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Mobile device with user indication of pending radio coverage loss

A mobile device includes wireless local area network (wlan) baseband hardware, a wide area network (wan) transceiver, location hardware, and a processor. The processor is operatively coupled to the wlan baseband hardware, the wan transceiver and the location hardware. ... Motorola Mobility

Rf-antenna architecture in mobile communication devices

Systems and methods for providing high-throughput and reliable operation in wifi and cellular environments stem in antenna volume-constrained devices employs a switched or multiplexed cellular band antenna to support wifi mimo for mobile handheld operation. The device housing may a single, unitary metallic piece having the device antennas formed as part of the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

Mobile communication device system and method for determining mode settings of vehicle passengers

A method includes detecting, by a first mobile communication device, a group of mobile communication devices that are in proximity to the first mobile communication device; initiating pairing of each mobile communication device of the group with the first mobile communication device and with each other; providing, by the first mobile communication device, an alphanumeric code to the group of mobile communication devices along with a drive mode disable command; determining that the first mobile communication device is associated with the vehicle driver; and placing the first mobile communication device in drive mode and broadcasting an advertising packet to the other mobile communication devices of the group. The advertising packet contains a disable drive mode command and the alphanumeric code.. ... Motorola Mobility

Digital camera apparatus with dynamically customized focus reticle and automatic focus reticle positioning

An apparatus includes digital camera equipment and a display that provides a viewfinder. A processor that is operatively coupled to the camera equipment, and to the display, controls the camera equipment and the display to provide a custom reticle that defines a region-of-interest having a shape corresponding to an object-of-interest as the object-of-interest appears in the viewfinder. ... Motorola Mobility

Mobile communication device with public transportation detection for determining hands free mode settings

A mobile communication device includes wireless local area network (wlan) baseband hardware with at least one wlan transceiver; non-volatile, non-transitory memory that stores a transportation model based on aggregated basic service set identification (bssid) information collected from a plurality of wlan access points; at least one sensor that is operative to detect motion of the mobile communication device; and at least one processor, operatively coupled to the wlan baseband hardware, the memory and to the at least one sensor. The at least one processor is operative to determine that the mobile communication device is located on public transportation using the transportation model in response to a motion detection signal received from the at least one sensor.. ... Motorola Mobility

Methods and apparatus for controlling multiple-input and multiple-output operation in a communication device based on a position sensor input

A method for disabling multiple-input and multiple-output operation in a communication device includes communicating data using multiple-input and multiple-output operation, wherein the data is communicated using multiple transceiver paths. Further, the method includes receiving position sensor input and disabling at least a portion of one or more transceiver paths, of the multiple transceiver paths, based on the position sensor input.. ... Motorola Mobility

Imposing a rotational force during a drop of an electronic device to reduce breakage

An apparatus detects a free-fall state of an electronic device, determines an orientation of the electronic device with reference to gravity when the free-fall state is detected, and predicts that the electronic device will strike a surface within a critical angle range. The prediction is based on the detection of the free-fall state and on the orientation of the electronic device. ... Motorola Mobility

Method and apparatus for setting a notification readout mode based on proximity detection

A method 400 and apparatus for setting a notification readout mode based on proximity detection includes an electronic computing device configured to determine 402 that a notification readout function is enabled on the electronic computing device. The electronic computing device is further configured to determine 404 a proximity status for the electronic computing device using at least one sensor of the electronic computing device and to set 410, based on the determined proximity status, a notification readout mode for the electronic computing device.. ... Motorola Mobility

Apparatus and method for power management to mitigate declining battery capacity

A method and apparatus reduce power consumption and mitigate declining battery life. In some embodiments, an initial full charge capacity, c(o), of a rechargeable battery is determined. ... Motorola Mobility

Geolocation antenna system

Systems and methods for improved global positioning system (“gps”) function employ two multiband, multiport antennas to receive gps signals. The antennas also serve wifi frequencies, and the system utilizes the received wifi signal strength to correct the gps reception pattern for detuning due to user contact or other factors. ... Motorola Mobility

Detecting presence, size, and direction of motion of an object using radio-frequency techniques

Various embodiments transmit a radio-frequency (“rf”) beam using two or more rf antennas of a mobile device, e.g. A mobile phone. ... Motorola Mobility

Portable electronic device proximity sensors with multi-directional functionality

