Smartphone maker HTC has applied a patent on a book-like user interface (UI) of an electronic device.

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The company’s patent application, published on October 29, 2009 as US Patent no. 2009/0271783, defines the basic of the book-like UI by explaining:

“The book-like UI proposed by the present invention unifies applications, widgets, and web pages into book pages, enabling the user to browser, use, and manage the functions and services in an intuitive and convenient way like browsing a conventional printed book.”

HTC are also patenting page flip animations, screen lock function (such as a zipper-like, a lock-like and/or a ribbon-like function), and the ability to download (add) or delete (remove) applications as pages.

HTC patent application was filed on April 15, 2009 and claims the priority benefit of U.S. provisional patent application 12/424,529, filed April 27, 2008.

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