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Method and system for use metadata of mobile Apps to know information about any location

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000231907D
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and system that identify location-based usage patterns of different mobile applications and then provide further information to a user at that location. Based on the usage patterns and the system’s ability to associate some property about the location based on those patterns, the system can deliver not only information, but also advertisements for products that can be of help to the user.

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Method and system for use metadata of mobile Apps to know information about any location

Different mobile applications (apps) satisfy different user needs; at the same time, one mobile app might serve more than one need. A user can benefit from a system that

automatically provides additional information about a current or anticipated location

based on the apps people frequently use in that location.

The novel system gathers statistics generated by the use of a location-based mobile app, aggregates the data, and then derives further information related to a place. Based on when and where an application is used, the system can derive information about a location. For example:


• In Location A at a specific time of day, most users use the flashlight application, then the system deduces that the location is dark at that time of day


• In Location B, even in day time, most users use the Compass application, so the system deduces that Location B could be cloudy, preventing a traveler from navigating by looking at the sun

When a new user visits the location, the system can provide this information and more.

The focus of the novel contribution is based on the usage patterns of mobile applications and the ability to associate some property about the location based on those patterns. A secondary idea is to use the identified property to deliver not only

information, but also advertisements for products that can be of help to the user at that location.

As per the above examples, Traveler A is planning to travel to Location A. Because this is a place that has extended hours of darkness or is somehow blocked from the light (e.g., a cave), the user might be...