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Panels on touch

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Panels on touch


Methods and systems for displaying content on a webpage are disclosed. The method may include receiving an application indication to open a first application on a touch device. The method may further include displaying the first application on the touch device as a panel overlaid on a portion of a viewable area of a webpage that is currently displayed on the touch device, and displaying a first icon on the touch device relative to the panel and the webpage, the icon representative of the first application. The content of the webpage may be viewable and accessible on a single display window for ease of convenience when navigating from the first application to the second application.

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Inventor: Roma SHAH
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120266101 - Class: 715781 (USPTO) - 10/18/12 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >On-screen Workspace Or Object >Window Or Viewpoint

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120266101, Panels on touch.

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 13/088,790 filed Apr. 18, 2011, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

BACKGROUND

1. Technical Field

The field relates to operating systems, software applications and user interface devices, and, more particularly, to a system, method, apparatus or non-transitory computer program product for displaying a graphical user interface that allows a plurality of windows and/or applications to be viewed and/or manipulated concurrently.

2. Background

Applications are commonly used with computational devices, such as, laptops, smartphones, tablet computing devices, personal digital assistants (PDAs), etc. Applications allow a user to access information sources, webpages, games, and other virtual tools. Applications are usually accessed and viewed one at a time; however, recent trends in computing devices have prompted the user to incorporate multiple applications into a common environment on his or her respective computing device (multitasking).

In one example of operating a computing device, a user may access a webpage from the Internet and download text and/or images to their smartphone. When accessing the web page, the user may select a particular desktop icon, such as a browser icon, and launch a particular application, such as a browser application. Once the user has navigated to his or her favorite source of information or their desired webpage, the user may desire to access other applications concurrently while reading or interfacing with the accessed webpage.

However, the above-noted multitasking operation may become complicated when selecting one application, de-selecting or minimizing that same application, and proceeding to access a second application concurrent with the operation of the first application. Closing an application requires the application to be reopened before it can be resumed. Minimizing, reopening and/or re-executing an application slows the user\'s ability to re-access that same application at a later time. Furthermore, the limited viewing space on the newer pocket and travel-sized display devices requires increasingly simple and prompt viewing options for the users\' satisfaction.

BRIEF

SUMMARY

In an embodiment, a method of displaying content on a webpage is disclosed. The method may include receiving an application indication to open a first application on a touch device, displaying the first application on the touch device as a panel overlaid on a portion of a viewable area of a webpage that is currently displayed on the touch device, and displaying a first icon on the touch device relative to the panel and the webpage. The icon is representative of the first application.

In another embodiment, a system may include an on-screen input device configured to receive an application indication to open a first application on a touch device. The system may also include an application manager, implemented with a computing device, configured to display the first application on the touch device as a panel overlaid on a portion of a viewable area of a webpage that is currently displayed on the touch device, and display a first icon on the touch device relative to the panel and the webpage. The icon is representative of the first application.

Further embodiments, features, and advantages, as well as the structure and operation of the various embodiments are described in detail below with reference to accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

/FIGURES

Embodiments are described with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the drawings, like reference numbers may indicate identical or functionally similar elements. The drawing in which an element first appears is generally indicated by the left-most digit in the corresponding reference number.

FIG. 1 is an illustration of an example web browser and concurrent application, according to an example embodiment.

FIG. 2 is an illustration of a content rotation system, according to an example embodiment.

FIG. 3 is an illustration of a flow diagram of an example method of operation, according to an example embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Embodiments described herein refer to illustrations for particular applications. It should be understood that the invention is not limited to the embodiments. Those skilled in the art with access to the teachings provided herein will recognize additional modifications, applications, and embodiments within the scope thereof and additional fields in which the embodiments would be of significant utility.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120266101 A1
Publish Date
10/18/2012
Document #
13245658
File Date
09/26/2011
USPTO Class
715781
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
06F3/048
Drawings
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