Alas US patent laws may be hampering functionality...

by Al Sutton » Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:32:43 GMT

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Alas US patent laws may be hampering functionality...

by al74 » Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:55:58 GMT

 I have MT on my G1 and the truth is that I hardly ever use it. Unlike
iPhone that requires zoom in in order to being able to press on small
links and opens the page all zoomed out, the G1 has a trackball that
is much more superior that finger press for links and is zooming-in
auto to a readable size. Not saying the "pinch to zoom" is not cool or
useful when you do need to zoom, it's just not necessary as it is on
the iphone.


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Alas US patent laws may be hampering functionality...

by Kent » Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:55:19 GMT

 It seems this really is just a rumor. Luke Hutchison(the guy who
actually implemented the multi-touch hack) has this to say about the

If you look at his work, he has a good deal of credibility.  Since I
don't plan on going through the whole codebase myself this week, I'll
take his word for it.



Alas US patent laws may be hampering functionality...

by Eric Wong ( » Sat, 07 Mar 2009 15:56:19 GMT

 Can Apple's Multi-Touch Patent Withstand Scrutiny -- or Challenge? 

Btw, there is a company that is collecting prior art right now to
challenge Apple's patent..........Contact me if you want to know
more ;)

Alas US patent laws may be hampering functionality...

by Evil Mushroom Lord » Mon, 09 Mar 2009 05:12:25 GMT

 ncorrect. Multi touch brings huge user interface options, while
taking away none. (You can still single touch on a multi touch
screen. ;P) It will come to Android-- or consumers (anything past low
end) will lose interest compared to other multi touch offerings.

Unless you've had an iphone-- and played with some apps that make good
use of it, you may not get it.

On Feb 10, 3:19pm, Josh Steiner <> wrote:

Alas US patent laws may be hampering functionality...

by Mark Murphy » Mon, 09 Mar 2009 05:40:57 GMT


Multi-touch is one feature. For some subset of the device-buying market,
it is a killer feature and devices that lack it will not be considered.
For the rest of the market, they will assign some level of importance to
it and will take it into account when making their decisions.

In other words, *some* "customers...will lose interest", but not
necessarily all.

Mark Murphy (a Commons Guy) 

Android Training on the Ranch! -- Mar 16-20, 2009 


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