JP2012133787A - Portable terminal, portable terminal with touch screen, control method for portable terminal, control program and recording medium - Google Patents

Portable terminal, portable terminal with touch screen, control method for portable terminal, control program and recording medium Download PDF

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JP2012133787A
JP2012133787A JP2011280499A JP2011280499A JP2012133787A JP 2012133787 A JP2012133787 A JP 2012133787A JP 2011280499 A JP2011280499 A JP 2011280499A JP 2011280499 A JP2011280499 A JP 2011280499A JP 2012133787 A JP2012133787 A JP 2012133787A
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Jayawardana Anushka
Yusuke Sakurai
Kevin White
ジャヤワード アヌシュカ
ホワイト ケビン
佑輔 櫻井
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To perform start up of a communication application in an easy and highly secured manner.SOLUTION: A portable terminal 10 comprises: a screen lock release unit 1057 for, when a password authentication unit 1059 identifies a person as a user who starts up a communication application and an icon operation acquisition unit 1055 acquires a predetermined operation, releasing a lock state of a touch screen 102; and an application control unit 1056 for, following the release of the lock state in the touch screen 102, starting up the communication application to establish a communication state with a contact indicated by a contact icon.

Description

  The present invention relates to a portable terminal, particularly a portable terminal with a touch screen. The present invention also relates to a mobile terminal control method, a control program, and a recording medium.

  Today, many mobile phones, portable computers, PDAs and similar products are equipped with touch screens. A touch screen is a kind of electronic display, and can detect the presence and position of a touch in a display area. Generally, the user touches the display (touch screen) of the apparatus with a finger, but a dedicated pen or the like is also used in addition to the finger.

  The advantage of the touch screen is that the user can directly operate what is displayed on the screen rather than an indirect method such as a mouse or a cursor moved with a trackball. Furthermore, by using the touch screen, the user can concentrate on the work given by both hands without being bothered by an intermediary device that requires hand-held operation.

  Generally, an application (e-mail, Internet browser, text message, etc.) is displayed as an icon on the touch screen of the mobile terminal. If the user wants to use a particular application--for example, if he wants to make a call--the user activates the application by touching the icon representing that application.

  For example, in order to prevent an application from being inadvertently activated in a pocket or a handbag, a touch screen portable terminal generally returns to a screen lock state after a certain period of time. While the screen is locked, touching the touch screen will not launch the application. An unlock mechanism is required to return the mobile terminal to a fully usable state.

  The unlock mechanism is implemented by entering a PIN or alphanumeric password, pressing the input buttons on the mobile device in a sequence, or touching the touch screen in a predetermined manner (eg, in a specific action). The It is also possible to combine these.

  From Patent Document 1, a terminal device that can function in two or more operation modes can be realized. Each operation mode is associated with a personal ID number code, and if the appropriate code is input, the terminal device functions in the selected operation mode. Patent Documents 2 to 5 disclose the unlocking of the touch screen.

JP 2010-010845 A (published January 14, 2010) International Publication No. 2009/004435 (Published January 8, 2009) European Patent Application Publication No. 2219105 (published on August 18, 2010) International Publication No. 2010/037898 (Released on April 8, 2010) International Publication No. 2010/040670 (Released on April 15, 2010)

  However, in the techniques of Patent Documents 1 to 5, when the touch screen is in the locked state, when the communication application is started to communicate with the contact indicated by the contact icon, the contact icon is displayed. However, the touch screen is not unlocked and the connection of the communication application is not established by performing the direct operation and authentication of the user who performs the operation. Therefore, in the above case, the communication application cannot be started easily and safely.

  The present invention has been made in view of the above-mentioned problems, and the purpose thereof is when the user tries to communicate with a desired contact when the touch screen is in a locked state. An object of the present invention is to realize a portable terminal, a portable terminal with a touch screen, a portable terminal control method, a control program, and a recording medium capable of easily and safely starting a communication application.

  Another object of the present invention is to further improve the operation of the mobile terminal, particularly the unlocking mechanism of the touch screen.

  In order to solve the above-described problem, the mobile terminal according to the present invention includes an authentication unit that authenticates a user who activates a communication application that enables communication with the outside, and a contact point related to the communication application by the user. An icon operation acquisition unit that acquires a predetermined operation on the icon and the authentication unit confirm that the user is the user who starts the communication application, and the icon operation acquisition unit performs the operation on the contact icon. When the predetermined operation is acquired, a screen unlocking means for releasing the locked state of the touch screen connected to the device, and the unlocking of the touch screen by the screen unlocking means, Launch the application and it will be shown in the contact icon above Is characterized in that it comprises a start control means for establishing communication with the contact, the.

  Moreover, in order to solve the said subject, the control method of the portable terminal which concerns on this invention WHEREIN: The authentication step which authenticates the user who starts the communication application which enables communication with the outside, The said communication by the said user In the icon operation acquisition step of acquiring a predetermined operation for the contact icon related to the application for application, and in the authentication step, it is confirmed that the user is the user who starts the communication application, and in the icon operation acquisition step, the contact A screen unlocking step for releasing the touch screen lock state when a predetermined operation is performed on the destination icon, and the communication for the communication according to the unlocking of the touch screen lock state in the screen lock release step. Launch the application It is characterized in that it comprises an activation control step of establishing a communication with the contact shown in the contact icon, a.

  According to the above configuration, when the confirmation by the authentication unit (confirmation in the authentication step) and the acquisition of a predetermined operation by the icon operation acquisition unit (the acquisition in the icon operation acquisition step) are performed, the screen lock is released. The means (at the screen lock control step) releases the touch screen lock state, and the activation control means (at the activation control step) activates the communication application according to the release, and the contact indicated by the contact icon Establish communication status with. That is, the screen lock state is released and the communication state with the contact is established only after the above confirmation and acquisition.

