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Número de publicaciónUS20090037846 A1
Tipo de publicaciónSolicitud
Número de solicitudUS 12/242,308
Fecha de publicación5 Feb 2009
Fecha de presentación30 Sep 2008
Fecha de prioridad1 Dic 2003
También publicado comoCN1886973A, DE602004018986D1, EP1716693A2, EP1716693B1, EP1780995A1, US7454713, US20050119031, WO2005055569A2, WO2005055569A3
Número de publicación12242308, 242308, US 2009/0037846 A1, US 2009/037846 A1, US 20090037846 A1, US 20090037846A1, US 2009037846 A1, US 2009037846A1, US-A1-20090037846, US-A1-2009037846, US2009/0037846A1, US2009/037846A1, US20090037846 A1, US20090037846A1, US2009037846 A1, US2009037846A1
InventoresKarin Spalink, James B. Cunningham
Cesionario originalSony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ab
Exportar citaBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet
Apparatus, methods and computer program products providing menu expansion and organization functions
US 20090037846 A1
Resumen
Display of menu items on a display of an electronic device, such as a cellphone or other portable device, is managed by defining first and second menus including respective first and second groups of menu items (e.g., graphic icons and/or text), wherein the first group of menu items is a subset of the second group of menu items. The device transitions from display of the first menu to display of the second menu responsive to user activation of a menu expansion function. Menu items may be organized responsive to user input.
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1. A method of managing display of menu items on a display of an electronic device, the method comprising:
displaying a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display;
identifying one of the menu items responsive to a user input;
accepting user activation of a menu rearrangement function;
providing a user interface for identification of a new array location for the identified menu item responsive to user activation of the menu rearrangement function;
identifying a new array location for the identified menu items responsive to a user input; and
displaying a second two-dimensional array of the menu items with the identified menu item in the new array location.
2. A method according to claim 1, wherein accepting user activation of a menu rearrangement function comprises:
displaying an options menu including a menu rearrangement menu item responsive to a user input; and
accepting user selection of the menu rearrangement menu item.
3. A method according to claim 1:
wherein providing a user interface for identification of a new array location comprises:
displaying the first two-dimensional array; and
moving a graphic indicator to the new array location responsive to a user command; and
wherein identifying a new array location comprises accepting user selection of the new array location.
4. A method according to claim 1:
wherein displaying a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display comprises displaying the first menu item at a first array location and a second menu item at a second array location;
wherein identifying one of the menu items comprises identifying the first menu item;
wherein identifying a new array location for the identified menu item comprises identifying the second array location; and
wherein displaying a second two-dimensional array of the menu items comprises displaying the first menu item at the second array location and the second menu item at the first array location.
5. A method according to claim 1, wherein the menu items comprise at least one of graphic icons and text.
6. An electronic device, comprising:
a display;
a user input device; and
a processor operatively associated with the user input device and the display, the processor configured to display a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display, to identify one of the menu items responsive to a user input, to accept user activation of a menu rearrangement function via the user input device, to provide a user interface for identification of a new array location for the identified menu item responsive to user activation of the menu rearrangement function, to identify a new array location for the identified menu items responsive to a user input and to display a second two-dimensional array of the menu items with the identified menu item in the new array location.
7. A device according to claim 6, wherein the processor is operative to display an options menu including a menu rearrangement menu item responsive to a user input, and to accept user selection of the menu rearrangement menu item via the user input device.
8. A device according to claim 6, wherein the processor is operative to display the first two-dimensional array, to move a graphic indicator to the new array location responsive to a user command via the user input device, and to accept user selection of the new array location via the user input device.
9. A device according to claim 6, wherein the menu items comprise at least one of graphic icons and text.
10. A device according to claim 6, wherein the user input device comprises at least one of a key, a trackpointer, a touch pad, a joystick, and a touchscreen.
11. A program product for managing display of menu items on a display of an electronic device, the program product comprising code embodied in a processor-accessible medium, the code comprising:
code configured to display a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display;
code configured to identify one of the menu items responsive to a user input;
code configured to accept user activation of a menu rearrangement function;
code configured to provide a user interface for identification of a new array location for the identified menu item responsive to user activation of the menu rearrangement function;
code configured to identify a new array location for the identified menu items responsive to a user input; and
code configured to display a second two-dimensional array of the menu items with the identified menu item in the new array location.
