Apple files to block Moto Aware, Motorola scrambling for update

Apple files to block Moto Aware, Motorola scrambling for update
When you're wrong, you're wrong, it seems. We have been talking about how Apple has become less lawsuit-happy since Tim Cook took over, but it looks like it might just be that Apple is being more covert about its filings. We have gotten word that Apple has filed to block the new Moto Aware feature that we saw as part of the info on the Motorola Luge.

As we reported a few days ago, the Luge is planned to launch today, August 28th, as a prepaid device for Verizon customers. Apple filed to block Moto Aware within the past couple of days, which has left Motorola engineers scrambling to put together a software patch for the device that would remove the software. Moto Aware was intended to be a new service on all new Motorola devices this year, and now those plans have been upended by Apple. 

We don't know exactly what Moto Aware is, but we have been led to believe that it would be a service to dynamically change your phone settings, security settings, and/or UI based on certain factors, like location, lighting, and ambient noise. If that sounds familiar, it is because Apple was granted a patent on a service like that this past July. 

Of course, Google was granted a similar patent in August of 2013, and Microsoft also has a similar patent that was granted in January of 2013. We don't know the specifics of the Moto Aware service, nor of the Apple claim; so, we can't say whether either of the competing patents will invalidate Apple's filing. Whatever the resolution, it will take time to sort out, and that will mean Moto Aware has to be removed from Motorola devices until the issue is resolved. 

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43 Comments

2. Cicero

Posts: 1103; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Apple never settle.

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple is nothing but a P.O.S. cry baby when it comes to patents and law suits. Doesn't Motorola have more patents than that evil fruit?

38. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I'm so sick of this. I will never buy anything made by Apple.

42. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Same old sh*t!!! Since Motorola is owned by Lenovo now , maybe that's the reason apple is pushing for this kind of crap. I won't be surprised if apple gets banned at China.

3. wilsong17 unregistered

Apple make me sick

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

makes me want to stop eating apples pff

43. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

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4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wasn't there an article awhile back about how Apple and Motorola agreed to cease litigation, similar to the Apple/Samsung agreement?

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yea but if Motorola is scrambling to remove the feature, then I guess that means they are guilty of invalidating the patent and they know it. Why would they be in a hurry to remove it if they were not? I think Apple does get sue happy, but they may be on to something in this case.

29. willard12 unregistered

i think you mean "violating" not "invalidating." And maybe, they are just trying to avoid the legal hassle, guilty or innocent. It takes almost nothing for Apple to receive a temporary injunction and it could take years for Apple's patent claim to be ruled invalid. Motorola doesn't have the financial resources like Samsung to risk not being able to get their products to the market in order to fight Apple. HTC has also had to do work-arounds for Apple's patent claims such as "scroll-bounce".....which is now invalid. So, even when companies aren't guilty, they still have to take measures to avoid Apple's wrath just to be able to sell their products.

5. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Apple Inc. in California, suing companies since forever!

7. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Uh, a service like that has been available for years on Symbian; "Situations", as some might recall... How the heck can these companies acquire a patent on such a vague concept? It's like Mercedes patenting four-wheeled vehicles or the steering wheel...!

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Moto Aware sounds like an extension of Assist. Where it toggles your phone's settings on and off based off of context like location, time, and date. Are you at home? Turn on Wi-Fi and disable 4G, are you in the car? Disable Wi-Fi. Is it night time? Dim the lights. I was thinking just the other day that designing something like this would make for a great first attempt at programming an app. Meh, whatever.

9. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

What I don't understand is how any of these corps can file a patent(and receive it) on this based on prior art. Heck, just on android alone Tasker has been in existence since 2011 or 12. It can, for the most part, do any of these things. So that should show just how screwed up the stupid patent system is.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Agreed with you 100%. All these damned patent trolls (Apple included) really only serve to hinder progress. The Smart phone as a whole would be so much more functional if companies actually learned to cooperate and not fight everyone over every single concept or idea.

20. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I wonder exactly the same thing... not only Tasker, but also Llama which is simpler to use also allows for similar features... and SmartConnect by Sony has also a long history on Android since its time as "Live Aware" while it's not as customizable or smart as the others, it also triggers actions based on time, day of the week, and connections made. The USPTO is definitely a broken system.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

OMG, that's groundbreaking, Apple. Innovation!

16. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em! Geez, should we pay $1000+ for the upcoming INFERIOR iCRAP6 or $420 for the FAR-SUPERIOR NEXUS X? You know what the drollin' iCHUMPS are gonna choose...

17. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

That sounds like your opinion, not the consensus of the populous. Prove your statement, number of Nexus devices sold vs iPhones. Please provide a link.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So you're arguing what the general public thinks? The general public wouldn't know actual tech if it slapped them in the face. Most can't even setup their voicemail ffs. Many people like Mikey Cyrus and Justin Bieber, should we interpret that they're the best music has to offer? Just because the majority does it, doesn't mean it's the best or right thing.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ah, so numbers prove superiority. Got it. That proves that Android is at least 4x better than iOS.

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Only 4x?

41. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

just you know fyi, you cannot compare iphone to nexus or any other single android device really. Because android devices are many plentiful and come with a million different options and setups, allowing the user to pick exactly that experience which they want. Apple, one design, one way to do things, their way. Some would say that's because their device is 'the best' but yeah, I don't agree with that. Apple claims to be the most innovating, yet apparently they are not adaptable or offering several options for their customers, which is in my mind, part of being innovative.

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So um, other parts of the OS already do this, for instance Google keep can set notes to activate on arrival in places. Apple is such an anchor on technology, they stifle at every turn. C'mon Apple, shut Google down too!!!

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Considering they're not the first to patent this, how the hell can they assert the right to claim infringement, when they themselves are infringing?

24. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Sounds like Microsoft has the controlling interest as the first patent granted.

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Man, what the hell, Apple?

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Especially since Moto Aware hasn't been released.

33. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Between the Germans and Apple, Poor Motorola just can't catch a break.

31. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

IMHO, Apple does get carried away with patents, but patents do serve to increase competition as without them every smartphone would be almost exactly the same, the same thing would happen with other products as well

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