  Generally, when a user desires to communicate with a contact, in a state where the touch screen is not locked, the user performs a predetermined operation on a contact icon indicating the contact to perform communication. Start the application. In the present invention, as described above, a predetermined operation for the contact icon is used as one of triggers for releasing the lock state of the touch screen. Therefore, an operation other than the user operation for performing the authentication process is performed. The locked state can be released by a direct user operation for starting the communication application. Therefore, the convenience of the user can be improved with respect to the activation of the communication application.

  Also, in the present invention, as described above, user authentication is performed when the communication application is started, so that not only the above convenience but also security can be improved.

  That is, according to the portable terminal of the present invention, when the touch screen is in the locked state, even when the user tries to communicate with a desired contact, the communication application can be easily started and It can be executed with high safety.

  A portable terminal according to the present invention includes display control means for displaying the contact icon on the touch screen, and the display control means displays a missed call icon indicating a contact that the user has not answered, and the contact icon. Is preferably displayed on the touch screen.

  According to the above configuration, the display control means displays the missed call icon as a contact icon on the touch screen, so that the user can confirm at a glance that there is a non-response contact.

  The portable terminal according to the present invention includes display control means for displaying the contact icon on the touch screen, and the display control means displays an unread mail icon indicating an unread e-mail contact address by the user. It is preferable to display it on the touch screen as a contact icon.

  According to the above configuration, the display control means displays the unread mail icon as a contact icon on the touch screen, so that the user can confirm at a glance that there is an unread e-mail contact.

  In the portable terminal according to the present invention, when a predetermined operation for the unread mail icon is acquired by the icon operation acquisition unit, the activation control unit is configured to return a reply format for an unread mail designating the contact information. It is preferable to start the communication application.

  According to the above configuration, the activation control unit activates the communication application with a reply format for replying to the contact of the unread mail when a predetermined operation for the unread mail icon is acquired. . Therefore, the user can reply to the contact of the unread mail only by performing a predetermined operation on the unread mail icon and confirming the authentication.

  The portable terminal may be realized by a computer. In this case, the portable terminal control program for causing the portable terminal to be realized by the computer by operating the computer as each of the means, and recording the program. Such computer-readable recording media also fall within the scope of the present invention.

  In addition, the mobile terminal with a touch screen according to the present invention is a mobile terminal with a touch screen having a touch screen, and the mobile terminal switches the touch screen between an unlocked state and a locked state. A plurality of stored applications, and a screen unlock mechanism for unlocking the touch screen. The screen unlock mechanism activates a selected stored application from the plurality of applications, and a predetermined icon The user is prompted to enter a password or passcode, and the touchscreen is unlocked and the application corresponding to the predetermined icon is started by appropriately entering the password or passcode. By performing a predetermined operation on the contact icon selected for the communication icon, both unlocking the screen and launching the application corresponding to the selected communication icon are performed, depending on the selected contact icon. It is characterized in that preparations are made to contact the contact information of the user represented.

  According to the above configuration, as with the mobile terminal of the present invention, when the touch screen is in the locked state, even when the user tries to communicate with a desired contact, the communication application is activated. It can be executed easily and safely.

  As described above, the mobile terminal according to the present invention acquires an authentication unit that authenticates a user who starts a communication application that enables communication with the outside, and a predetermined operation on the contact icon by the user. The icon operation acquisition means and the authentication means confirm that the user is a user who starts the communication application, and the icon operation acquisition means determines a predetermined contact icon for the contact icon related to the communication application. When the operation is acquired, the screen lock release means for releasing the lock state of the touch screen connected to the device itself, and the communication application is started in accordance with the release of the touch screen lock state by the screen lock release means. With the contact shown in the contact icon above And activation control means for establishing a signal state, it is in that configuration that includes a.

  Moreover, the control method of the portable terminal according to the present invention includes an authentication step for authenticating a user who starts a communication application that enables communication with the outside, and the contact icon by the user for the contact icon as described above. In the icon operation acquisition step for acquiring a predetermined operation and the authentication step, it is confirmed that the user is the user who starts the communication application, and in the icon operation acquisition step, the contact icon related to the communication application is displayed. When the predetermined operation is acquired, the communication application is started in accordance with a screen unlocking step for releasing the touch screen lock state and the unlocking of the touch screen in the screen lock release step. Let the above contact An activation control step of establishing a communication with the contact shown in icon, the method comprising.

  In addition, the mobile terminal with a touch screen according to the present invention is a mobile terminal with a touch screen having a touch screen, and the mobile terminal switches the touch screen between an unlocked state and a locked state. A plurality of stored applications, and a screen unlock mechanism for unlocking the touch screen. The screen unlock mechanism activates a selected stored application from the plurality of applications, and a predetermined icon The user is prompted to enter a password or passcode, and the touchscreen is unlocked and the application corresponding to the predetermined icon is started by appropriately entering the password or passcode. By performing a predetermined operation on the contact icon selected for the communication icon, both unlocking the screen and launching the application corresponding to the selected communication icon are performed, depending on the selected contact icon. In this configuration, preparations are made for contacting the contact information of the user represented.

  Therefore, even when the user tries to communicate with a desired contact when the touch screen is in the locked state, the communication application can be easily and safely started. .

