The patent's assignee is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Online portals through which users of electronic devices (e.g., mobile devices) can shop among a wide variety of downloadable software are well known and sometimes referred to as application store environments. Some currently popular application store environments include, for example, Apple's AppStore, Google Play, and the
"Many applications are now developed for or by mobile network operators (MO). Some applications have been offered for sale as part of a larger service offering, i.e. as a package or bundle of applications included with a subscription to a mobile service or the like. For example, a bundle of applications may include security products such as antivirus, browser security, encryption, anti-spyware, and firewall software. To enable these bundled services to be offered in a typical application store, protocols based on the use of license keys, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and the like have traditionally been employed to process payment requests and verify transaction validity. However, since application store policies have recently changed, the use of these protocols are no longer viable options for bundling services related to applications.
"What is needed in the art is a model for profiling application store purchases in which services are bundled with one or more downloaded applications."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with one exemplary aspect of these teachings, there is a method comprising: providing a software application comprising at least two purchase options; publishing the software application to an online application store; and based on whether or not a user is a subscriber, selecting an individual one of the purchase options for displaying to the user.
"In accordance with another exemplary aspect of these teachings, there is a computer readable memory that stores a set of executable instructions. In this aspect, the computer readable memory comprises code for providing a software application comprising at least two purchase options; code for publishing the software application to an online application store; and code for selecting an individual one of the purchase options for displaying to a user based on whether or not the user is a subscriber.
"In accordance with a still further exemplary aspect of these teachings, there is an apparatus having at least one memory storing a set of computer executable instructions and at least one processor. The apparatus is caused to provide a software application comprising at least two purchase options; publish the software application to an online application store; and select an individual one of the purchase options for displaying to a user based on whether or not the user is a subscriber.
"These and other aspects are detailed more particularly below.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a schematic overview of an application store in which several user devices are capable of shopping for an application, where the several user devices are subscribers to different operators.
"FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram of certain entities shown at FIG. 1 which are exemplary electronic entities/nodes/devices for practicing embodiments of the teachings herein.
"FIG. 3 a conceptual overview of a sequence of providing in-application purchase options from a user's perspective.
"FIG. 4 is a conceptual overview of one exemplary aspect of a profiling strategy involving a specific free application phase.
"FIG. 5 is a schematic flow diagram illustrating the creation of an application offering for profiling by an operator."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Saari,
Keywords for this news article include: Software,
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