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Method and System for Setting Visual Indicators on a Phone for Missed Calls

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200687D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-25
Document File: 4 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

A method and system for setting visual indicators on a phone for missed calls is disclosed. The visual indicators may be set for a missed call based on semantic analysis of voicemail message history stored in the phone or by a calling party that initiated the call.

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Method and System for Setting Visual Indicators on a Phone for Missed Calls

Disclosed is a method and system for setting visual indicators on a phone for missed calls. The visual indicators may be set for a missed call based on semantic analysis of voicemail message history stored in the phone or by a calling party that initiated the call. The visual indicators allow a user who received the missed calls to develop an instant understanding about context of each of the missed calls. Based on the visual indicator, the user is able to decide which call should be first returned or which voicemail should be listened to first. This facilitates in saving time, and allows the user to quickly identify urgent calls to confirm if the user needs to call someone back immediately.

For instance, a user may switch the phone to vibration mode while attending a meeting in order to avoid getting disturbed or interrupting the other attendees. Consider that while the phone was in vibration mode, the user missed three calls. Further, each caller (caller 1, caller 2, and caller 3) leaves a voicemail on the user's phone. Now, using semantic analysis, the voicemails are scanned to look for keywords that might indicate the situation or the context of each call and the reason for which caller made the call. Once the meeting is over, the user views the missed call list. In addition to the details about the caller, a visual indicator is displayed next to each caller.

For example, if caller 1 voicemail includes keywords like "hey just calling to check in, call me back when you can", then a visual indicator is displayed based on the semantic analysis of the keywords. In a scenario, the visual indicator may correspond to an icon having the word "Hi". In the same manner, if a voicemail from caller 2 includes keywords like "call me back immediately", an icon showing an urgent message may be displayed. If the voicemail from caller 3 includes voicemail keywords like "this is just a courtesy call reminding you about your doctor's appointment tomorrow", an icon showing "do not call back" may be displayed. Thus, based on the semantic analysis of the keywords in the voicemail message history, an appropriate visual indicator may be displayed. An example of the visual indicators is shown in fig. 1.

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In another example, the visual indicator may be set by the calling party. Thus, a user may set up their phone to allow for semantic analysis as well as allowing the calling party to specify their situation. For example, consider that a user is driving and switches the phone to the vibration mode so as to not get interrupted while driving. While the phone is in vibration mode, assume that the user missed three calls. The calling party then realizes that the user is not answering the call and may indicate their purpose for the call in such scenarios. For example, caller 1 may indicate that the phone...