It is a figure which shows the example of the touch screen on which the some icon was displayed. It is a figure which shows another example of the touch screen on which the some icon was displayed. It is a figure which shows another example of the touch screen on which the some icon was displayed. It is a flowchart which shows the lock release mechanism which concerns on embodiment of this invention. It is a figure which shows another example of the touch screen on which the some icon was displayed. It is a figure which shows another example of the touch screen on which the some icon was displayed. It is a functional block diagram which shows an example of the principal part structure of the portable terminal in one Embodiment of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the flow of the process in the said portable terminal.

Embodiment 1
The present embodiment relates to an application launcher associated with the operation of a screen unlock mechanism in a touch screen device. Hereinafter, in order to facilitate understanding of the present invention, specific embodiments thereof will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

  The conventional screen lock releasing operation returns the portable terminal from the standby state to the active state. However, these operations return the mobile terminal to the home screen of the device or the screen last used before locking.

  In the present embodiment, the user can perform the act of unlocking the touch screen and starting the application in one operation.

  FIGS. 1 a and 1 b are diagrams showing a mobile terminal 10 having a touch screen 12. On the touch screen 12, there are four icons (icons 1, 2, 3, 4). In the present embodiment, the icon 1 is an icon representing a contact or an address book application. Icon 2 is a messaging application and icon 3 is a browser application. The multimedia gallery application is represented by icon 4. It will be readily appreciated that the above applications are merely examples, and that these icons can be easily replaced with other suitable applications. Furthermore, the number of icons representing an application is not limited to four, and a larger or smaller number of icons can be displayed.

  With this configuration, the icon can be activated by a predetermined operation that acts on unlocking the touch screen. One embodiment of the predetermined operation is described below.

  Icon 5 represents the unlocking mechanism. In this configuration, the user may execute a drag and drop technique to return the touch screen from the locked state to the unlocked state. For example, when the user wants to start the messaging application, the user first touches the icon 2 and drags the icon to the unlock icon 5. This predetermined action unlocks the touch screen and activates the messaging application.

  It can be easily understood that the unlocking mechanism does not necessarily have to be represented by an icon. Similarly, as a preferred embodiment, a predetermined area may be used as the unlocking mechanism.

  As a preferred embodiment, the user may unlock the touch screen by operating only on the icon 5. This action unlocks the touch screen but does not launch a specific application. For example, this operation may return the mobile terminal to the home screen.

  As another configuration, the displayed icon may be associated with the application used last. For example, in FIG. 1a, if it is decided to display four icons, these correspond to the last four used applications. Similarly, when displaying six icons, the icons correspond to the last six applications used.

  The displayed icon may be dynamically changed according to a predetermined event. The predetermined event is a telephone call or SMS message reception or the like. For example, when the user receives an SMS message, an icon representing this application is displayed. Similarly, when there is a missed call, an icon representing a mobile call application is displayed. These icons may be displayed in the same manner as previously defined icons.

  The above concepts can be combined. Therefore, when the mobile phone terminal is set to display the last four used applications, and the user receives an SMS message, the icon representing the fourth last used application represents the SMS application. Replaced with an icon. When one of the four last used applications is an SMS application, the order of the icons may or may not be changed. For example, an icon representing the SMS message application may be brought to the top in the list.

  FIG. 2 is a diagram showing a modified embodiment. All of the features described in FIGS. 1a and 1b are also applicable to this configuration.

  Icons 1 to 4 are as described above. Icon 5 represents the unlocking mechanism. Icons 6 to 8 represent additional applications, and appear when a notification is received from each application. For example, icon 6 represents a shortcut to an SMS application or SMS function. The sub icon 16 indicates the number of unread SMS messages (in this case, 3 messages). Icon 7 represents a shortcut to the email application, and sub-icon 18 represents the number of unread emails. The icon 8 is associated with a dynamic shortcut of the social networking service, and appears when the user has an unread message or notification on Facebook (registered trademark).

  FIG. 3 is a flowchart of the unlocking mechanism according to the present embodiment. This embodiment can be used in the configuration described with reference to FIGS.

  When the portable terminal returns from the standby state in step 12 (S12), the process starts from step 10 (S10). At this point, the touch screen is still locked. In step 14 (S14), it is determined whether or not a user input is detected by the portable terminal. This is whether the pre-operation button has been pressed, or a similar mechanism. If no user input is detected, the portable terminal activates a standby countdown timer (S16). When the countdown timer expires, the mobile terminal returns to the standby mode.

  When a user input is detected in step 14, the mobile terminal further determines whether or not the touch screen is about to be unlocked (S20). If no input is detected on the unlock icon 5, the portable terminal returns to the standby mode and starts the standby countdown timer.

  If a user input is detected in the unlock mechanism area 5, a determination is made whether this has been done in association with the application icons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. In the case of Yes, the touch screen is unlocked in step 26 (S26), and the related application is activated (S28). If the unlock icon 5 is not activated in association with the application icon, the touch screen is unlocked but the application is not activated (S24).

  A further embodiment is described in connection with FIG. Many of the advantages listed above are also applicable to this embodiment.

  This embodiment is based on a portable terminal equipped with a touch screen. A plurality of applications are stored on the screen and are represented by icons 20. A plurality of photo icons 22 are also displayed on the touch screen. The photo icon is a photograph of a person known by the owner of the mobile terminal or the contact information of the user. These icons may be referred to as contact icons or user's contact icons.

  In the present embodiment, the icon 20 may include a phone icon, an email icon, a text messaging icon, and the like. These are collectively defined as communication icons. In order to return the mobile terminal from the screen lock state to the unlock state, the user first selects a photo icon and then selects an application icon. This action unlocks the device and launches the desired application. However, assuming that the telephone icon is selected, the call application is activated and the selected person is called by the operation. Similarly, when an email application is selected, the application is activated and ready to send email to the selected person.

