Motorola Takes Samsung to Task Over 'Always-On' Display

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Motorola is going after Samsung over a "stolen" feature.

In a tweet on Thursday to the Moto US Twitter account, the Lenovo-owned company took aim at the Galaxy Note 7 and its always-on display.

"In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phones' cool features?" the tweet, which ends with two hashtags—"#TheOriginalAlwaysOnDisplay" and "#motozdroid"—reads.

Motorola's always-on tech dates back to 2013's Moto X and its "active display," updated versions of which have also appeared in more recent Moto devices like the Z Droid. The feature allows the screen to display important information like time and notifications in a low-power mode.

This year, Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Note 7 both feature always-on screen technology, but so does LG's G5. So whether Samsung is really "stealing" the feature or just adding it to its own device is up for debate. As 9t5Google notes, Motorola is hardly the first to tackle always-on tech, pointing to "several Nokia devices, both within the Symbian and Windows Phone spaces."

On the S7, always-on displayed the time and other specific notifications, while the Galaxy Note 7 shows all notifications, which 9to5Google speculates prompted today's tweet. The Galaxy Note 7 also goes on sale today, though, and Motorola would, of course, prefer you pick up one of its smartphones.

Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the tweet.

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