Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)

Methods and systems for automatically changing the initial state of an application in response to the orientation of the device could include opening an application that is running on mobile devices. The application must be capable of opening using at most two open behaviors. In response to the request the method may include (1) making use of one of several sensors on the mobile phone to detect the device’s orientation at the time of reception and (2) opening an application by: (i) employing a first open behavior based partially on the detection of the device’s initial orientation, or (ii) employing another open behavior that is based, at a minimum, on the detect of the second orientation. Other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are described.

A variety of mobile apps can be utilized to carry out two or more functionalities. For example social networking applications could allow users to browse through a feed of news stories that includes photos and/or posts from other users. They could also permit the user totake a photo on their mobile phone for sharing the image with others (e.g., by posting the image and/or sending the photo via message).

The various functionalities of the application may present different interfaces. The browsing function of the social media application may show an interface with scrollable content. But, the photography functionality of the application may display a window that displays an image that can be captured using a mobile device’s camera.

Multi-functional mobile apps have had one default state which shows the identical window. As such, if the user is opening the application intending to use a different functionality than the functionalitycorresponding to the default start state, the user will be required to interact with the application in some way to change the window being presented by the application. For example, if a social network application is configured to be always open by showing a newsfeed and the user s opening the application in order to take a picture, the user would need to alter the way the application is displayed by the application to make use of the photography feature. This may, at a minimum,inconvenience the user, and if the moment the user would like to photograph is time-sensitive, cause the user to miss the moment he or she would like to photograph. The disclosed methods and systems demonstrate the need for better methods and systems for determining the application’s initial state.

As will be described in greater detail later The present disclosure provides various methods and systems to automatically alter the start-up state in accordance with the orientation of the device. One method to change the application’s start state is when it receives a request to open an app that has been installed on mobile devices. It is possible to configure it to permit at least two open behavior. When the application is opened in response, the method may include (1) using at least one sensor on the phone to determine the orientation of the device’s physical at the time of the request and (2) opening an application through: (i) using a first open behavior which is at a minimum based on finding the initial orientation of the mobile device or (ii), opening the application using another open behaviour which is based on detecting the second orientation of a mobile device.

In certain cases the first open action might be to display a scrollable newsfeed through an element of display in the mobile device. In these scenarios, the first orientation may be a largely horizontal orientation.

One embodiment of the second open behavior could include (1) accessing the camera on the mobile device so that the application is able to capture an image using that camera and (2) showing the image via a display element on the mobile device. The second orientation in this example could be a substantially vertical one. In certain instances the method could further include using a front-facing camera of the mobile device based at least in part ondetermining that an angle of the mobile device in the vertical orientation is within a first range. In addition, the method may also involve accessing the back camera on a mobile device based at minimum in part on determining that the angle of the device in the nearly horizontal orientation is within a particular range.

In one example the application could represent a photo-sharing app that is operated by a social-networking platform. In some instances the one or more sensors may comprise a gyroscope, and/or an accelerometer.

In some examples the method could also include, prior to receiving the request the method may include the identification of (1) multiple first-behavior instances where a user accessed the application on the mobile device and, after opening the app by hand, selected the application to be opened by using the first open behavior and (2) multiple second-behavior instances where the user opened the application on the mobile device and, upon opening the application and selecting the application to be opened by using the second open behavior. In these examples, the method may further include, prior to receiving the request, using machine learning to detect one or more features associated with the multiple first-behavior instances and/or the multiple second-behaviorinstances (e.g., a time of day, a day of the week, a time of year, a location, a user demographic, a usage pattern, etc.). In one particular embodiment, the method may further include, following receipt of the request, (1) finding, at the time of the request, at a minimum one or more features and (2) determining whether to launch the application by using the first open behavior or the second open behavior based on the features that were detected at the time of the request.

The method may also be used to determine whether (1) the initial open behavior was followed by a manual modification to the application. (2) The second open behavior was followed by an app opening using the second behavior. These examples demonstrate that the method can also be utilized to modify the policy to decide whether to allow an application to run on the device using the first or second open behavior.

An automated system that changes the behavior of applications that are open may comprise several modules. For instance, (1) a receivingmodule, which is stored in the memory memory of a cell phone, is set up to accept requests for applications to be opened. (2) An open module, stored in memory of the mobile phone, is configured to (i) use one of the sensors in the device to identify the orientation of the device when it receives of the request. (ii) to open the app by (A) by using a different orientation, or (B) or (B) dependent at most on the device’s.

The above-described process may also be encoded onto a nontransitory computer-readable media as computer-readable instructions. For example, a non-transitory computer-readable medium may include one or more computer-executableinstructions that, when executed by at least one processor of a computing device, may cause the computing device to receive a request to open an application that is installed on the mobile device and is capable of opening using at least two differentopen behaviors and, in response to receiving the request, (1) use one or more sensors of the mobile device to detect a physical orientation of the mobile device at the time the request received and (2) open the application by (i) opening the applicationusing a first open behavior based at least in part on detecting a first orientation of the mobile device or (ii) opening the application using a second open behavior based at least in part on detecting a second orientation of the mobile device.

The features of any of the embodiments mentioned above may be used in combination with one another according to the general principles described herein. These, as well as other examples, advantages and embodiments, will be better appreciated if you review the complete description in conjunction with the claims as well as the accompanying illustrations.

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