  As described above, the present embodiment realizes further shortcuts for unlocking the touch screen and starting an application.

  As a further embodiment, the touch screen can be made to resemble a personal organizer or similar notebook, as shown in FIG. Multiple icons or tabs are displayed at the periphery of the screen. Touching the desired tab and dragging the icon toward the opposite side of the screen (similar to opening a book) unlocks the touch screen and activates the selected icon. In the example shown here, since the icons are arranged on the right hand side, the drag and drop operation is performed toward the left hand side. It can be easily understood that the position of the tab icon can be changed by a user setting or the like.

  In any of the embodiments described above, one or more security protocols can be associated with an unlock mechanism. For example, a password or password may be requested before or after the unlock mechanism is executed.

  As a modified embodiment, it is also possible to instruct the user to input a password or a passcode after the user performs a predetermined operation (including only an icon touch) on a predetermined icon. If the password or passcode is properly entered, the touch screen is unlocked and an application corresponding to any icon is launched.

  The mobile terminal described in the above embodiment relates to a touch screen mobile terminal that combines an application launcher and a touch screen unlocking mechanism, and the mobile terminal can be selected from a plurality of applications stored on the screen by the application launcher. Launch an application, the touch screen unlock mechanism switches between touch screen lock and unlock states, and also combines the application launcher and touch screen unlock mechanism to unlock the touch screen and select the saved application Can be activated. There is no limit even considering the minimum required system. This touch screen unlock mechanism and application launcher can be implemented on any smartphone running Android®, Brew®, Symbian®, Windows® Phone 7, and so on. The system processing speed and the memory are not particularly limited. For example, one embodiment of the present invention is operating normally with 256 MB of RAM and a 600 MHz processor.

  It should be understood that the embodiments described above are provided by way of reference only and that modifications and changes can be made within the scope of the appended claims.

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Another embodiment of the portable terminal according to the present invention will be described below with reference to FIGS. For convenience of explanation, members having the same functions as those of the drawings described in the above-described embodiments are denoted by the same reference numerals, and description thereof is omitted as appropriate.

[Outline of this embodiment]
In the present embodiment, the content described with reference to FIG. 4 in the first embodiment will be described in more detail in accordance with the processing of the mobile terminal 10. In particular, the mobile terminal 10 of the present embodiment corresponds to the contact icon after confirming the user's authentication when the user obtains a predetermined operation on the contact icon related to the communication application. The application for communication to start is started.

  In order to realize this processing, as will be described below, the mobile terminal 10 is confirmed by the password authentication unit 1059 to be a user who starts a communication application, and the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 A screen lock control unit 1057 for releasing the lock state of the touch screen 102 connected to the own device when a predetermined operation on the contact icon related to the communication application is acquired, and the lock state of the touch screen 102 And an application control unit 1056 that activates the communication application in accordance with the cancellation and establishes a communication state with the contact indicated by the contact icon. Therefore, when the mobile terminal 10 performs communication with the contact indicated by the contact icon selected by the user (contact desired by the user) even when the touch screen 102 is in the locked state, the communication is performed. The communication application for establishing the communication can be easily and safely executed.

  The “predetermined operation” is a user operation (user input) on the first operation unit 1022 of the touch screen 102, and particularly refers to an operation on a contact icon displayed on the touch screen 102. Examples of the operation include a drag-and-drop operation on the contact icon and a tap operation on the contact icon.

  The “predetermined operation on the contact icon related to the communication application” refers to a user operation on the contact icon for starting the communication application. For example, as the predetermined operation, a user operation to the contact icon or a drag and drop operation of the contact icon to the communication icon on the premise of a user operation to the communication icon corresponding to the communication application Is mentioned.

  The “communication application” is an application that enables communication with the outside, and in particular, an application that enables communication with a contact indicated by a contact icon. This communication application is stored in the storage unit 106 in association with a communication icon displayed on the display unit 1021 of the touch screen 102. The “communication application” has, for example, a “call application” having a function that enables a call with a contact, and a function that enables transmission and reception of an electronic mail (e-mail) with the contact. “Email application”.

[Configuration of the mobile terminal 10]
First, an example of a main configuration of the mobile terminal 10 according to the present embodiment will be described with reference to FIG. FIG. 6 is a functional block diagram illustrating an example of a main configuration of the mobile terminal 10 according to the present embodiment.

  As illustrated in FIG. 6, the mobile terminal 10 includes a touch screen 102, a second operation unit 103, a communication unit 104, a control unit 105, and a storage unit 106, and functions as a smartphone, for example. For example, the mobile terminal 10 may be realized by an AV device such as a personal computer (PC) or a digital television, a notebook computer, a tablet PC, a mobile phone, a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), or the like.

  The touch screen 102 is realized by, for example, a liquid crystal display monitor, and includes a display unit 1021 that presents information to the user, and a first operation unit 1022 that functions as a GUI that can be operated by the user. The first operation unit 1022 is realized by, for example, icons (including contact icons) displayed on the display unit 1021 and associated with various applications. The touch screen 102 has the same configuration as the touch screen 12 of the first embodiment.

  The touch screen 102 displays a touch surface that receives a contact of an indicator (such as a finger or a pen), a contact / non-contact (approach / non-approach) between the indicator and the touch surface, and a contact (approach) position. It is comprised with the touch sensor for detecting. The touch sensor may be realized by any sensor as long as it can detect contact / non-contact between the indicator and the touch surface. For example, it is realized by a pressure sensor, a capacitance sensor, an optical sensor, or the like.

