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Motorola throws shade at Samsung for its 'stolen' AOD feature
Twitter has long been a battleground where tech companies to diss each other. With each new product, competitors haven’t exactly been afraid to chime in with their thoughts. Well, it seems like the latest feud is between Samsung and Motorola.
Clearly, Motorola isn’t too happy about all the spotlight that the upcoming phablet has been getting. In a Tweet clearly aimed at Samsung and its upcoming Galaxy Note7, Motorola accuses Samsung of copying its AOD feature:
In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phones’ cool features? #TheOriginalAlwaysOnDisplay #motozdroid pic.twitter.com/T75byy5bIx— Moto US (@Moto_USA) August 18, 2016
With the Note7, one of the Korean electronics giant’s main focuses has been its AOD feature: more notifications, more customization, and now you can even pin a handwritten memo on it. Samsung first introduced AOD with the Galaxy S7 family earlier this year.
So it’s true that Motorola had the feature way before Samsung did. In fact, Motorola introduced it under the name “Active Display” with the original Moto X back in 2013. However, for Motorola to call itself “the original” is simply inaccurate. Moto X may have been the first Android phone to feature an AOD, but it certainly was not the OG. Awkward.
Nokia’s Symbian OS was actually the first to introduce the AOD concept. It started with the Nokia N86 and its power-efficient AMOLED screen way back in 2009 and continued with next generation Symbian phones. Nokia re-introduced it in 2013 on its Windows-powered phones under “Glance Screen.”
Next time Motorola tries to throw shade, a quick fact-check certainly wouldn’t hurt.
What are your thoughts on manufacturers “stealing” features? Is it violating intellectual property rights or a means for more innovation? Let us know by commenting below!