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.
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.
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.
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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