  In the present embodiment, the mobile terminal 10 is described as including the touch screen 102. However, the present invention is not limited to this, and the touch screen 102 may be connected to the mobile terminal 10 as a single external device.

  The second operation unit 103 is different from the first operation unit 1022 displayed on the touch screen 102 and can be operated by the user. For example, the second operation unit 103 is realized by a mechanical member such as a button or a key. It is what is done. The second operation unit 103 supplies power to each member (at least the touch screen 102) of the mobile terminal 10, and the active mode in which each member is in the activated state and a part of the member of the mobile terminal 10 (for example, the second operation). Power is supplied only to the unit 103), and a switching operation to the standby mode in which only the member is in an activated state is accepted. For example, the switching is performed when the user presses the second operation unit 103.

  The communication unit 104 communicates with, for example, a base station or a server, and enables communication with other mobile terminals, transmission / reception of e-mails, and the like. The communication is realized by a wireless communication medium, but is not limited thereto, and may be realized by a wired communication medium.

  The control unit 105 controls functions of each member included in the mobile terminal 10 and controls driving of the mobile terminal 10. That is, the control part 105 controls the member which comprises the portable terminal 10, for example by running a control program. The control unit 105 reads the program stored in the storage unit 106 into a primary storage unit (not shown) configured by, for example, a RAM (Random Access Memory) and executes the program, thereby executing the first operation unit 1022, the first operation unit 1022, and the like. 2 Perform various processing such as control corresponding to user operation acquisition to the operation unit 103, image display control of an icon or the like on the display unit 1021, user authentication, lock / unlock control of the touch screen 102, and application activation control.

  The control unit 105 mainly includes a communication control unit 1051, a display control unit 1052 (display control unit), a standby mode control unit 1053, an operation acquisition unit 1054, an icon operation acquisition unit 1055 (icon operation acquisition unit), and an application control unit 1056 ( Activation control unit), a screen lock control unit 1057 (screen lock release unit), a password request unit 1058, and a password authentication unit 1059 (authentication unit).

  The communication control unit 1051 controls the communication unit 104 and transmits and receives data according to the communication application activated by the application control unit 1056.

  The display control unit 1052 reads various images such as an image (icon image) indicating an icon including a contact icon, a password input image, an image corresponding to the operation of the activated application from the storage unit 106, and This is displayed on the display unit 1021. Examples of the contact icon displayed on the display unit 1021 by the display control unit 1052 include a missed call icon indicating a non-response contact by the user and an unread mail icon indicating an e-mail contact that the user has not read. . Note that these icons may be realized as the sub icons 16 described in the first embodiment.

  The standby mode control unit 1053 receives a user operation on the second operation unit 103, that is, that the second operation unit 103 is pressed as a second detection signal, and switches the touch screen 102 between the standby mode and the active mode. Is what you do. In order to realize the switching, the standby mode control unit 1053 outputs a mode switching signal indicating one of the modes. The touch screen 102 enters any mode upon receiving this mode switching signal.

  The operation acquisition unit 1054 acquires a user operation (user input) on the first operation unit 1022 as a first detection signal. The first detection signal includes data indicating whether the operation is a user operation for an icon, a user operation for a password input image, or another user operation. Therefore, the operation acquisition unit 1054 can determine whether the operation is a user operation on the icon image, a user operation on the password input image, or any other operation.

  In particular, the operation acquisition unit 1054 transmits an icon operation acquisition signal to the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 when it is determined that the user operation is an icon, and when it is determined that the operation is a user operation for a password input image, A password acquisition signal is transmitted to the password authentication unit 1059.

  The icon operation acquisition unit 1055 acquires user operations related to icon operations. That is, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 receives an icon operation acquisition signal from the operation acquisition unit 1054, thereby determining which icon operation of the icons displayed on the display unit 1021 has been acquired.

  In particular, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 determines whether the user operation is for a contact icon or a communication icon. It is also determined whether the operation is a tap operation, a drag and drop operation, or a user operation on the communication icon after the user operation on the contact icon. In other words, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 acquires a predetermined operation on the contact icon related to the communication application by the user. Based on the determination result, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 outputs a start command for starting an application corresponding to the communication icon to the application control unit 1056 or changes the display position of the contact icon. The signal is output to the display control unit 1052. In addition, when the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 outputs an activation command to the application control unit 1056, information (contact information selection information) indicating which contact icon is the contact icon that has received the user operation. And stored in the storage unit 106.

  The application control unit 1056 controls the application, such as starting and ending the application.

  For example, the application control unit 1056 instructs the screen lock control unit 1057 to transmit a password acceptance request to the password request unit 1058 when receiving an activation command for the communication icon from the icon operation acquisition unit 1055. . When the screen lock control unit 1057 unlocks the touch screen 102 or receives a lock release signal indicating completion, the screen lock control unit 1057 starts the communication application corresponding to the communication icon that has received the start command, By referring to the selection information stored in the storage unit 106, the communication state with the contact indicated by the contact icon that has accepted the user operation is established. That is, the application control unit 1056 activates the communication application and establishes a communication state with the contact according to the release of the lock state of the touch screen 102.

  In addition, when the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 acquires a predetermined operation for a contact icon as an unread mail icon, the application control unit 1056 uses a communication application ( E-mail application). Therefore, the application control unit 1056 determines whether or not the application for which the activation command has been issued is an e-mail application, and refers to the selection information stored in the storage unit 106 to receive the contact icon that has received the user operation. It is determined whether or not is an unread mail icon. If it is determined that the e-mail application is an unread mail icon, the e-mail application is activated in accordance with the reply format.

