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Seamless Over-the-Air (OTA) Joint File-System Manager for Mobile Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131901D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

Active management of files and/or data on a mobile device may be constrained by limited flash memory. The proposed solution is to have a file system that actively understands the concept of a wireless connection, and will automatically transfer data in the background to a specified remote location, while maintaining a pointer to the file on the device. When a user goes to access that data, it is automatically retrieved from the remote location without any additional user interaction. Behaviour of the file system can be controlled through a user interface or through a software algorithmn. A possible usage scenario: Pictures on a camera phone. It's irritating to manage the pictures on the device, especially since file size is increasing. If you could have pointers to all your pictures to show your friends while not having to worry about free space available to take new ones, it would increase adoption of the usage of that service. This solution provides four benefits: 1. Allows for the wireless device to leverage less expensive file storage solutions 2. Allows the extension of a mobile device file system and remote file system (PC/Server) to be seamlessly connected in real-time. 3. Removes need for user interaction from having to manage the data/files from their mobile device. 4. Fits well with mobile device connectivity concepts

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REMOTE FILE-SYSTEM MANAGER

Seamless Over-the-Air (OTA) Joint File-System Manager for

Mobile

Devices

Disclosed Anonymously

Active management of files and/or data on a mobile device may be constrained by limited flash memory.

The proposed solution is to have a file system that actively understands the concept of a wireless connection, and will automatically transfer data in the background to a specified remote location, while maintaining a pointer to the file on the device.  When a user goes to access that data, it is automatically retrieved from the remote location without any additional user interaction.  Behaviour of the file system can be controlled through a user interface or through a software algorithmn. 

A possible usage scenario:  Pictures on a camera phone.  It's irritating to manage the pictures on the device, especially since file size is increasing.  If you could have pointers to all your pictures to show your friends while not having to worry about free space available to take new ones, it would increase adoption of the usage of that service.

This solution provides four benefits:

1.  Allows for the wireless device to leverage less expensive file storage solutions

2.  Allows the extension of a mobile device file system and remote file system (PC/Server) to be seamlessly connected in real-time.

3.  Removes need for user interaction from having to manage the data/files from their mobile device.

4.  Fits well with mobile device connectivity concepts