12. A program product according to claim 11, wherein the code configured to accept user activation of a menu rearrangement function comprises:
code configured to display an options menu including a menu rearrangement menu item responsive to a user input; and
code configured to accept user selection of the menu rearrangement menu item.
13. A program product according to claim 11:
wherein the code configured to provide a user interface for identification of a new array location comprises:
code configured to display the first two-dimensional array; and
code configured to move a graphic indicator to the new array location responsive to a user command; and
wherein the code configured to identify a new array location comprises code configured to accept user selection of the new array location.
14. A program product according to claim 11:
wherein the code configured to display a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display comprises code configured to display the first menu item at a first array location and a second menu item at a second array location;
wherein the code configured to identify one of the menu items comprises code configured to identify the first menu item;
wherein the code configured to identify a new array location for the identified menu item comprises code configured to identify the second array location; and
wherein the code configured to display a second two-dimensional array of the menu items comprises code configured to display the first menu item at the second array location and the second menu item at the first array location.
15. A program product according to claim 11, wherein the menu items comprise at least one of graphic icons and text.
16. A program product according to claim 11, configured to be processed in a processor of a portable electronic device.
Descripción
    REFERENCE TO PRIORITY APPLICATION
  • [0001]
    The present application is a divisional application of and claims priority from U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/724,941, filed Dec. 1, 2003, the disclosure of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates to displays for portable electronic devices, and more particularly, to management of menu items on a display screen of a portable electronic device.
  • [0003]
    Portable electronic devices, such as cellphones, that have relatively small displays typically use a concept-based menu structure. A typical menu structure includes a top-level (or “main”) menu, which provides a list of menu items that categorizes features of the cellphone. Lower level menus that provide functions falling within a category corresponding to a main menu item are typically accessed by selecting that main menu item. Commonly, menu items are provided in a scrollable list format, and labeling typically follows a predetermined sorting order, such as alphabetical order or date of creation.
  • [0004]
    Several conventional devices provide for limited “personalization” of menus. For example, some cellphones provide the user with the capability to change the order in which lists of menu items are displayed. Such a feature may be used, for example, to place more frequently used items at the top of a list to reduce the amount of user scrolling. Electronic devices with more sophisticated graphics capabilities, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) (which may or may not have wireless communications capability), may provide a user with a capability to move menu items on a metaphorical desktop and/or among user-selectable (e.g., tabbed) menus. In this manner, menu items could for example, be placed on a particular menu tab that is tailored to a specific environment, e.g., a business or personal use environment.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0005]
    According to some embodiments of the present invention, display of menu items on a display of an electronic device, such as a cellphone or other portable device, is managed by defining first and second menus including respective first and second groups of menu items (e.g., graphic icons and/or text), wherein the first group of menu items is a subset of the second group of menu items. The device transitions from display of the first menu to display of the second menu responsive to user activation of a menu expansion function. For example, the first menu may include a menu expansion function menu item, and transitioning from display of the first menu to display of the second menu may occur responsive to user selection of the menu expansion function menu item. In some embodiments, the first menu includes a first array of icons having a first number of rows and a first number of columns, and the second menu includes a second array of icons having a second number of rows and a second number of columns, wherein the second number of rows is greater than the first number of rows and/or the second number of columns is greater than the first number of columns.
  • [0006]
    According to further embodiments, the electronic device transitions from display of the second menu to display of the first menu responsive to user activation of a menu reduction function. For example, the second menu may include a menu reduction function menu item, and transitioning from display of the second menu to display of the first menu may occur responsive to user selection of the menu reduction function menu item.
  • [0007]
    In further embodiments of the present invention, defining first and second menus includes assigning a menu item to the first menu or the second menu responsive to a user input. For example, a menu item may be assigned to the first menu or the second menu responsive to frequency of usage of a function corresponding to the menu item.