  The screen lock control unit 1057 controls locking and unlocking of the touch screen 102. In particular, the screen lock control unit 1057 receives the activation command from the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 and receives the password match signal from the password authentication unit 1059, and then unlocks the touch screen 102 to release the lock state. The signal is transmitted to the touch screen 102 and the application control unit 1056. In other words, the screen lock control unit 1057 is confirmed by the password authentication unit 1059 to be a user who starts the communication application, and the application control unit 1056 performs a predetermined operation on the contact icon. When acquired, the lock state of the touch screen 102 is released.

  The password request unit 1058 requests the user to input a password when unlocking the touch screen 102. When the password request unit 1058 receives the password acceptance request from the screen lock control unit 1057, the password request unit 1058 transmits a display instruction for displaying a password input image for requesting the user to input a password. Note that the password request unit 1058 may request input of a personal identification number, passcode, and the like instead of requesting the user to input a password.

  The password authentication unit 1059 performs authentication of a password input by the user in response to a request from the password request unit 1058. In other words, authentication of a user who starts a communication application that enables communication with the outside is performed. Upon receiving the password acquisition signal output from the operation acquisition unit 1054, the password authentication unit 1059 analyzes the signal and determines whether or not it matches the password stored in the storage unit 106. If the match is confirmed, a password match signal is transmitted to the screen lock control unit 1057.

  Further, the storage unit 106 records (1) a control program for each unit executed by the control unit 105, (2) an OS program, (3) an application program, and (4) various data read when executing these programs. To do. The control unit 105 is configured by a nonvolatile storage device such as a ROM (Read Only Memory) flash memory. Note that the above-described primary storage unit is configured by a volatile storage device such as a RAM. However, in the present embodiment, the storage unit 106 may be described as having a primary storage unit function. . The storage unit 106 stores, for example, application, icon image information and display position information, security information such as a password, and the like.

[Processing in the mobile terminal 10]
Next, an example of processing in the mobile terminal 10 of the present embodiment will be described using FIG. FIG. 7 is a flowchart illustrating an example of the process.

  In step S <b> 202, the standby mode control unit 1053 restores (returns) the mobile terminal 10 from the standby mode to the active mode, triggered by the user's pressing on the second operation unit 103. In step S204, the operation acquisition unit 1054 detects whether or not there is a user input on the touch screen 102, and further determines whether or not a user operation (touch screen operation) for the icon displayed on the display unit 1021 is detected. judge. When it is determined that the user operation on the icon is not detected (NO in S204), the operation acquisition unit 1054 waits for the input of the first operation signal from the first operation unit 1022.

  When the operation acquisition unit 1054 detects a touch screen operation (YES in S204), in step S206, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 determines whether or not the touch screen operation is detected on the contact icon, that is, the operation acquisition unit. By analyzing the icon operation acquisition signal from 1054, it is determined whether or not the operation is a user operation on the contact icon. If it is determined that the touch screen operation has not been detected on the contact icon (NO in S206), the touch screen operation on the contact icon is waited for. If it is determined that the touch screen operation is detected on the contact icon (YES in S206), in step S208, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 stores the contact icon selection information detected in step S206 in the storage unit 106. save. In the case of NO in S206, processing according to the flow after step S20 of FIG. 3 may be performed instead of waiting for the contact icon.

  Next, in step S210, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 analyzes whether the touch screen operation is detected on the communication icon, that is, the icon operation acquisition signal from the operation acquisition unit 1054 as described above. It is determined whether the user operation is performed on the communication icon. When it is determined that the touch screen operation has not been detected on the communication icon (NO in S210), the icon operation acquisition unit 1055 waits for the touch screen operation on the communication icon. That is, the selection information of the contact address icon is continuously held. On the other hand, when it is determined that the touch screen operation has been detected on the communication icon (YES in S210), the application control unit 1056 receives the activation command for the communication application corresponding to the selected communication icon, and receives the activation command. Is stored in the storage unit 106. In addition, the application control unit 1056 requests the screen lock control unit 1057 to unlock the touch screen 102. Upon receiving this request, screen lock control unit 1057 transmits a password reception request to password request unit 1058.

  In step S212, upon receiving the password acceptance request from the screen lock control unit 1057, the password request unit 1058 requests the user to input a password. Therefore, the password request unit 1058 transmits a display instruction for displaying the password input image on the display unit 1021 to the display control unit 1052. In step S <b> 214, the operation acquisition unit 1054 acquires the password input by the user from the first operation unit 1022. In step S216, the password authentication unit 1059 determines whether or not the password input by the user via the first operation unit 1022 matches a preset password. If it is determined that the passwords do not match (NO in S216), the password request unit 1058 is notified of this. As a result, the password request unit 1058 requests the user to input the password again. If it is determined that the passwords match (YES in S216), in step S218, the screen lock control unit 1057 releases the screen lock state. Note that the steps of S212 to S216 may not be performed after a user operation on the communication icon is detected (after S210), and may be processed between, for example, step S206 and step S208.

  When the screen lock state is released, in step S220, the application control unit 1056 determines whether or not the communication application corresponding to the communication icon selected in step S210 is an email application. If it is determined that the application is not an email application (NO in S220), in step S226, the application control unit 1056 activates the application in a form of contacting the person represented by the contact icon selected in step S206. . For example, in the case of a call application, the form of contacting the person indicates that the call application is activated by a format for making a call to the person.

