiter

    Unfair in my opinion.

  • TriAxis

    too bad Microsoft or Nokia didn’t have this patent on tablets too. In all reality this feature isn’t needed much on phones. Who actually shares a phone where this is needed. A tablet and PC needs multiple user profiles. In this day and age almost everyone has there own phone. It would have been nice if they could have blocked Android tablets from having this feature too. :P

  • Alex F.

    Invented by Tim O’Cock. Giggedy.