  • [0008]
    According to further aspects of the present invention, display of menu items on a display of an electronic device is managed by displaying a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display, identifying one of the menu items responsive to a user input, accepting user activation of a menu rearrangement function, providing a user interface for identification of a new array location for the identified menu item responsive to user activation of the menu rearrangement function, identifying a new array location for the identified menu items responsive to a user input, and displaying a second two-dimensional array of the menu items with the identified menu item in the new array location. Accepting user activation of a menu rearrangement function may include displaying an options menu including a menu rearrangement menu item responsive to a user input and accepting user selection of the menu rearrangement menu item. Providing a user interface for identification of a new array location may include displaying the first two-dimensional array and moving a graphic indicator to the new array location responsive to a user command. Identifying a new array location may include accepting user selection of the new array location.
  • [0009]
    According to further embodiments, the first menu item is displayed at a first array location and a second menu item is displayed at a second array location. The first menu item is identified for movement to the second array location. The first menu item replaces the second menu item at the second array location and the second menu item replaces the first menu item at the first array location.
  • [0010]
    In further embodiments of the present invention, an electronic device includes a display and a user input device. The device further includes a processor operatively associated with the user input device and the display. The processor is configured to define first and second menus including respective first and second groups of menu items, the first group of menu items a subset of the second group of menu items. The processor is operative to transition from display of the first menu to display of the second menu responsive to user activation of a menu expansion function via the user input device.
  • [0011]
    In additional embodiments of the present invention, an electronic device includes a display and a user input device. A processor is operatively associated with the user input device and the display. The processor is configured to display a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display, to identify one of the menu items responsive to a user input, to accept user activation of a menu rearrangement function via the user input device, to provide a user interface for identification of a new array location for the identified menu item responsive to user activation of the menu rearrangement function, to identify a new array location for the identified menu items responsive to a user input and to display a second two-dimensional array of the menu items with the identified menu item in the new array location.
  • [0012]
    In still further embodiments of the present invention, a program product for managing display of menu items on a display of an electronic device is provided. The program product includes code embodied in a processor-accessible medium. The code includes code configured to define first and second menus including respective first and second groups of menu items, wherein the first group of menu items is a subset of the second group of menu items. The program product further includes code configured to transition from display of the first menu to display of the second menu responsive to user activation of a menu expansion function.
  • [0013]
    In other embodiments of the present invention, a program product for managing display of menu items on a display of an electronic device includes code configured to display a first two-dimensional array of menu items on the display, code configured to identify one of the menu items responsive to a user input, code configured to accept user activation of a menu rearrangement function, code configured to provide a user interface for identification of a new array location for the identified menu item responsive to user activation of the menu rearrangement function, code configured to identify a new array location for the identified menu items responsive to a user input, and code configured to display a second two-dimensional array of the menu items with the identified menu item in the new array location.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0014]
    FIGS. 1-3 illustrate exemplary menus and menu expansion operations according to some embodiments of the present invention.
  • [0015]
    FIGS. 4-6 illustrate exemplary menus and menu expansion operations for a cellphone according to further embodiments of the present invention.
  • [0016]
    FIGS. 7-10 illustrate exemplary menus and menu organization operations according to further embodiments of the present invention.
  • [0017]
    FIG. 11 is a schematic diagram illustrating a portable electronic device according to further embodiments of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS
  • [0018]
    Specific exemplary embodiments of the invention now will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully convey the scope of the invention to those skilled in the art. In the drawings, like numbers refer to like elements. It will be understood that when an element is referred to as being “connected” or “coupled” to another element, it can be directly connected or coupled to the other element or intervening elements may be present.
  • [0019]
    The present invention is described below with reference to block diagrams and display illustrations that illustrate methods, apparatus and computer program products according to some embodiments of the invention. It will be understood that block diagrams and screen displays can be implemented in code that may be provided, for example, to a processor of a portable electronic device, such as a cellphone, personal digital assistant (PDA), pager, e-book reader, or the like, to produce a machine, such that the code, when processed by the processor, embodies data structures and/or means for implementing acts specified in the figures. Such code may also be embodied in a storage medium, such as a random access memory (RAM), a programmable read-only memory (PROM), memory stick, SIM card, web server or the like, or a signal propagation medium, such as a wireline or wireless signal propagation medium over which code may be transferred, that can direct a processor to operate in a particular manner, such that the instructions embodied in the storage or propagation medium produce an article of manufacture including code configured to implement the data structures and or acts specified in the figures. The code may also be loaded onto a processor to cause a series of operational steps to be performed on the processor to produce a process such that the code executed on the processor implements the acts specified in the figures.
