Google and Apple have been locked in a bitter battle for years, and the latest twist is that the tech giants want to use the iPhone to deliver a new type of data transmission demand.
The New York Times reported that Google and its Apple counterpart, the Cupertino-based tech giant, are preparing a patent application for a new method of storing data on mobile devices.
The patent application is intended to be a way to allow for the creation of a cloud-based system to hold information for the user, even as it’s being shared between multiple devices.
Google says the new method could potentially store data on “mobile device(s)” that aren’t already connected to a network.
The document goes on to say that the new process could make data storage much more secure and efficient.
The patents were filed on June 29 and are expected to be filed later this month, according to the Times.
Google and other tech giants are fighting the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the possibility that data storage on the iPhone could be used for other purposes.
Apple has argued that the proposed patent is a way for the tech giant to offer the technology to third parties without actually making a phone.
The companies are also working to develop a device for a wireless network that would also store data, according the Times report.
Google is expected to make its own phone that would allow for data storage, although it’s unclear whether that will be the same phone that Google will release later this year or some future phone with more advanced features.
The Times report notes that Google is looking to the next generation of phones, the rumored Nexus 5, as well as the Pixel, a device that is said to include the Nexus 10, which is said by the paper to have a 4K display and a fingerprint scanner.
The latest news about Apple’s plans comes as a new report says Apple is preparing to start using facial recognition technology to help it identify the users of its services, as opposed to just their names.
The report, which the New York Post has not independently confirmed, comes as the Federal Trade Commissioner is reviewing Apple’s Face ID patent application.
Face ID, which was first announced in September 2015, requires a face to unlock an iPhone by a passcode or fingerprint.
That means that while it’s still not clear if Face ID will be used in iPhones, Apple is working on a new technology that would enable facial recognition to identify users even without a pass code.
The company has already introduced facial recognition in some of its older phones, but the latest report suggests that the Face ID feature will likely only be added to the new iPhones.