While this post may not be all about Android but I thought I would share this piece of news with you guys. Apple was just granted a new patent to allow phone users to switch to apps while making a call. The patent in question carries the number 8,082,523 and has for description:
A portable electronic device displays, on a touch screen display, a user interface for a phone application during a phone call. In response to detecting activation of a menu icon or menu button, the UI for the phone application is replaced with a menu of application icons, while maintaining the phone call. In response to detecting a finger gesture on a non-telephone service application icon, displaying a user interface for the non-telephone service application while continuing to maintain the phone call, the UI for the non-telephone service application including a switch application icon that is not displayed in the UI when there is no ongoing phone call. In response to detecting a finger gesture on the switch application icon, replacing display of the UI for the non-telephone service application with a respective UI for the phone application while continuing to maintain the phone call.
The Cuppertino-based company was able to secure a ban on HTC Android devices in the US. With the acquirement of this “app switching” patent, Apple has probably passed on instructions to their team of lawyers about who will be their next Android target.