  • [0020]
    FIGS. 1-3 illustrates a series of exemplary menus 100, 200, 300 that may be provided on a display of an electronic device, for example, a portable electronic device, such as a cellphone or PDA, according to some embodiments of the present invention. In the first display 100, a first menu including a group of menu items 110, 120 and 130 are displayed concurrent with a menu expansion function menu item 140. As shown, the menu items of the group of menu items 110, 120, 130 correspond to respective call record, text message and sound setting functions. In the illustrated embodiments of FIG. 2, the menu items 110, 120, 130, 140 are displayed as a 2×2 array.
  • [0021]
    User selection of the menu expansion function menu item 140 causes a transition to display of the menu 200 of FIG. 2, which includes the original group of menu items 110, 120, 130, along with an additional column of menu items 150, 160 corresponding to respective organizer and call information functions. As shown, the original group of menu items 110, 120, 130 retain their original mutual relationships, which can ease user interaction with the new menu. A menu expansion function menu item 140 is also displayed, indicating that at least one more level of menu expansion is available.
  • [0022]
    User selection of the menu expansion function menu item 140 leads to display of the menu 300 of FIG. 3. The menu 300 includes the menu items 110, 120, 130, 150, 160 of FIG. 2, which retain their mutual relationships. The expanded menu 300 further includes an additional row of menu items 170, 180, 190, which correspond to respective account information, phone settings, and security functions of the device. In the illustrated embodiments of FIGS. 1-3, the menu 300 represents the maximum menu expansion. The menu 300 includes a menu reduction function menu item 140′ that leads back to the reduced-order menu 100 of FIG. 1, i.e., such that the menus 100, 200, 300 can be traversed in a cyclical fashion. It will be appreciated, however, that other traversals may be provided within the scope of the present invention. For example, instead of offering only a menu expansion function in the intermediary menu 200, the menu 200 could include both expansion and reduction function menu items, which could be used to traverse to the menu 300 of FIG. 3 and the menu 100 of FIG. 1, respectively. In such a configuration, the menu reduction function menu item 140′ of FIG. 3 might be used to traverse directly to the intermediary menu 200. It will be further appreciated that a wide variety of traversal techniques may be used with the present invention, and that more than 3 orders of menus may be provided.
  • [0023]
    FIGS. 4-6 illustrates exemplary menu management in a cellphone 402 according to further embodiments of the present invention. The cellphone 402 includes a display 403 and a user input device in the form of a joystick 401. In FIG. 4, a first menu of functional icons including a call list function icon 410, a phonebook function icon 420, a text message function icon 430, and a menu expansion function icon 440 are provided. Referring to FIG. 2, selection of the menu expansion function icon 440 (e.g., using the joystick 401) causes transition to display of a second menu of function icons including the original icons 410, 420, 430, and an addition column of icons including an organizer function icon 450 and a sounds function icon 460. Re-selection of the menu expansion function icon 440 leads to the display of a further expanded menu of FIG. 6, which includes the icons 410, 420, 430, 450, 460, and an additional row of icons including an internet function icon 470, a games function icon 480 and a settings function icon 490. In this last menu, the menu expansion function icon 440 is replaced with a menu reduction function icon 440′, which may be used in a manner similar to that described above with reference to FIGS. 1-3.
  • [0024]
    It will be appreciated that the apparatus and operations illustrated in FIGS. 4-6 are provided for exemplary purposes, and that many variations of the illustrated apparatus and operations fall within the scope of the present invention. For example, although embodiments of invention implemented in small-screen applications, such as in a cellphone, PDA or similar portable device, may be particularly advantageous, it will be appreciated that the present invention is also applicable to other applications, such as in desktop, notebook and laptop computers (e.g., in web portals and portlets), personal digital assistants (PDAs), in pagers, in e-book devices, and in electronic messaging devices (e.g., BlackBerry®). It will also be appreciated that the present invention is generally applicable to the management of menus including textual items, iconic items, and combinations thereof. It will be further understood that arrangement of the various menu items shown in the menus of FIGS. 4-6 may occur responsive to user input (e.g., as described below with reference to FIGS. 7-11) and/or may be automatically performed by the portable electronic device responsive to, for example, a determination of the relative frequencies at which the respective functions associated with the function icons are invoked by a user. In this manner, the placement of icons in the menus can be tailored to the needs of the user, e.g., by placing more frequently used menu items at locations that provide display of these icons when the menu order is reduced.
