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Indication of Synchronization Results on Mobile Device Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032963D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 80K

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The IBM WebSphere Everyplace Client provides users the ability to access and synchronize their personal information management (PIM) applications and data from an aggregated view via mobile devices, such as smartphones and PDAs. Once a sync is complete and device data has been sent to and received from the server, users find it beneficial to view a display of a high level summary of the results of the sync on the device. Some types of synchronization software use pop ups to inform users that new data has arrived, and others provide a total count of new data for applications like mail. These types of indication are necessary from an end-user's standpoint to ensure that they are aware of any new application updates sent to the device. However, there are no known functions that provide users with a universal method of indication for sync results across all applications that have been synchronized. Disclosed herein is a technique that is implemented within the IBM WebSphere Everyplace Client user interface to provide a common set of status indication based on the results of application synchronization on mobile devices. This disclosure describes the use of small but informative graphic indicators to provide an "at a glance" means of determining individual application results and data status following a synchronization event. Dynamically displaying one of three condition-dependent icons provides users with the status of information given their known interactions with individual applications. This technique allows users to quickly assess and manage their personal information, and is particularly appropriate and useful for small screen displays found on mobile devices.

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Indication of Synchronization Results on Mobile Device

Throughout the day, users will use mobile client software to accomplish a variety of tasks. Many of these tasks involve the use of PIM applications, which include email, viewing calendar, tracking to do's, maintaining an address book, and keeping memos. Users may also use custom applications, such as sales orders or service requests. If supported by the mobile client software, user data within these specialized applications may be sent to and from the server during a sync. The disclosed invention provides a user interface technique that alerts users when they have new data after a successful sync. It also reminds users that application data they have added to their device that is in queue or waiting to be sent to the server during the next sync. The final piece of the technique alerts users when there has been an error during the sync. The following figures demonstrate specifications that are the preferred embodiment of the display of each type of status information.

Status Indicators across clients would consistently appear in close proximity to their corresponding application. This "New Items" indicator should appear when new items have been synchronized onto the device (that is, sent from the server). In Figure 1 below, the New Items indicator informs the user that, upon a successful sync, new data has been received and is available on the Address Book and Memo Pad applications.

Figure 1. New Items

The indicator appears for each PIM in the following instances: Email: New mail
Calendar: New Calendar entries, reschedules, cancellations, deletions, modifications To Do List: New task
Address Book: New contacts
Notes: New memos/notes

In the instance that multiple scheduled syncs occur without user response or operation, the New Items indicator remains and the status displays the total number of new items received from the server since the last time the application was launched.

Once the user opens the application with a corresponding New Items indicator, which is performed from the main panel where the applications are aggregated and displayed, the indicator is no longer displayed when the user returns to that main panel. Starting an application is the only way to stop the display of a New Items indicator - all of these indicators are persistently displayed regardless of any other user interaction with the application that aggregates the PIMs and other applications.

Note that the New Items indicator is not limited to PIM applications, but to any application in which new data may be received from a server.

The "Queued" indicator is displayed once the user has created items...