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Mobile Device Resource Checker

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129032D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Sep-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a mobile application utilized for ensuring that a mobile device has the appropriate system resources to support a given application or suite of applications.The Mobile Device Resource Checker allows end-users and device manufacturers the ability to pre-screen the device before installing an application. The Mobile Device Resource Checker also allows application developers to provide a fool-proof way of ensuring that their application will run on a device if it has passed the series of tests performed by the Resource Checker.

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Mobile Device Resource Checker

Mobile Computing Devices or Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) such as Palm, Windows Mobile, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson devices come in a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations (memory, CPU speed, file storage, camera, phone, etc). Because of this variety, assuring that an application will run on an arbitrary device is extremely difficult, if not impossible without actually acquiring the device and installing the software on the device. However, the cost of acquiring every possible combination of devices/configurations is not very cost effective.

Some application developers have issued a minimum system requirements document with their product. Yet, many end users are either not able to validate these requirements or ignore them altogether, resulting often times in the application performing poorly or not working at all. So this is not a viable solution.

The Mobile Device Resource Checker is a stand-alone piece of software capable of being run on a mobile device. The software runs a series of configurable tests on the device. Some examples of such tests would be:
* Does the device have 10Mb of free space available?
* Does the device have MIDP 2.0 Java?
* Can the device take pictures?
* Does the device have a microphone?
* Does the device have more than 5 applications already running?

The Resource Checker works by first reading in a set of application requirements such as those listed above (10 Mb memory, camera, etc.) The Resource Checker then presents the end-user wi...