Apple did steal their notification system from Android, Google might have it patented!

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The drag down notification field has always been one of Android’s top characteristics. This feature was actually designed by Swedish design studio TAT which later was acquired by Canadian RIM (Research In Motion), located behind the BlackBerry mobile phones.

Many android users have probably wondered why it is that Apple apparently copied Android’s notification system with the introduction iOS5. The two notification systems are so similar that some wondered if Apple actually paid money for the license to use the function or if Apple were encroaching on Google’s patents. I myself thought it was a very lame move from Apples side.

Now it appears that Google filed for a patent for their notification system as early as 2009. Things can move slowly in the world of patents and the application has not be granted yet.

If Google’s patent for the function is granted it would, in theory mean trouble for Apple. Eventually, the patent can then be used to balance out all the lawsuits on Android.


Johny (John-Erik) Krahbichler is the CEO and main author of Gadgetzz, since 2009. While Mr. Krahbichler's expertise is in consumer electronics, his true passion is science´, and educating the world about the universe we inhabit. Check out the non-profit Scientific Literacy Matters Currently Johny is using his experience from covering trade shows such as the CES, to work with trade show exhibition marketing.


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