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REAL-TIME MENU HIERARCHY ORDER SETTING FOR A MOBILE PHONE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004690D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Apr-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 6K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Daniel Lim AB: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

REAL-TIME MENU HIERARCHY ORDER SETTING FOR A MOBILE PHONE

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REAL-TIME MENU HIERARCHY ORDER SETTING FOR A MOBILE PHONE

by Daniel Lim AB, Sathish KS, Kuah Bee Leng and Ong Beng Kee

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED

Mobile phones have many menus which contain many functions that are user configurable. Typically, accessing the functions can involve navigating through as many as 10 to 20 different menus.

This may involve round robin navigation which is effected by repeated activation of a scroll key to get to a 10th item in a menu, for example. Such tedious navigation can be tiresome and is not user-friendly enough.

PROPOSED SOLUTION

The present innovation, herein described, introduces a feature that automatically updates the user preference of the access to the menu, i.e. the most commonly accessed or used menu will appear in the front list. In that way, the user would not have to scroll all of, for example, 20 menus to get to the same 10th item on the menu. Such a feature may be referred to as "My Preferred Menu" (MPM).

HOW IT IS DONE

The software in a mobile phone has to be enhanced to automatically control the order in which the menus are displayed based on the number of access to the menus that the user had used in the past, over a period of time.

For instance when Menu "Set Alarm", "Volume adjust", "Clock setting" are accessed 10, 20, and 4 times respectively, then these menus will be automatically arranged in the following display sequence: "Volume adjust", "Set Alarm", and "Clock setting" accordingly, followed by the menus which are accessed less than 4 times.

This arrangement advantageously does not require user intervention, as it can be enable by software. Another option to "ENABLE" or "DISABLE" this feature could also be included.