The assignee for this patent, patent number 8620272, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This disclosure relates to downloading applications to a mobile device.
"Modern mobile devices can provide a number of services, including telephony services, short messaging service (SMS), media-player services, image/video services and e-mail communication. The services are provided by both the software and the hardware of such devices. The services on a mobile device can be expanded by downloading software to the mobile device and by connecting hardware components to the mobile device. Conventionally, downloading software onto a mobile device is not tailored according to the hardware components of the mobile device."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In some implementations, a server receives an application update request from a mobile device. The request can include a specification of the mobile device and a license. The server can identify an available hardware component of the mobile device based on the specification. The server can identify an access privilege of the hardware component based on the license. The server can further identify an application that utilizes the available hardware component of the mobile device and is accessible under the identified access privilege. The server can recommend the application in response to the application update request.
"Particular embodiments of the subject matter described in this specification can be implemented to realize one or more of the following advantages. One advantage of the techniques described in this specification is the ability to recommend more relevant application programs to a user. Another advantage of the techniques is that a mobile device user can avoid downloading applications that are not compatible with the user's mobile device. Another advantage of the techniques is that downloading application programs requires less bandwidth, because incompatible applications are not downloaded. Another advantage of the techniques is that a software developer for mobile applications can avoid writing different application programs for each model of mobile devices. Instead, a developer can write applications according to an API, and link in libraries that are compatible with various components. Another advantage of the techniques is the ease of maintenance of the applications, because once new hardware components (e.g., accessories) become available, only the application libraries, not the applications themselves, need to be updated.
"The details of one or more embodiments of the invention are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features, aspects, and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the description, the drawings, and the claims."
For more information, see this patent: Ganatra, Nitin; Herz, Scott. Capability Model for Mobile Devices. U.S. Patent Number 8620272, filed
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