  • [0025]
    FIGS. 7-10 show a series of menus 700, 800, 900, 1000 that illustrate exemplary menu organization operations according to further aspects of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 7, the menu 700 includes an array of menu items including an accounts function menu item 710, an organizer function menu item 720, a call information function menu item 730, a settings function menu item 740, a call record menu item 750, a sounds function menu item 760, a security function menu item 770, a messages function menu item 780 and a games function menu item 790. As indicated by the highlighting in FIG. 7, a user may identify (e.g., using a joy stick, trackpointer, keypad, or other user input device) one of the menu items 710, 720, 730, 740, 750, 760, 770, 780, 790 for rearrangement. Responsive to selection of the identified menu item (e.g., by pressing an “options” key), an options menu 800 as illustrated in FIG. 8 may be displayed. As shown, the user may then identify and select a “Move Item” function, resulting in redisplay of the menu array of FIG. 7 in a menu 900. The user may move a graphic indicator (as shown, a highlight box) to a desired new array location in the menu 900. Upon identification of the desired new array location (e.g., via an appropriate input to a joystick or keypad), the rearranged menu 1000 of FIG. 10 is displayed, with the selected menu item 710 moved to the array location formally occupied by the menu item 780, and the menu item 780 moved to the array location previously occupied by the menu item 710. Optionally, the device may additionally prompt the user for a confirmation of the new menu arrangement.
  • [0026]
    It will be appreciated that the menu management operations of FIGS. 7-10 are provided for exemplary purposes, and that variations of these menus and operations fall within the scope of the present invention. It will be appreciated, for example, that menu management operations as described above may be used with textual items, iconic items, and combinations thereof. It will be further appreciated that the invention is not limited to the cellphone-type applications illustrated, and that the menu organization operations described herein are equally applicable to other environments, such as in computers, pagers and PDAs. It will also be understood that the invention is not limited to rectilinear arrays of menu items, and is equally applicable to other menu item arrangements.
  • [0027]
    It will also be understood that, according to further embodiments of the present invention, the menu expansion/reduction operations described above with reference to FIGS. 1-6 may be combined with the menu organization operations described with reference to FIGS. 7-10. For example, menu organization operations along the lines described with reference to FIGS. 7-10 may be used to arrange menu items in a menu such as the fully expanded menus illustrated in FIGS. 3 and 6. In this manner, a user may, for example, tailor which menu items would appear in the subarrays shown in the reduced-order menus displayed in FIGS. 1, 2, 4 and 5. For example, a user may arrange menu items such that more frequently used items, such as the items displayed in FIGS. 1 and 4, appear in reduced order menus, while less frequently used items are arranged such that they only appear when the menus are expanded. It will be appreciated that such arrangement may occur responsive to user input, for example, as described with reference to FIGS. 7-10, or may be automatically performed by the electronic device responsive to, for example, a determination of the frequency with which a user invokes particular functions of the device.
  • [0028]
    FIG. 11 illustrates an electronic device 1100 in which embodiments of the present invention may be implemented. The device 1100 includes a display 1120 and a user input device 1130 (e.g., a joystick, keypad, touchpad, trackpointer, touchscreen or the like) that are operatively associated with a processor 1110 (e.g., at least one microprocessor, microcontroller, digital signal processor (DSP), application specific integrated circuit (ASIC)). The processor 1110 may be configured using, for example, software and/or firmware (not shown) stored in memory (not shown) and/or downloaded or otherwise transferred to the processor 1110, to provide menu management operations according to the present invention, such as the menu management operations described above with reference to FIGS. 1-10.
  • [0029]
    In the drawings and specification, there have been disclosed exemplary embodiments of the present invention. Although specific terms are employed, they are used in a generic and descriptive sense only and not for purposes of limitation, the scope of the invention being defined by the following claims.
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