  If the application is an email application (YES in S220), in step S222, the application control unit 1056 determines whether or not there is an unread mail from the person, that is, the contact icon that has accepted the user operation is unread. It is determined whether it is a mail icon. If it is determined that there is no unread mail from the person (there is no user operation for the unread mail icon) (NO in S222), the process proceeds to step S226. In this case, in step S226, the application control unit 1056 activates the e-mail application in a format for creating a new mail to be transmitted to the person.

  On the other hand, if it is determined that there is unread mail from the person (there is a user operation on the unread mail icon) (YES in S222), in step S224, the application control unit 1056 returns a reply format (unread) to the unread mail. Start the e-mail application with the unread e-mail reply format that specifies the e-mail icon contact). Note that step S220 may not be performed after step 216, and may be processed between step S210 and step S212, for example.

  As described above, according to the mobile terminal 10 of the present embodiment, even when the user tries to communicate with a desired contact when the touch screen is in the locked state, the communication application is activated. Can be easily and safely executed. Further, by associating the communication icon and the contact icon with the unlock mechanism, the user can quickly and smoothly contact the contact person. Further, by associating the security protocol with the unlocking mechanism, it is possible to prevent a third party from operating the portable terminal 10 illegally.

≪Another expression of the present invention≫
The present invention can also be expressed as follows. Although not described in detail, the following configuration can also be realized by the control unit 105 of the mobile terminal 10 described in the second embodiment.

  According to the first aspect of the present invention, a mobile terminal with a touch screen having a touch screen is provided. The mobile terminal switches the touch screen between the unlocked state and the locked state, and includes a plurality of applications stored in the touch screen, and a screen unlock mechanism for unlocking the touch screen, A selected storage application is activated from the plurality of applications by the screen lock release mechanism.

  In the above configuration, preferably, the touch screen may be unlocked and a desired application may be activated simultaneously when the user touches the touch screen using a gesture or an action. It is desirable that the gestures and actions are predefined.

  The plurality of applications are displayed as icons on the touch screen, and it is desirable that the icons are activated by a predetermined operation that acts on unlocking the touch screen. For example, when the user performs a drag-and-drop gesture on a given icon, the application represented by the icon may be activated and the screen may be unlocked. Before executing the drag-and-drop mechanism, a button on the mobile terminal may have to be pressed first.

  Further, an icon displayed by the user may be arbitrarily selected. Accordingly, the mobile terminal can be set to meet the user's needs. The number of display icons is not important. However, in order to accurately perform drag and drop gestures, a limited number of icons will be displayed in advance on mobile phone touch screens and similar sized devices.

  It should be understood that the configuration for unlocking the touch screen and launching the application is diverse. For example, a user may activate a desired application by double-tapping a desired application icon. Only this operation may be performed, or the touch screen may be unlocked by a combination with other gestures and operations.

  It is also preferable that the displayed icon corresponds to the last used application. For example, when the number of icon displays is set to four, the displayed icon corresponds to the last four applications used.

  It is desirable that the displayed icon changes dynamically according to a predetermined event. For example, an icon representing this application may be displayed when the user receives an SMS message. Similarly, when there is a missed call, an icon representing a mobile call application may be displayed. These icons are displayed in the same way as predetermined icons.

  The touch screen preferably includes a predetermined area where the user can drag and drop an application icon to unlock the screen and launch the application. In particular, the predetermined area is preferably an icon representing a lock release mechanism. That is, the touch screen has a predetermined area, and when the user drags and drops an application icon represented by the icon on the touch screen to the predetermined area, the screen is unlocked and the application is started. May be.

  In a preferred embodiment, one or more security protocols are associated with the unlock mechanism. For example, a password or password may be requested before or after executing the unlocking mechanism.

  Preferably, the user may be prompted to input a password or passcode after performing some operation (including only a simple touch) on a predetermined icon. If the password or passcode is entered correctly, the touch screen is unlocked and an application corresponding to any icon is launched. That is, the mobile terminal with a touch screen prompts the user to input a password or passcode by an operation on a predetermined icon, and the touchscreen is unlocked by an appropriate input of the password or passcode, and an application corresponding to the predetermined icon It may be activated.

  It should be understood that the above configuration does not force the user to return from the locked touch screen to the home screen or the last visited screen. The above configuration provides flexibility to the user by allowing the user to use a shortcut to a specific application while unlocking the touch screen.

  In a preferred embodiment, the touch screen further displays one or more icons representing the user's contacts (contact icons). The contact icon may be a picture of a specific person known by the user. In one embodiment, each icon may represent a different person. However, one or more persons may be represented by a plurality of icons. For example, a spouse of a certain user may be represented by a first icon indicating a work item and a second icon indicating a personal item.

  Regarding communication icons (e-mail application, call application, text messaging application, etc.), it is possible to prepare to communicate with the person of the selected contact icon by performing a predetermined operation on the selected contact icon. Thus, it is desirable to be able to both unlock the screen and launch the selected application. That is, the mobile terminal with a touch screen performs a predetermined operation on the contact icon selected with respect to the communication icon, thereby performing both unlocking of the screen and starting of the application corresponding to the selected communication icon. And preparation may be made to contact the user's contact represented by the selected contact icon.

  According to an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a touch screen portable terminal that combines an application launcher and a touch screen unlock mechanism, and the application launcher includes one application from a plurality of applications stored on the screen. The application launches an application, and the touch screen unlock mechanism switches between the unlock state and the lock state of the touch screen. The touch screen unlock mechanism is combined with the application launcher and the touch screen unlock mechanism. The screen is unlocked and the selected storage application is activated.

  Furthermore, according to the 2nd aspect of this invention, the portable terminal with a touch screen which combined the application launcher and the touch screen unlocking mechanism is provided.

