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

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Oct 2012, 07:00

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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posted on 31 Oct 2012, 17:22

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:22

15. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:29

17. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 08:52

23. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

atleast it is a signifcant patent and not vague

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:07

24. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 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?

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:27 1

26. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:44 2

27. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 11:50 2

32. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:48

35. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 19:22

38. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 23:41

40. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

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

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