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A Method of Displaying and Managing the Application Menu

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236962D
Publication Date: 2014-May-23
Document File: 6 page(s) / 153K

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Abstract

This disclosure provides a quick way to view at one time all application icons that are presented in multiple concentric circles which stand for the criteria users customize for categorizing applications. Applications that are used more frequently occupy a larger portion in the concentric circle compared with the less frequently used applications. Therefore, users can locate and open the commonly used application more conveniently without switching between pages or expanding category folders. In addition, such convenient access will allow users to easily add, remove, or recategorize applications by performing add, remove, or drag-and-drop operations in the concentric circle display.

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A Method of Displaying and Managing the Application Menu

Problem

   
On today's mobile devices: 1. Only a very limited number of applications can be displayed on one screen. If there are many applications, users have to go to different pages to find the applications they want to use, which is quite time consuming.


2. There is no visual display to support users to manage the applications in a smart way.


3. It's very inconvenient for uses to move icons on different pages.

   Prior arts
Radial graphical user interface (US 20130104079 A1)

This invention provides a radial graphical user interface, which can include multiple layers, to work as a cascade menu for users to select items.

This radial graphical user interface is used only as a static menu displaying method, but cannot display the usage status of items, or arrange them in different categories.

Menu element selecting device and method (EP 1469375 B1)

This invention provides a method to reach a desired item rapidly even if the desired item is far from the current item, by displaying items in a annular way and using predetermining operations.

This element selecting method can change the arrangement of the item displaying order, but cannot display the usage status of items, or arrange them in different categories.

The current method for displaying icons of applications places constraints on the number of icons a user can view at one time. One can only view the limited number of application icons on one page or the application icons categorized under one common folder at one time.

Summary


This disclosure provides a quick way to view at one time all application icons that are presented in multiple concentric circles which stand for the criteria users customize for categorizing applications. Applications that are used more frequently occupy a larger portion in the concentric circle compared with the less frequently used applications. Therefore, users can locate and open the commonly used application more conveniently without switching between pages or expanding category folders. In addition, such convenient access will allow users t...