The patent's assignee for patent application serial number 755341 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for performing multi-tasking in a portable terminal More particularly, the present invention relates to a multi-tasking execution apparatus and method capable of easily controlling applications that are running in a portable terminal.
"Many portable terminals still have a software platform supporting the single-tasking environment. However, these portable terminals supporting the single-tasking environment may lose competitiveness in the coming high-end smartphone market.
"Recently, portable terminals capable of multi-tasking have led the new trend of the smartphone market. Such advanced portable terminals with a multi-tasking platform are expected to replace the existing portable terminals with a single-tasking platform, thereby making it possible for many users to perform multi-tasking on their own portable terminal
"To maximize the user convenience in the multi-tasking environment, there is a need for an appropriate interface that can inform users of the multi-tasking and facilitate switching between running applications.
"When an application presently running on a screen is paused, the application simply disappears from the screen, so it is difficult for the user to determine whether the application has entered a background state or whether the application has been terminated.
"To check a list of applications running in the background, a user must go through an annoying key input and its associated operation, though such a process for determining what applications are running in the background may be different depending on an Operating System (OS) or a platform on which a specific portable terminal operates. Further, inconveniently, the user may find it difficult to identify the applications presently running in the background, as the recently used programs (or applications) will be displayed together in the list of applications running in the background.
"Therefore, a need exists for an apparatus and method for providing multi-tasking execution and for easily and intuitively controlling applications that are running in a portable terminal.
"The above is presented as background information only to assist with an understanding of the present disclosure. No determination has been made, and no assertion is made, as to whether any of the above might be applicable as prior art with regard to the present invention."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Aspects of the present invention are to address at least the above-mentioned problems and/or disadvantages and to provide at least the advantages described below. Accordingly, an aspect of the present invention is to provide a multi-tasking execution apparatus and method capable of easily and intuitively controlling applications that are running in a portable terminal.
"In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, an apparatus for performing multi-tasking in a portable terminal is provided. The apparatus includes a display for displaying an application-containing image in which at least one specific image representing at least one application running in a background is contained and arranged, and a controller for operatively displaying at least one specific image representing at least one application running in the background, so as to be contained in the application-containing image, and for controlling the at least one application running in the background by controlling the specific image based on a specific gesture.
"In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, a method for performing multi-tasking in a portable terminal is provided. The method includes, if there is at least one application running in a background, displaying an application-containing image in which at least one specific image representing at least one application running in the background is contained and arranged, and if a specific gesture occurs, controlling the at least one application running in the background by controlling the specific image.
"Other aspects, advantages, and salient features of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the following detailed description, which, taken in conjunction with the annexed drawings, discloses exemplary embodiments of the invention.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The above and other aspects, features, and advantages of certain exemplary embodiments of the present invention will be more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
"FIG. 1 shows a structure of a portable terminal according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;
"FIGS. 2A and 2B show a process of controlling applications that are running in a portable terminal according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention; and
"FIGS. 3A to 3F show operations in the process of FIG. 2 according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.
"Throughout the drawings, it should be noted that like reference numbers are used to depict the same or similar elements, features, and structures."
For additional information on this patent application, see: JEON, Han-Kyung; SUNG, Joo-Il. Apparatus and Method for Performing Multi-Tasking in
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