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Method and System for Providing a Mechanism to Manage Intermediate Application Installation States on Behalf of a User

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240220D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

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Kent Lyons: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for providing a mechanism to manage intermediate application installation states on behalf of a user. The method and system auto-removes an application after occurrence of certain contextual triggers such as, but not limited to time, place, task completion. The method and system allows the user to manage virtually installed apps that appear installed to the user but can be removed on demand along with unused apps in context of limited smartphone storage space.

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Method and System for Providing a Mechanism to Manage Intermediate Application Installation States on Behalf of a User

Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for providing a mechanism to manage intermediate application installation states on behalf of a user.  The method and system auto-removes an application after occurrence of certain contextual triggers such as, but not limited to time, place, task completion.  The method and system allows the user to manage virtually installed apps that appear installed to the user but can be removed on demand along with unused apps in context of limited smartphone storage space.

Description

Typically, smartphone users install 100 applications on an average but use an average of just 18 applications on a day-to-day basis.  Smartphone usage data shows that the smartphone users actively manage applications that are installed and uninstalled along with placement of the applications once installed.  Some applications are only needed for a short time, some are only need for a specific task or at a specific location, some are nice to have but not critical, and some live in a limbo while the user decides if they want to keep the applications.

Disclosed is a method and system for providing a mechanism to manage intermediate application (app) installation states on behalf of a user.  The method and system treats apps installed similar to a cache and installs and uninstalls the apps based on contextual factors.

In an embodiment, the method and system auto-removes an app after occurrence of certain contextual triggers such as, but not limited to time, place, task completion.  For example, if a user installs a ticketing app to buy tickets to a game, the user is not likely to use the ticketing app otherwise.  Therefore, the ticketing is flagged to be deleted after a specific timefr...