Samsung UI patent filing reveals new folder features

Samsung UI patent filing reveals new folder features
Samsung made an application with the USPTO late last year for a new UI for Android that deals specifically with the way users on the platform interact with folders. The application was recently discovered by Patent Bolt and shows folders that are stacked like a deck of cards. The stacks are built by merely dragging one icon on top of another. Tapping on the stack opens it up vertically so you can view the contents of the stack, while tapping it again reverts the open folder back into a stack. Like iOS, the open stack can be viewed on a secondary screen. The folders can be opened in a number of different ways, including the traditional Android manner, but with fancy new animation. Or the folder can be pulled open like an accordion to reveal what is inside. There is even a vertical scrolling function similar to the accordion animation, but just not as fun to look at.

The bottom line here is that Samsung has some exciting new 3D looks and features for its TouchWiz UI that runs over the Android OS. Maybe those fun card stacks will be part of the next build of TouchWiz. With the Google Play Store outing the GSM variant of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus as the first Android 4.1 Jelly Bean  flavored phone, perhaps we will see some of these new folder related features implemented in a new TouchWiz build soon.
source: PatentBolt via Phandroid



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Apple is going to sue over drag-and-drop.... Attorneys are going to get more of their kid's college education funded off of Apple v. the World litigation.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Just because the pattent fighting is getting blown up does not mean any body is being selfish. It's apart of business at this level in this field. Its our patent office giving patents for stuff that should not be patented and should be comen sence patients. It's like getting a pattent for making somthing that has pages that have words in between two covers. A book is somthing is just apart of the evolution of the writing technology. Our patent office is giving patients for stupid stuff like using multi touch. The patent should maybe be awarde to the hardware maker but not the company using the product. And some patents basically should at the list have a basic charge for using it. It holds Back the tech world to allow these patents and I really want to give better examples but I just got off work and am going to sleep. Anyways apple and other companies that get awarded thes patents have to try to protect them. No matter how often it happens it's not really there fault. They can't give an inch because if you do than you lose a little bit at a time and that leads to weakness. The only reason apple does more lawsuits is because they have done some great innovations the last ten years and have got a lot ofattents and most are good strong ideas. Some are stupid and should not have been patented but heck I would do the same thing if I was alowed to get silly patents. Apple is just getting like Microsoft was. Huge target. People like to bitch about that. I myself am against most big corporate greed and the controll they have over our government policies. Politicions are not smart enough to change the pattent system but that is what needs to change not apple protecting what is rightfully there's. The sue the heck out of Samsung but in the same breath are hardware partners with them. It's just part of doing business. Most of the companies know exactly what there doing and probably put the cost of legal battles with the product too use the patent apart of proffet projections to see if it's worth it.

35. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

thank God someone is comes to the table with a resonable response on how business works with patents. It sucks that they are awarded to people that are willing to sue, but that comes with the terms of a patent. Its what your allowed to do to protect your well BOUGHT patents and ideas. Just ask George Lucas about his owning that "droid" word

67. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Some comments: 1. Apple chose to apply for what in many instances are questionable patents. Just because the patent office grants a patent, doesn't necessarily mean the patent is valid. It will take a bunch of litigation to decide that. Meanwhile, Apple is intimidating smaller companies (aka stifling innovation). 2. While Apple may be a huge target, they also have a reputation for resorting to a scorched-earth defense. You may win, but it will take you 6+ years and in the interim, your business has failed. 3. Apple professes to hate trolls, yet at the same time, when a troll fits Apple's objectives, they (Apple) have no problems using trolls to further their objective(s). At the end of the day, it is just bid-ness. The unfortunate thing is that Apple's $100+ billion pile of cash gives it advantages that other companies don't exactly have. There is a truism about litigation that is very applicable in this circumstance - you can get as much 'justice' as you can afford. In the end, the attorneys end up winning (and funding the college educations of their kids in the bargain).

2. Rocksteady unregistered

Thanks a lot apple for the patent war, you made the mobile world a disgusting place. Do I have to patent taking off my clothes since its drag and drop.

68. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If your process of taking off your clothes posed a competitive threat to Apple, you might want to plan for being contacted by them with a demand that you cease and desist from dragging and dropping.... ;-)

3. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Apple started this and now every company has to file patents for such small things so that they can defend themselves and not get sued by apple. Atleast they dont use these patents to bully other competitive companys to eliminate competition and release same product every year with the minimal upgrade they can.

30. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I know!, this is sad everything have to be patent!! SMDH.

4. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

That's Awesome! Too bad the rotten fruit cannot copy it.

5. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Filed each Patent cost about $1000 for individual person to that unless you are rich.

69. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The application fee is probably the smallest piece of the total expense of a patent prosecution effort.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I mad a big statement above but I want to shorten this a lot and say its our patent office policies in awarding patents not any companies fault. It's just business with them but the patent office and how they award them does not work anymore.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, its not the just the USPTO. Most patent trolls, though scumbags, are out to make a few bucks. Apple are using bs patents to try and remove competition. So, yes the patent office enables it, but you don't excuse someone for bad behavior just because they've got a legal loophole. In many countries its legal and acceptable for men to beat women. That doesn't make those men any less despicable just because their country allows it.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, and its not just business with Apple. Steve Jobs had a personal vendetta against Android, and Tim Cook seems to be carrying it on.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I would have a vendetta to if a company kept stealing ideas and concepts. Android makes vendettas against itself for not being original.

62. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That explains why there's so much anger toward Apple. All they've ever done is steal, and proudly cop to it.

71. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You are starting to become the biggest troll on this site. Its getting to the point where I seriously don't want to see your user name anymore. Its a Samsung article, not Apple or iOS. If there's an option to block comments, that would be really appreciated. Or better yet, ban him from the site. Every comment from him is negative and flat out annoying.


Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

Brainwashed doomed.


Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

He's not a Troll but a Brainwashed Apple Satan cult. Look at his avatar... Hideous.

8. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Eww Fandroids.

9. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

ewww sheep troll

11. SleepingOz unregistered

Eww, a stupid nokia fanboy.

33. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Eww kids

40. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Jsuck loves to suck.


Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

Eww go back to prison.... Eww computer illiterate.


Posts: 87; Member since: May 28, 2012

Eww Prison.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh yeah that UI doesn't look totally familiar. Samsung never learns.

12. SleepingOz unregistered

Never learn what? How to innovate? How to make the best smartphones out there? Apple should learn from them.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Learn what? How to make ugly phones? Have you seen the Galaxy S 3? It looks like a glossy pebble with cheap plastic. But good luck trying to make a call without signal lol.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, if you can't get a signal, then I guess they really are copying Apple. Especially if they then claim you're holding it wrong.

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