Who got there first – the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the LG Optimus G Pro?
Another day, another Smartphone manufacturer hurling abuse at another for stealing one of its ideas. However, in a rather remarkable twist form the norm today’s example doesn’t include the iPhone or indeed anything from Apple.
Just a few days ago, the world was in awe when a small armada of new specs and features were laid bare for the first time, courtesy of the Samsung Galaxy S4. And one that caught our eye in particular…quite literally…was the Smart Pause and Smart Scroll feature / features, which basically keep track of the user’s eye-movements in order to know when to scroll the page etc.
Clearly one of the most interesting features and perhaps biggest selling points of the S4, but in the meantime LG has stepped forward to suggest that Samsung has well and truly stepped on its toes and infringed previously-awarded eye-tracking patents.
According to reports from the Far East tech industry, LG weighing up exactly how far over the line the Samsung Galaxy S4 has stepped and thus could by rights be planning legal action. Not that most of us would have been able to guess, but it seems that the Smart Video technology that features in the LG Optimus G Pro is a rather similar eye-tracking feature, plus LG also has similar patents that have been in place since 2005.
Samsung has of course refuted the claims and stated that their own eye-tracking feature is wholly different to that of LG, which in turn would mean that no patent have been infringed upon. Nevertheless, if LG leans in any way toward the contrary, then chances are we’ll be in for another courtroom battle featuring Samsung sooner rather than later.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G Pro are expected to go head-to-head this April right at the very top of the Smartphone pecking-order.