≪Modification≫
The present invention is not limited to the above-described embodiments, and various modifications are possible within the scope shown in the claims, and embodiments obtained by appropriately combining technical means disclosed in different embodiments. Is also included in the technical scope of the present invention.

[Example of software implementation]
Finally, each block of the mobile terminal 10, in particular, the communication control unit 1051 of the control unit 105, the display control unit 1052, the standby mode control unit 1053, the operation acquisition unit 1054, the icon operation acquisition unit 1055, the application control unit 1056, the screen lock The control unit 1057, the password request unit 1058, and the password authentication unit 1059 may be configured by hardware logic, or may be realized by software using a CPU as follows.

  That is, the mobile terminal 10 includes a CPU (central processing unit) that executes instructions of a control program that realizes each function, a ROM (read only memory) that stores the program, a RAM (random access memory) that expands the program, A storage device (recording medium) such as a memory for storing the program and various data is provided. An object of the present invention is to provide a recording medium on which a program code (execution format program, intermediate code program, source program) of a control program of the mobile terminal 10 which is software that realizes the above-described functions is recorded in a computer-readable manner, This can also be achieved by supplying the portable terminal 10 and reading and executing the program code recorded on the recording medium by the computer (or CPU or MPU).

  Examples of the recording medium include a tape system such as a magnetic tape and a cassette tape, a magnetic disk such as a floppy (registered trademark) disk / hard disk, and an optical disk such as a CD-ROM / MO / MD / DVD / CD-R. Card system such as IC card, IC card (including memory card) / optical card, or semiconductor memory system such as mask ROM / EPROM / EEPROM / flash ROM.

  Further, the mobile terminal 10 may be configured to be connectable to a communication network, and the program code may be supplied via the communication network. The communication network is not particularly limited. For example, the Internet, intranet, extranet, LAN, ISDN, VAN, CATV communication network, virtual private network, telephone line network, mobile communication network, satellite communication. A net or the like is available. Also, the transmission medium constituting the communication network is not particularly limited. For example, even in the case of wired such as IEEE 1394, USB, power line carrier, cable TV line, telephone line, ADSL line, etc., infrared rays such as IrDA and remote control, Bluetooth ( (Registered Trademark), 802.11 wireless, HDR (High Data Rate), mobile phone network, satellite line, terrestrial digital network, and the like can also be used. The present invention can also be realized in the form of a computer data signal embedded in a carrier wave in which the program code is embodied by electronic transmission.

  The present invention makes it possible to easily start a communication application with high safety, and is suitable for a mobile terminal equipped with a touch screen such as a smartphone.

DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 10 Mobile terminal 12 Touch screen 102 Touch screen 1052 Display control part (display control means)
1055 Icon operation acquisition unit (icon operation acquisition means)
1056 Application control unit (startup control means)
1057 Screen lock control unit (screen lock release means)
1059 Password authentication unit (authentication means)

Claims (8)

  1. An authentication means for authenticating a user who starts a communication application that enables communication with the outside;
    Icon operation acquisition means for acquiring a predetermined operation on the contact icon related to the communication application by the user;
    When it is confirmed by the authentication means that the user is a user who starts the communication application, and the predetermined operation for the contact icon is acquired by the icon operation acquisition means, A screen unlocking means for unlocking the connected touch screen; and
    Activation control means for activating the communication application and establishing a communication state with the contact indicated by the contact icon in accordance with the release of the lock state of the touch screen by the screen lock releasing means. A portable terminal characterized by that.
  2. Display control means for displaying the contact icon on the touch screen;
    The mobile terminal according to claim 1, wherein the display control unit displays a missed call icon indicating a contact that the user has not answered as the contact icon on the touch screen.
  3. Display control means for displaying the contact icon on the touch screen;
    2. The mobile terminal according to claim 1, wherein the display control means displays an unread mail icon indicating an e-mail contact address unread by the user on the touch screen as the contact icon.
  4. When a predetermined operation for the unread mail icon is acquired by the icon operation acquisition unit,
    4. The portable terminal according to claim 3, wherein the activation control unit activates the communication application in response to an unread mail reply format designating the contact information.
  5. An authentication step for authenticating a user who starts a communication application that enables communication with the outside;
    An icon operation acquisition step for acquiring a predetermined operation on the contact icon related to the communication application by the user;
    When it is confirmed in the authentication step that the user is a user who starts the communication application, and a predetermined operation for the contact icon is acquired in the icon operation acquisition step, A screen unlocking step for unlocking the connected touch screen; and
    An activation control step of activating the communication application and establishing a communication state with the contact indicated by the contact icon in accordance with the release of the lock state of the touch screen in the screen unlocking step. A control method for a portable terminal, characterized by
  6.   The control program for functioning a computer as each means of the portable terminal of any one of Claim 1 to 4.
  7.   A computer-readable recording medium on which the control program according to claim 6 is recorded.
  8. A mobile terminal with a touch screen having a touch screen,
    The mobile terminal switches the touch screen between the unlocked state and the locked state,
    Multiple applications stored on the touchscreen,
    A screen unlocking mechanism for unlocking the touch screen, and
    By using the screen unlock mechanism, the selected storage application is started from the plurality of applications.
    The user is prompted to enter a password or passcode by operating the predetermined icon, the touchscreen is unlocked by an appropriate input of the password or passcode, and an application corresponding to the predetermined icon is activated,
    By performing a predetermined operation on the contact icon selected for the communication icon, both unlocking the screen and launching the application corresponding to the selected communication icon are performed, depending on the selected contact icon. A portable terminal with a touch screen, characterized in that preparations are made for contacting the contact information of the user represented.
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