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Intelligent Storage Provisioning for Mobile Devices Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243764D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

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In scenarios when user is running (critically)low on storage, a solution is proposed where the new storage data such as an image or a video will be transferred instantly to the neighboring mobile device with sufficient storage or directly to the user's hard disk attached to his desktop system using Bluetooth or WiFi accordingly. The new data is not saved locally and it is directly transferred from the cache or internal memory of the phone to the destination storage. The solution is an operating system level feature which can be set by the user.

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Intelligent Storage Provisioning for Mobile Devices

Now a days, with increase in multimedia data like images, videos the phone storage gets occupied quickly. Even though people enhance their storage using extended mechanisms like storage card, they too come with maximum storage capacities based on the hardware of the phone. For example, Samsung Galaxy S3 can support maximum 64GB of external storage. Mobiles running Apple iOS has no such feature of enhancing the memory with external memory cards. It is practically infeasible for the user to know how much memory would be needed to meet the storage requirements in future when he is procuring a mobile phone. The data cleanup is a rare activity which causes users to realize that they are running low on the storage only when they add additional data.

In such scenarios, either users has to clean up the old data instantly or insert additional external storage card to supplement the phone with the needed storage. These solutions lack mechanism to tackle the problem effectively where you can seamlessly continue clicking pics or shooting a video even under low storage conditions. The camera wont let you click picture or shoot a video if the phone does not have sufficient storage. Cloud is one possible option but it is invalid in this scenario because presence of storage on your phone is mandatory before the picture is being transferred from the device to the cloud.

There is proposed a solution where user need not worry about what to do with existing data or think about adding new hardware (memory card) when phone is running under critical storage conditions while using camera.

Current Scenario
1. Use camera to capture a video and realize there is no storage space on your mobile device
2. Now migrate some of the files from mobile to your local hard disk or cloud or any other medium
3. Now capture the video again, if you soon run out of storage space go to step 1

Proposed Scenario
1. Under critical storage conditions, use camera to capture a video.

2. The captured video/image will be directly saved on to the desired storage which is set statically or dynamically ( provided as a mobile operating system feature) when you encounter a low-storage situation.

Below is the detailed solution...

Currently, If the captured image or video size is greater than the free space on the phone's memory, the mobile would not allow you to save it or capture it. In such cases, the proposed solution which can be running as an app on a phone or a plugin to the camera module in the operating system would let suggest the possible options to save the data. The options are :

1. User can use a neighboring mobile's phone memory card to save the data. The neighboring phone should be able to connect to the user's phone via Bluetooth.

2. User can directly save the data on to his hard disk attached to his desktop computer. Mobile data connection or wifi is needed for this.