Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)

This invention relates to a method and a mobile device that can efficiently display an event indicator as pop-up windows during idle mode. It is checked to determine if an event pop-up window that indicates the presence of a similar event has been created. If the event pop-up window that indicates the event’s occurrence first event occurs, the event pop-up box is updated with the information regarding the existence of the second event. It is then displayed on a screen.

Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to a mobile terminal. More particularly the present invention relates to a method and a mobile terminal configured to display more efficiently indicators of the occurrences of various situations that occur in an idle mobile terminal mode.

Description of Related Art

In recent years, the development of mobile communications technology has enabled mobile phones to exchange a variety of messages, which go beyond phone calls, such as short Messaging Service (SMS) messages as well as Multimedia Messaging Service(MMS) messages, and email.

Also, mobile terminals can provide caller Identification (CID) service to ensure that callers can be identified.

When a message event or a missed call occurs when the mobile device is in idle mode, an event indicator indicating the existence of an event appears on a display until the user presses a specified key, such as an OK button.

According to the conventional event indication method in which two distinct messages occur simultaneously, a conventional mobile terminal shows only the an event from the second on the display, although users have not checked for the earlier event. For example, if the call to 010-123-4567 is missed, the user is alerted of the missed call while in idle mode of the mobile device, as illustrated in FIG. 1A. If an SMS message is received, but the missed call isn’t checked, the mobile terminal substitutes an incoming SMS message indication for the missed call indicator in the display as shown in FIG. 1B.

The drawback of the conventional method of displaying events is that it does not inform the user whenever numerous events occur. The LCD window only shows the most recent incoming event. This means that the user isn’t aware of the kinds and the number of events that occurred at any given moment. Another issue is that the display shows only the most recent incoming event.

The invention of the present invention seeks to overcome the difficulties and drawbacks previously mentioned and also provide the advantages listed below. The invention described herein provides a method and a mobile terminal that is capable of efficiently displaying various events created by a mobile terminal when it is in idle mode.

Another purpose of the present invention is to provide a means of and mobile terminal that can be configured to, upon occurrences of many events while in idle mode, showing indications of all the events on a screen.

The above-mentioned objectives can be achieved through the use of, and mobile terminals that are designed to display an event indication by way of an e-mail box in idle mode of the mobile device. In this method, upon occurrence of asecond event in idle mode it is determined if an event pop-up box indicating the existence of a previous event that is of the same kind as the second event exists. When the event pop-up box indicates the existence of the first event occurs and is present, the event pop-up box will be updated with information about the existence of the second event. It is then it is displayed on a monitor.

On the mobile terminal, should, on the occurrence of a second event while in idle mode, the event pop-up box indicating occurrence of an initial event of the same type as the second event, the controller will update the event pop-up box with information indicatingthe occurrence of the second event, and displays the new event pop-up box under control of the controller.

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