US 7016648 Method, system and computer readable medium for downloading a software component to a device in a short distance wireless network

ABSTRACT – A method, system, and computer readable medium allows downloading of a software component to a short distance wireless network in response to device information and/or user information. In an embodiment of the present invention, the device information includes type of device, manufacturer of device, where purchased, when activated in the short distance wireless network. In an embodiment of the present invention, user information includes a user preference, price plan, usage, promotional plan and/or replacement plan. In an embodiment of the present invention, device information is included in a short-range radio signal generated from the device to a cellular device. In an embodiment of the present invention, software components are downloaded from a processing device in a Wide Area Network (WAN) coupled to the short distance wireless network.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates generally to a network.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A wireless communication device, such as a cellular telephone, is typically a node of a WAN or communication network. The cellular telephone may also be a part of a short distance wireless network for communicating with other user devices, such as a laptop, printer, Personal Digital Assistant (“PDA”) and/or headset. For example, Bluetooth™ technology (www.Bluetooth.com) provides wireless communications between devices in a short distance wireless network.

When a user purchases a device for a short distance wireless network, software may need to be added to the device and/or short distance wireless network in order to operate properly in the user’s short distance wireless network and function as intended. A user of the device may desire to load software into the device to enhance functionality, but may not have the technical ability. Further, a user, retailer, distributor or manufacturer may not have the proper software or version of the software to operate with the user’s short distance wireless network. Similarly, a new version of software may have been recently released; yet, the purchased device comes with a compact disk storing the older version of the software and the user prefers or requires the new version. Also, a retailer, distributor or manufacturer may not be aware of the preferences of the user’s short distance wireless network.

In addition, a telecommunication operator is interested in providing added value and functionality to a user of a telecommunication network, while increasing revenue.

Therefore, it is desirable to provide a method, a system, and a computer readable medium that easily and conveniently provides a software component to a device in a short distance wireless network with little or no user, retailer, distributor or manufacturer intervention. Likewise, it is desirable to provide added functionality and value to a wireless device, while increasing telecommunication operator revenue.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A method, system, and computer readable medium provides a software component to a device in a short distance wireless network responsive to device information according to embodiments of the present invention.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method comprises the steps of obtaining device information from a device in a short distance wireless network and downloading a software component to the device in response to the device information.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the obtaining step further comprises the steps of generating a short range radio signal, containing the device information, from the device, to a cellular device and, generating a cellular signal, containing the device information, from the cellular device to a processing device in a wide area network.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the software component is downloaded in response to a user preference

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the software component is downloaded in response to a date.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the software component is downloaded in response to where the device was purchased.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the software component is downloaded in response to a user price plan.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the software component is downloaded in response to a user usage.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the software component is downloaded in response to a manufacturer of the device.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the device is a Bluetooth™ device communicating with a cellular device.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the device is a messaging terminal.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the software component is an instant messaging terminal software component.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the device includes a short-range radio processor and a 2.4 GHZ or 5.7 GHZ transceiver.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the device is selected from a group consisting of a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a personal digital assistant, a headset, a pager, a printer, a watch, a thin terminal, a digital camera and an equivalent.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the short distance wireless network is a Bluetooth™ network.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method comprises the steps of generating a short-range radio signal, containing device information, from a device, to a cellular device. A cellular signal is generated, containing the device information, from the cellular device to a processing device in a wide area network. A software component is downloaded to the device in response to the device information and user information.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, a system comprises a device to generate a short-range radio signal containing device information. A cellular device generates a cellular signal, containing the device information, responsive to the short-range radio signal. A processing device, having a database containing a plurality of software components, provides a first software component in the plurality of software components in response to the device information.

According to an embodiment of the present invention, the database includes a user preference and the first software component is downloaded in response to the device information and the user preference.

An article of manufacture, including a computer readable medium, comprises a short-range radio software component to receive a short-range radio signal, containing device type information, from a device in a short distance wireless network. A cellular software component generates a cellular signal, containing the device type information, in a cellular network and receives a software component for the device.

Other aspects and advantages of the present invention can be seen upon review of the figures, the detailed description, and the claims that follow.

 

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