Samsung UI Patent Exposed – Looks To Improve Folders on Android, Adds 3D Effects For Good Measure


Samsung’s TouchWiz UI could get a bit more interesting if this newly exposed patent application is a tale of things to come. The boys at Patent Bolt discovered the UI patent filed by Sammy late last year, and it deals specifically with the way the user interacts with folders on Android. You can see in the provided images, the user can interact with the folders — which look like a stack of cards — in a few different ways. The stack can be opened and displayed in a traditional Android fashion, only with fancy card animations. Or, a folder stack can be pulled like an accordion to display its contents. Not shown in these images was a vertical scrolling folder, similar to the accordion effect but a lot less fancy.

Nothing too ground breaking, but the patents show that Samsung has bigger and better plans for TouchWiz, adding even more 3D effects and flashiness. It’s possible we could see these card stacks in future version of TouchWiz, perhaps whenever Samsung gets around to updating their devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. What do you guys think about the card stacks? Cool or uncool?

Chris Chavez
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  1. very cool. Samsung is really differentiating themselves from other Android manufacturers.

  2. I like it but I personally think this is reserved for the Tizen phone or Note 2, I have to say I like the current touchwiz UX, I’m probably the only one that does!

    1. Nah you’re not alone. I prefer the ICS folders to what I have on my Note LTE but overall I still really like it.

  3. They had a UI with animations like that for Windows, I think Google bought them out.

  4. Has Samsung incorporated this into Tizen yet?

  5. Bumptop used to have animations similar to this… Google bought the company and also incorporated the cards and scrolling through them into the gallery…

  6. I think it’s crazy that every “idea” is now patentable. All it does is hold us back because every manufacturer has to spend so much time worrying about not infringing on one of a million patents out there.

  7. Looks cool

  8. Nothing on the patent illustrations says that it’s for Android.

    1. True.. its probably for their upcoming TV lineup.

      ……it’s obviously touchwiz dummy

      1. You’re oh so clever.
        Do some research about Samsung mobile O.S., and when you know a little more, come back here and tell me how you feel about your brilliant post above.

        1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bada / Default user interface
          TouchWiz, Graphical (Touchscreen)

          1. So, tell me, is this Android?
            It might be too difficult for you, let me help you:
            No, it’s not. It’s Bada, a different O.S., and if you had searched a little more you would have found informations about a possible merging of Bada into Tizen, a free and open source mobile O.S. by Samsung and Intel that could compete with Android.

            This is already implemented in Bada ( http://bit.ly/L3EMIW ) and not on their Android flagship, so when I write “Nothing on the patent illustrations says that it’s for Android”, think just a little bit before calling me “dummy”.

  9. This is 3D Management Folder in bada 2.0 UI:http://bit.ly/L3EMIW

  10. Hopefully Samsung brings this to the sgs3 in the next software update or something. I really hate the way they did folders in the nature ux.

  11. these idea are stolen from a few launchers. tsf launcher and go launcher ex/iOS…. i wonder how are these idea actually patentable…

    1. typical Samsung. im not surprised. lol.

  12. ck update for those of you waiting for your Samsung Galaxy

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