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Depiction of Icons Representing Chat Buddies n a Wireless Context

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130449D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Current status indicia for icons in instant messaging or voice chat services only take into account presence information such as whether the remote party on the buddy list is connected to the service or not, and whether the other party is busy or away. These icons do not carry sufficiently useful information when an instant messaging service is implemented on a wireless communications device, as a wireless operating environment imposes constraints on the reliability of a continuous conversation that parties should be able to monitor while deciding to initiate or continue a chat session. The invention is for the depiction of user interface icons representing other nodes on a chat service (supporting wireless connections) with decorations specific to states applicable to a wireless context. Presence information specific to the wireless environment appears for each icon indicating the wireless connectivity status of a chat buddy on the buddy list before or during a voice or instant messaging call. This includes the following states: - Wireless connectivity (whether connected or not, or low signal strength), with poor connectivity denoted by a darker-coloured icon or a flashing antenna. - Battery power remaining (of the remote buddy, for an estimation of the length of time that a conversation can continue), denoted by a flashing battery symbol in the event of a low battery condition. - Quality (with respect to packets lost or significantly delayed due to poor coverage or interference), denoted by a flashing icon. - Device type (with respect to the remote party communicating on a land-based PC or mobile device), denoted by the icon being attached to a wire, or an antenna sticking out of it, warning of possible difficulties if communicating with a wireless device. - Speed of the network (remote parties may be on networks of varying speeds), with a low throughput network being denoted by a turtle symbol. This may mean that voice quality may suffer. If a conference call exists in which multiple chat buddies are communicating with each other, each icon will have its own status indicia overlayed on it as appropriate. The actual graphical depictions may vary, but the point is that conditions pertaining to the wireless environment are displayed to the user. The status information that is displayed must be transmitted in the chat protocol, and various devices may or may not support them, but this works well in a homogeneous device environment.

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STATUS INDICIA FOR WIRELESS CHAT

Depiction of Icons Representing Chat Buddies n a Wireless Context

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Current status indicia for icons in instant messaging or voice chat services only take into account presence information such as whether the remote party on the buddy list is connected to the service or not, and whether the other party is busy or away. These icons do not carry sufficiently useful information when an instant messaging service is implemented on a wireless communications device, as a wireless operating environment imposes constraints on the reliability of a continuous conversation that parties should be able to monitor while deciding to initiate or continue a chat session.

The invention is for the depiction of user interface icons representing other nodes on a chat service (supporting wireless connections) with decorations specific to states applicable to a wireless context. Presence information specific to the wireless environment appears for each icon indicating the wireless connectivity status of a chat buddy on the buddy list before or during a voice or instant messaging call. This includes the following states:

- Wireless connectivity (whether connected or not, or low signal strength), with poor connectivity denoted by a darker-coloured icon or a flashing antenna.

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Battery

power remaining (of the remote buddy, for an estimation of the length of time that a conversation can continue), denoted by a flashing battery symbol in the event of...