There’s no love lost between Samsung and LG, with the South Korean manufacturers doing battle on various consumer goodie fronts, including fridges, TVs, and of course mobile phones.
One of the key features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is Smart Pause, which utilises eye-tracking technology to pause video when you look away from the screen, but LG reckons it patented the tech years ago.
LG claims to have applied for the relevant patent some four years ago, back in 2009, and suspects that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 infringes on said patent.
Needless to say, Samsung is pleading innocent, suggesting that it uses its own unique eye-tracking methods for the Galaxy S4's Smart Pause function.
You might recall LG tried to steal some of the Samsung Galaxy S4’s thunder last week, announcing an eye-tracking update for the Optimus G Pro on the day of the Galaxy S4 launch. Said update includes Smart Video, which - you guessed it - pauses video when you look away from the screen.
And not forgetting the “LG Optimus G Pro is here 4 you now!” ad in Times Square, directly above Samsung’s “Be ready 4 the next Galaxy”.
Ah well, at least Samsung vs. LG is a change from Samsung vs. Apple. Having said that, it’s not exactly a spanking new feud. Late last year, we heard that LG was looking for 7 billion South Korean Won from Samsung on account of OLED patent infringement. Good times.
via: The Verge