HTC ads 3 screen lock patents

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HTC has applied for 3 screen lock patents, two of which are still to show up on devices.

The first is a way to lock the screen by swiping vertically from outside the border of the display, in the same way the very first version of TouchFlo was launched on the original HTC Touch.

MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD FOR ENTERING SCREEN LOCK STATE AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREOF

Abstract

A mobile electronic device, a method for entering a screen lock state and a recording medium thereof are provided. In the present method, an input signal is received through a touch panel of the mobile electronic device. Then, a movement track of the input signal is obtained if a starting point of the input signal is located in a non-display area of the touch panel, and a vertical displacement of the input signal is calculated if the movement track contains a specific direction. Finally, a screen lock frame is dragged and displayed, and the mobile electronic device is switched to the screen lock state if the displacement reaches a predetermined value. Thereby, an intuitional way for locking the screen is provided, and accordingly, the convenience in operating the mobile electronic device is improved.

The next is a way to change the lock screen wallpaper without unlocking the screen, using a series of screen swipes.

METHOD FOR SWITCHING WALLPAPER IN SCREEN LOCK STATE, MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Abstract

A method for switching wallpaper in screen lock state, a mobile electronic device thereof, and a storage medium thereof are provided. In the present method, an input signal is received by a touch screen when a mobile electronic device enters a screen lock state. Then, whether the input signal is located in a specific area of the touch screen is determined. A moving track of the input signal is detected if the input signal is located in the specific area. Finally, wallpaper of the screen lock state is switched according to the moving track. As a result, a user can switch wallpaper arbitrarily even if the mobile electronic device is in the screen lock state, so as to increase convenience of switching wallpaper.

The last one seems the be the typical slide to unlock method used by nearly everyone.

METHOD FOR UNLOCKING SCREEN, MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Abstract

A method for unlocking screen, a mobile electronic device using the same and a storage medium thereof are disclosed. First, at least two signal input areas on a touch screen of the mobile electronic device are defined. When an input signal is detected within at least one signal input areas, a moving range of a trajectory produced by the input signal is calculated. And the touch screen is unlocked when the moving range reaches the predetermined value. Thus, the present invention provides a user with more virtual manner to close the screen locking function so as to promote the usage convenience of the mobile electronic device.

One of HTC’s HTC Sense pillars is these delightful featurelets, so I expect to see these little enhancements to show up sooner rather than later.


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