The lock feature requires users to set a dots pattern and get that pattern correct to unlock the phone or app. Apple has reportedly already released the lock screen to their internal “Apple Connect” application for IOS. They are also reportedly deploying it for internal retail employees and in their new mobile payment system business.
There is no official word if this lock screen will make it to consumer level iPhones or if it’s slated for the iPhone 5. 9to5mac speculates that Google probably has the gesture based lock screen locked down with patents however we’ll have to see what the future brings.
More including more screen shots after the break
When Apple Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak, spoke at the Engadget Show in January he said that Android has “…a lot of great features that we don’t have…”
Android was first with true multi-tasking, wifi printing, front facing cameras, 3g video conferencing and many other features. It’s a shame they copied such a small part like the gesture based lock screen.