FACEBOOK, INC. (Menlo Park, CA)

These techniques are used to indicate the transition from a peer to peer two-party media exchange to a multi-way media conversation. A device may include an application for communication that is operative on caller and callee client devices. The communication client may comprise an interface component for users to allow users of the device to participate in one-to-one and multiway calls; a network component operative to handle network communications between messaging servers and other devices for clients and a peer-to-peer media calling component that performs peer-to peer one-on-one media calls among client devices; a multiway media call component that is operative to join a multiway call at a multiway media relay system and a media call management component operative to initiate the peer-to-peer media call, to detect a multiway call escalation and transition the peer-to-peer media call into a multiway session. Other embodiments can be disclosed and claimed.

Mobile devices, such as smartphones, might engage in voice or video calls with other users of smartphones. These calls may be one-to-1, but in some cases more than one person can be involved in the same video or voice call. To ensure quality it is preferential to make use of a peer-to-peer (P2P) type of calling when one-to-1 calls are being made. It is possible to make the call multi-directional, with several third parties when using P2P.

This summary offers a brief overview of the novel designs discussed in this document. This summary is not an extensive outline, and is not designed to pinpoint key/critical elements or to delineate the scope of the invention. As a preliminary step, some concepts will be described in a simplified form.

Many embodiments can be used to increase a P2P call into a multiway. Some embodiments are geared towards methods of negotiating a conference name for a multiway call , and to signal the escalation of a P2P call to a multiway call. In one particular embodiment the apparatus may comprise the communication client that runs with caller and callee devices. The communication client can be a separate application which is downloaded on a mobile phone , or may include components integrated into an application for videoconferencing or a phone.

The communication client may comprise an interface component for users to allow users to participate in multiway or one-to one calls; a network component operative to handle network communications between messaging servers and other devices and an P2P media call component that is operative to conduct P2P two-party media calls among client devices; a multiway media call component that is operative to make an unidirectional call using a multi-way media relay system and a media management component that is operative to initiate the P2P two-party media calls, to detect a multiway media call escalation event and to transition the P2P two-party call to an ongoing multiway call. Other embodiments are possible to be described and claimed.

To the accomplishment of the above and other related goals, certain illustrative aspects are discussed in this document along with the following description and the drawings that are annexed. These features are indicative of the many ways the principles discussed herein can be applied and all aspects and equivalents of them are intended to fall within the scope of the claimed subject matter. Other advantages and novel aspects will be apparent from the detailed description whenconsidered alongside the illustrations.

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