Multiple screen mode in mobile terminal

  • US 10,551,987 B2
  • Filed: 02/19/2014
  • Issued: 02/04/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/11/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of switching between a single-screen mode and a multi-screen mode on a single display unit of a mobile terminal, the method comprising:

  • displaying a first application window associated with a first application on an entire display area of the single display unit in the single-screen mode;

    receiving a multi-screen mode initiation input from a user, the multi-screen mode initiation input including a first two-touch input made on a display region of the first application window with the first two-touch having a distance therebetween, wherein the first two-touch input is determined as the multi-screen mode initiation input when the distance between the first two-touch reaches a predetermined first threshold distance;

    displaying, in response to the multi-screen mode initiation input, simultaneously at least the first application window and a second application window on separate respective divided display areas of the single display unit, wherein the second application window displays at least one of a multi-tasking selection window, a second application and an initial graphic user interface of the mobile terminal input; and

    returning to the single-screen mode in response to a single-screen mode initiation input from the user, the single-screen mode initiation input including a second two-touch input not corresponding to a closing request for closing an application, from the user, wherein the second two-touch input is a touch input made on one of the divided display areas and the second two-touch input reaches a predetermined second threshold distance; and

    automatically closing one of the first and second application windows in response to the second two-touch input, and displaying the remaining one of the first and second application windows on the entire display area of the of the single display unit in the single-screen mode, wherein when the second two-touch input is a pinch input, the corresponding application window within the divided display area that received the touch input is closed or when the second two-touch input is a spread input, the corresponding application window within the divided display area that did not receive the input is closed.

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