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Patent Application Titled "Method, Apparatus, and Mobile Terminal for Operation Interface Management" Published Online

May 22, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor Zhang, Xiaopeng (Shenzhen, CN), filed on December 26, 2013, was made available online on May 8, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Huawei Device Co., Ltd.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "At present, the application of a touch screen in a mobile terminal such as a mobile phone is getting wider and wider. Usually, when a call is made by using a touch screen phone, a digital dial generally appears on a screen of the mobile phone, and a user dials a phone number of a contact by touching numbers on the digital dial.

"With the development of science and technology and the popularization of a smart phone, the functions of the mobile phone are getting stronger and stronger. At the same time, with the diversity of life demands of people and the extension of the social circle, applications and contacts in an address book of the mobile phone are getting more and more. Therefore, how to quickly find an application or contact needed by the user becomes an important index of the performance of the mobile phone, and is also a key point of user experience.

"In most of the existing smart phones, icons of the contacts and icons of the applications are put on the desktop of the mobile phone, and the user makes a call to a contact by clicking a contact icon, or executes a corresponding application by clicking an application icon. However, since the display screen of the mobile terminal such as the mobile phone has a limit after all, it is difficult to put all of the icons of the contacts and the icons of the applications on the desktop of the mobile phone; furthermore, even if all of the icons of the contacts and the icons of the applications are put on the desktop of the mobile phone, not only the desktop space is occupied, but also the user can find the needed contact or application only through multiple search means such as lookup. In this way, for the existing mobile phone, it is inconvenient for the user to quickly find a contact to make a call, it is also inconvenient for the user to quickly find an application and then execute it, and the desktop space is occupied."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The objective of the present invention is to provide a method, an apparatus, and a mobile terminal for operation interface management, and aims to solve problems of the existing mobile phone that it is inconvenient for a user to quickly find a contact to make a call, it is also inconvenient for the user to quickly find an application and then execute it, and desktop space is occupied.

"In one aspect, an operation interface management method is provided, where the method includes the following steps: receiving an operation interface invoking instruction input by a user, and generating an operation interface corresponding to the operation interface invoking instruction; and receiving a function item startup instruction input by the user and according to the operation interface, and starting up a function item specified by the function item startup instruction.

"In another aspect, an operation interface management apparatus is provided, where the apparatus includes: a dial generating unit configured to receive an operation interface invoking instruction input by a user, and generate an operation interface corresponding to the operation interface invoking instruction; and a function item startup unit configured to receive a function item startup instruction input by the user and according to the operation interface, and start up a function item specified by the function item startup instruction.

"In another aspect, a mobile terminal including the operation interface management apparatus is provided.

"In embodiments of the present invention, as long as the user inputs the operation interface invoking instruction, the operation interface corresponding to the operation interface invoking instruction can be generated, and a corresponding function item startup instruction can be input according to the operation interface, so that a target function item can be started up quickly, accurately, and efficiently. Therefore, communication with a corresponding contact can be performed conveniently and quickly through a contact dial in a contact operation interface; and a corresponding application can also be executed conveniently and quickly according to an application dial in an application operation interface, thereby improving user experience greatly. Furthermore, desktop space is saved in a manner of generating the contact dial and the application dial in the embodiments of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a flow chart of an operation interface management method according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 2 is an example diagram of a frequent contact dial according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 3 is an example diagram of a frequent application dial according to an embodiment of the present invention;

"FIG. 4 is an example diagram of a digital dial according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

"FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of an operation interface management apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Zhang, Xiaopeng. Method, Apparatus, and Mobile Terminal for Operation Interface Management. Filed December 26, 2013 and posted May 8, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=287&p=6&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140501.PD.&OS=PD/20140501&RS=PD/20140501

Keywords for this news article include: Huawei Device Co. Ltd.

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