Why Android 4.2 phones won't have multi-user login? Hint: Nokia holds the patent

This omission has certainly nothing to do with software engineering prowess, of which Google has plenty, but rather something more convoluted, in the form of a Nokia patent filed long time ago, which has booked the multi-user feature for its own phones...
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37. papss unregistered

i disagree. I have a child that takes very good care of my stuff.. Sorry you know punks for kids but that's not mine.

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Absolutely idiotic. Mobiles were always going to somewhat replicate computer functionality and PCs always had multiple accounts, so again, to patent something that was always going to be a natural step in mobile technology is beyond sanity and yet again proves patent business is totally retarded. Seriously, if curves, icons and multiple accounts can be patented, what can't be? Something that was done previously on biggest computers brought to smaller ones called "smartphones" is not innovation nor something a single company can call their idea.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Multi-login is a patent on a cell phone? Wow...

23. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

atleast it is a signifcant patent and not vague

24. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I won't share phone not tablet to kids because they will most likely to drop it. maybe share tablet with friend but not phone. But how come Nokia has this patent since desktop computer already has it for years?

26. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

"This omission has certainly nothing to do with software engineering prowess, of which Google has plenty..." - PHONEARENA, WTF? Again with the brain straining, hm? How exactly did you come to the conclusion that Google has plenty of engineering prowess?! Please, quote smth. How? This is like to be sure that Honda has the engineering skill to build a nuclear reactor! Nokia has this software potential for sure, Microsoft may have it as well, Apple sure, yeah, but Google? Google, like Yahoo is a search-engine company and it is famous mainly for this. They don't even create their own OS - Android. So, please, PLEASE once again do not try to make an analysis based on your own "skills", thank you.

27. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Android however can easily go around the patent: don't call it multi-user but Gmail log - Nokia cannot prevent ppl. logging in an out of different Gmail accounts, and if Google creates an "offine Gmail account" storing user data there, switching between users - I mean Gmail accounts - cannot infringe the Nokia patent since it's completely up to Google what they allow with their own mailing service.

32. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I dunno, just seems quite silly such a patent was allowed. Wouldnt nokia's patent be considered invalid now since phones are basically computers now, and Im sure they dont hold the patent for multi user computers.

35. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

FYI, the patent was NEVER GRANTED. It was REFUSED and Nokia gave up and was abandoned, final in 2009. How about we all do our jobs and read the patent? SHEESH.

38. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

fine, keep it, nokia. I don't want people touching my phone anyway.

40. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

thats right nokia!! better hold on to that patient coz that will save you!!
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