Mobile terminal, mobile terminal system, and method for controlling operation of the same

  • US 8,958,747 B2
  • Filed: 11/24/2010
  • Issued: 02/17/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/05/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for controlling operation of a first mobile terminal, the method comprising:

  • entering, by the first mobile terminal, a content share mode;

    detecting, by the first mobile terminal, a second mobile terminal which is in the content share mode;

    specifying a content transmission format for transmitting content to the second mobile terminal based on the detection result,wherein the content transmission format is at least one of a first transmission format and a second transmission format,the first transmission format allows the first mobile terminal to control the transmitted content according to a first command input to the first mobile terminal, andthe second transmission format allows the second mobile terminal to control the transmitted content according to a second command input to the second mobile terminal;

    displaying, on a display unit of the first mobile terminal, a first indicator representing the first transmission format at one side of the display unit and a second indicator representing the second transmission format at another side of the display unit;

    dragging, on the display unit of the first mobile terminal, an image corresponding to the content to the first indicator or the second indicator for specifying a desired content transmission format;

    upon dragging the image, highlighting one indicator located at the side to which the image is dragged among the first and second indicators and fading out the other indicator;

    transmitting, to the second mobile terminal, information regarding the image corresponding to the content according to the desired content transmission format;

    transmitting, to the second mobile terminal, the content, after a content transmission grant signal is received from the second mobile terminal in response to the thumbnail being dragged to a different region on a display unit of the second mobile terminal; and

    stopping the transmission of the content to the second mobile terminal in response to the thumbnail being dragged out of the display unit of the second mobile terminal,wherein the transmitted content is displayed on the display unit of the second mobile terminal in a floating state when the desired content transmission format is the first transmission format, and in a sunken state when the desired content transmission format is the second transmission format, andwherein the desired content transmission format automatically changes from the first transmission format to the second transmission format when the first mobile terminal is removed from the second mobile terminal by more than a predetermined distance.

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