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A method to intelligently locate unfamiliar contacts in the contact list Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248700D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-28
Document File: 7 page(s) / 187K

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This invention discloses a method to locate or identify an unfamiliar contact in the contact list. Contacts are included in two views: list view and tree view. In the list view, you can customize the way the list is sorted according to various features, such as contact frequency, adding time, adding location, adding method, etc.By clicking or tapping on one of the tags, you are directed to the tree view with the tag as the root. Everyone with the same tag is displayed, each person as a node of the tree. This method helps you narrow down the searching scope and finally locate or identify the contact.

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A method to intelligently locate unfamiliar contacts in the contact list

There are situations where you feel painful to locate a contact , especially when you attempt to recall the name of a non-frequent contact.

Scenario: You saved a person as contact without any remarks. Then a few months later, you need to contact this person for some reason, but you don’t remember the name and cannot find this person anymore . All you can do is going through the contact list, hoping that your memory can flash when you see the name.

Because of the reasons stated above, a method to intelligently locate and identify a contact is badly in need. This invention discloses a method to locate an unfamiliar contact in the contact list based on the facts that :

•We don’t remember such contacts by name, but only related scenarios •The existing contact lists do not support intelligent search with customized criteria

In the inventions, the following core ideas are claims: •Contacts are automatically tagged with the features such as when, where, and how the contact was added. •A list view or tree view is generated to present the search result •You can sort the contact list based on customized criteria •The list or tree becomes smaller as you enter more criteria until you find the contact

How this invention works:

Phase 1 – Automatic attributes generation


In this invention, a contact is automatically described with attributes that includes but not limited to the following items : •Possible relation with you. For example: relative, schoolmates, colleague, etc. This can be done through detecting your common relationships. •Location where you added this person. This can be detected by GPS. •Time when you added this person. •The last contact time. •Your contact frequency. •Keywords of your topics last time. •Channel that you added this person. For example, through the name card that a friend sent to you, through a group chat, through face-to-face scan, etc.

Phase 2 - Present the contact view in "List view" or "Tree view"

List view: The list view presents the most frequently used attributes as tags.


In the list view:

•You can sort the list according to one or more attributes, such as contact frequency, last contact time, adding time, adding location, adding method, etc. For example, I want to find a cus...