Computer program products, apparatuses and methods for associating and displaying messages in mobile terminals
Estimated expiration: 2030-Apr-20
Potentially relevant companies (19): Amazon, AsusTek Computer Inc, Coolpad, Dell Inc., Gionee, Google Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Kyocera, Meizu, Oppo, Pantech Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, TCL Group, T-Mobile USA, Inc., Toshiba Corporation, Verizon, Vivo, Vodafone Group, ZTE Corporation
Products & technologies (1): Wireless:Messaging
Apparatuses for associating and displaying messages and contacts in a way that allows users to access either category of information is provided. One apparatus includes a processing element that associates the messages with corresponding contacts and also includes a memory element configured to store contacts and messages received or transmitted. The apparatus may also include a display such that the processing element may generate upon the display a visual representation of the contacts and messages. Messages are associated with corresponding contacts and are displayed according to the associations. For example, a message may be associated with a contact based on a common identifier of the contact and the message. Messages associated with a selected contact may be displayed, and contacts associated with messages that have been received or sent may also be displayed according to user inputs. Methods and computer program products are also provided.
1. An apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer program code, wherein the at least one memory and stored computer program code are configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to at least:
direct storage of a plurality of contacts and messages received or transmitted by the apparatus, wherein each contact comprises a data record including at least one identifier relating to a particular individual or entity, and wherein the contacts are storable independently from receipt or transmission of the messages; and
associate at least some of the messages received by the apparatus from a particular contact or transmitted by the apparatus to the particular contact with the particular previously stored contact, such that both the data record of a selected contact and the associated messages are accessible to a user through selection of one or more corresponding contacts,
wherein selection of the corresponding contact causes the apparatus to visually represent on a display a single interface that includes a first tab and a second tab, the first tab providing access to a list of the stored messages received by the apparatus from the selected contact or transmitted by the apparatus to the selected contact and the second tab providing access to the at least one identifier relating to the selected contact within the single interface wherein the at least one identifier is selected from the group consisting of a first name, a last name, a home phone number, a work phone number, a fax number, and an e-mail address.
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