Motorola suggests that Samsung stole its always on display feature

Motorola suggests that Samsung stole its always on display feature
Tomorrow, August 19, Samsung will officially release the Galaxy Note 7, thus bringing to market what seems to be one of this year's hottest smartphones. Other handset makers are certainly watching all of Samsung's moves with interest, and some aren't that happy about the Note 7. Take Motorola, for example, which today subtly suggested that one of the features of the Galaxy Note 7, namely the Always On display, has been borrowed from Moto phones.

As you can see for yourself in the Tweet below, Motorola is asking: "In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phones’ cool features?" The question is followed by a #TheOriginalAlwaysOnDisplay hashtag, plus the image of a Moto Z with its always on Moto Display. Clearly, Moto is taking a jab at Samsung and its brand new Galaxy that's about to hit the market. Mind you, this is not Samsung's first handset to have an Always On screen (the S7 and S7 edge were the first), but the feature has been greatly improved on the Note 7.

It is true that Motorola made the first Android phone with an always on display, called Active Display at the time: the original Moto X from 2013. However, the Moto X was not the world's first smartphone to offer this kind of functionality. Nokia had a similar feature on its MeeGo-based N9 in 2011, and even on older Symbian handsets that sported AMOLED screens (including the Nokia N8). The feature was later enhanced and included on Windows-based Lumia phones under the name Glance Screen. Thus, saying that Motorola had the original always on display isn't exactly correct.

source: Moto US



1. Fona13A unregistered

Don't fall for the trap, Motorola

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well they're technically right. Samsung did copy.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, they did. But seriously Samsung, if you're gonna "borrow" someone's tech, make it better than them - not worse.

14. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

How is it worse? Elaborate!


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It's a serious battery drainer even on the new Note 7. Check gsmarena battery tests. They get get worse battery than SD810 phones when it's on. Motorola's version comes on when it senses you need to see it. Then it simply turns back off.

54. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If it turns off, then its not really an "always on display" so did Samsung really steal it? BWAHAHAHAHA!


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Not everything Samsung does is right, you know...

74. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nokia came up with this anyways

75. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also also now part of the android api, I.e. It's there to be used I.e. Why lg and Samsung was easy able to add it to there phones It was 1st added by Google for moto and then made into android api for the nexus 6 and then used again on the 6p (but not setup as always on)

15. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Everyone **copies** from everyone in this industry, to better their own products. Get over it.

23. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, it's note just the smartphone industry, it's just about every industry.

61. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Typical Android copout response.

17. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

While you're right on this one, I just wish you have the same attitude when someone points at the stuff your favorite company "borrows" from others. Oh, and didn't Motorola copy this feature from someone else?

39. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Impossible. He doesn't have the balls to say anything even remotely negative about his deity, which is Apple.

62. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like you and the android fans with Android right?

70. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True, just like the Android fans. Me? I'm an Android fan just because I argue with you? Best logic ever! You should win a nobel prize!

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's your claim.

88. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Whatever, Apple priest.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

And Motorola copied it from Nokia, but you're too busy on your "I hate Samsung" kick to point that fact out.

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No they didn't.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes they did. The fact that you think otherwise proves that you didn't read past the title of the article. You saw "Motorola suggest Samsung stole...." and went right along with your "I hate Samsung" BS.

79. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Or maybe they actually did steal the idea. I bet if blackberry was the one to come up with this and Samsung stole it, you would be singing a different tune.

84. meanestgenius

Posts: 22423; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words: "I didn't read the article, like meanestgenius said. I only read the headline and was compelled to dive ride in and start on my *I hate Samsung* tirade". There. I fixed your post for you.

32. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Doesn't matter it's a good feature and all phones should have some variation of the good features that are out there.

40. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Samsung pretty much copies everything. Apart from their display tech they don't innovate much. They are popular cos like Apple they throw a lot of money at marketing. They flood the markets with every product they can think of. Though lately they haven't been so bad, they have found what works are are sticking to it. They still need to cut down on their UI bloatware even though they say they have streamlined it. Nothing like HTC or Motos UI. Not saying their Phones are crap but more they don't standout and don't live up to the hype they make. Anyone can put in the best hardware but to get a truely great experiance with a phone is a different thing. Even the images that the S7 takes aren't anything great. Yes their low light performance is great and the focus is quick but overall the images are to over processed with sharpening, saturation and contrast. With all that said I think this new note is the best phone they have ever made. A phone with great specs and stylus thats not just a gimmick and for once they have designed a beautiful looking phone, product design has not been Samsungs best trait. Looking forward to this phone.

45. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

When apple did the same, u will hide behind your mum or activate your denial mode.

58. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Samsung copied from Nokia, not from Motorola. I have N8 and it has active display way before Motorola. So Motorola also steal the idea from Nokia.

72. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Go sue them in court Moto or else shut up!

76. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They can not as it was Google that added it into the android api and Nokia 1st used it anyways and Samsung got a deal with them and Google so moto out of luck

2. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Oooooh, shots fired! Now...the real question is, will Ray S. be writing an article about how offended he is that Motorola said this?

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