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CHAT FUSION: SINGLE SCREEN CHAT APPLICATION DESIGN

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238671D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-10
Document File: 7 page(s) / 385K

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Andrew Henderson: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Techniques are provided remove the hierarchical display structure of a chat application. Instead all messages are mixed in together, and avatar and visual cues used to distinguish between individual conversations. This solution flattens the navigation structure of chat applications so that all chats are shown together in a single consolidated view. Chat applications separate out the conversations into separate views. The benefits of this solution is that no navigation is required to see all the latest messages since all messages are displayed together. This is especially useful when viewing messages on a mobile device.

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CHAT FUSION: SINGLE SCREEN CHAT APPLICATION DESIGN

AUTHORS:

Andrew Henderson Thomas Vanier

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    Techniques are provided remove the hierarchical display structure of a chat application. Instead all messages are mixed in together, and avatar and visual cues used to distinguish between individual conversations. This solution flattens the navigation structure of chat applications so that all chats are shown together in a single consolidated view. Chat applications separate out the conversations into separate views. The benefits of this solution is that no navigation is required to see all the latest messages since all messages are displayed together. This is especially useful when viewing messages on a mobile device.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Instant Messaging (IM)/chat applications use a threaded conversation model to organize conversations. This means that if the chat application is running on a device with a small display, the first screen will list the ongoing conversations and the user must then choose a specific conversation to view, which will then open up in a separate screen. If the user wants to read new messages in three conversations, the user must navigate to conversation 1, then navigate to conversation 2 and then to conversation 3, and so on. This may entail a series of tapping or other similar user interface commands, and does not present the content in an easily viewable manner.

    A solution is provided in which incoming and outgoing chat messages are presented/displayed in a single feed. The application displays a single screen for chat messages and the messages are listed chronologically as they arrive or are sent.

See example user interface (UI) images below. The user can scroll through the messages to see earlier messages. Messages that are sent are identified by having an avatar image

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