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RIM patents tech for touchscreen phone

updated 11:30 am EST, Fri February 8, 2008

BlackBerry touch patent

Although long rumored by analysts, a newly-published filing at the US Patent and Trademark Office confirms that Research in Motion is indeed working on touchscreen technology for its phones. The filing, entitled System and method of integrating a touchscreen within an LCD, depicts an array of parallel electrodes which register input as changes in voltage are detected, triggered by pressure from either fingers or a stylus.

More importantly, it is suggested that the technology could allow for multitouch control, something so far limited to Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and MacBook Air. If implemented into a commercial product, this could cement RIM's position as the number one competitor for Apple in the realm of smartphones. Both companies are, however, dwarfed by the number of phones running the Symbian OS. [via ZDNet]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmmm

    A simplistic review, in my opinion.

    The biggest advantage that Apple enjoys in their iPhone is the Software. The phone is easy to use and its functions all make sense.

    Again and again, people comment on its ease of use. Yes, pinching to expand and contract is nice, but if you cannot figure out how to get to where you want to be, how good is a feature never used???

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