This is an entirely brilliant innovation by Samsung. The Continuum has this separate little touch screen on the bottom which will act as a means of giving you notifications while keeping the main screen off. This would be very convenient to have when you are multi tasking or when you are are not using the phone since the entire screen does not need to come on. By having such a feature can be a pain since you will need to operate on both screens, but in all the good far outweighs the bad. I am pleased to say that it does not need separate action to activate the ticker panel. You would merely need to pick it up and it will turn on. This is definitely a revolutionary feature which will soon become more and more standardized on other phones.