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System for context sensitive smart phone application grouping

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000208412D
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 58K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for mobile devices which analyzes usage patterns, learns from them, and displays a grouping of applications that is most appropriate for the user's current context.

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System for context sensitive smart phone application grouping

Currently mobile devices have static home screens that allow you to arrange your applications. However, the application arrangement does not take into account the user's usage patterns and current context. What is needed is a system that dynamically changes the application groupings on the device based on contextual criteria in combination with usage patterns.

The disclosed invention is a system which analyzes usage patterns, learns from them, and displays a grouping of applications that is most appropriate for the user's current context. Context criteria are determined based on typical usage patterns combined with factors such as time, date, speed, or location. The results of the analysis are rendered as contextual application groupings that are more appropriate for the time of day, date, speed, or the user's location.

While the grouping of applications on mobile devices is not novel and can be achieved manually, the novelty of this invention is that it combines contextual information such as location awareness, time of day, date, or speed with usage patterns on the phone and creates alternate home screens for the device based on these usage scenarios, automatically presenting the context-derived display without intervention from the user.

The process for the invention follows:
1. The user launches the same applications at approximately the same time of day, the same days each week, or the same location.

2. Over time, the context sensitive application grouping system learns what applications are launched and at what time of day, day of week, travel speed, or location. The context sensitive application grouping system can be enabled or disabled by the user.

3. Once the application grouping system has enough information, it dynamically assembles application groupings that can be displayed as an alternative to the static home screen.

4. The next time the device is used, it checks to see if a context sensitive application grouping is available and appropriate for the time, day, speed, or location.

5. If an application grouping is available and appropriate it is displayed. The context sensitive application grouping can be displayed as an alternative to the static home screen or as a screen that displays on long tap or double tap.

6. The user has the option to use the context sensitive screen or dismiss it and return to the original home screen (Figure 1).

Scenario 1: Daily workout (Figure 2)
1. Mary typically launches the same four applications each day between 5:00 and 7:00 PM: a weather application, an exercise application, a music application, and a navigation application.

2. The context sensitive application grouping system tracks this information and creates an application grouping that will display these four applications any time

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the device is used between 5:00 and 7:00PM.
3. At 5:15PM Mary wakes up the device. Using the time and usage pattern informati...