User interface

  • US 8,812,993 B2
  • Filed: 12/04/2011
  • Issued: 08/19/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions, which, when executed by a processor of an electronic device having a touch-sensitive display screen, cause the processor to enable a user interface of the device, the user interface comprising at least two states, namely, (a) a tap-present state, wherein a plurality of tap-activatable icons for a respective plurality of pre-designated system functions are present, each system function being activated in response to a tap on its respective icon, and (b) a tap-absent state, wherein tap-activatable icons are absent but an otherwise-activatable graphic is present in a strip along at least one edge of the display screen for transitioning the user interface from the tap-absent state to the tap-present state in response to a multi-step user gesture comprising (i) an object touching the display screen within the strip, and (ii) the object gliding on the display screen away from and out of the strip.

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