An electronic device includes a housing, one or more processors, and one or more proximity sensor components, each having an infrared signal receiver to receive an infrared emission from an object external to the housing. The proximity sensor component is disposed by a first aperture and a second aperture, the first aperture having a first axis oriented in a first direction and the second aperture having a second axis oriented in a second direction. ... Motorola Mobility

Wearable device system with driver mode steering detection

A system and method of operation involves collecting acceleration and gyroscope data from a first sensor positioned in a wearable device on a user's wrist and a second sensor located in a mobile device. The mobile device determines a trajectory for the wearable device by filtering the first sensor data using the second sensor data, and determines a probability of the user holding an automobile steering wheel using the trajectory. ... Motorola Mobility

Antenna augmentation peripheral selection and management system and method

A mobile device accesses antenna equipment of at least a first antenna augmentation peripheral (aap) using a first set of radio channels for communication between the mobile device and the first aap and uses a second set of radio channels for communication with a wide area network (wan). The mobile device receives a first performance metric for at least one channel of the second set of radio channels from the first aap using the first set of radio channels. ... Motorola Mobility

12/22/16 / #20160371528

Concealed fingerprint sensor with wake-up and electrostatic discharg

In embodiments of a concealed fingerprint sensor with wake-up and electrostatic discharge, a mobile device includes the fingerprint sensor for user authentication to the mobile device, such as concealed under a non-conductive surface that also covers an integrated display of the mobile device. A conductive metal formed as micro-vias extend through the non-conductive surface, where the micro-vias discharge the electrostatic energy of a user of the mobile device when the user contacts the micro-vias, such as when placing a finger on the non-conductive surface over the fingerprint sensor. ... Motorola Mobility

12/22/16 / #20160371517

Person-centric activation of radio frequency identification (rfid) tag

In embodiments of person-centric rfid tag activation, an rfid tag is configured so as to be active or inactive based on proximity to a person. An rfid tag includes an integrated circuit (ic), an antenna coupled to the ic, and skin proximity activation circuitry. ... Motorola Mobility

12/22/16 / #20160371516

On-demand activation of radio frequency identification (rfid) tag

In embodiments of on-demand rfid tag activation, an rfid tag is configured so as to enable a person to activate the rfid tag if or when the person wishes. An rfid tag includes an integrated circuit (ic), an antenna coupled to the ic, activation circuitry, and a detachable disable tab. ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160366639

Method and apparatus for in-pocket detection by an electronic device

An electronic device includes one or more processors, a motion detector, a temperature sensor, and/or one or more proximity sensor components. The one or more processors can detect the electronic device is disposed within a pocket. ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160366259

Adaptive audio in modular portable electronic device

A modular device system includes a base device and additional functionality modules that are separately dockable to the base device to form a single device. The base device includes one or more speakers and one or more microphones. ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160365903

Dsda and mimo antenna system

A mobile communication device has a first antenna and a second antenna wherein a primary subscriber identification module (“sim”) is linked to the first antenna. The second antenna is shared between a secondary sim transceiver path and a multiple-input, multiple-output (“mimo”) transceiver path. ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160365680

Method and apparatus for initiating a change in state of an electronic device through a connector receptacle

An apparatus, such as can be included in an electronic device, performs a method for initiating a change in state of the electronic device through a connector receptacle. The apparatus includes a connector receptacle physically arranged to receive a mated connector of an external device to the electronic device. ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160365101

Enabling event driven voice interaction with a device

A method includes identifying an event generated by a software application executed by a processor in a device. The event is not associated with a user interaction with the device. ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160364680

Rfid logic tag

In embodiments of rfid logic tag, a radio-frequency identification (rfid) logic tag can interrogate multiple rfid tags, such as a first rfid tag that monitors the status of a first item, as well as a second rfid tag that monitors the status of a second item. The rfid logic tag receives status data as responses from the respective first and second rfid tags (and optionally, additional rfid tags). ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160364005

Gesture detection using mems wind turbines

A portable device includes micro-electro-mechanical systems (“mems”) wind turbines integrated in the portable device. A gesture detection module receives signals generated by the mems wind turbines based on movement of the portable device that causes a wind force to be applied to the mems wind turbines. ... Motorola Mobility

12/15/16 / #20160363982

Wake-up trigger using mems wind turbines

A portable device includes micro-electro-mechanical systems (“mems”) wind turbines integrated in the portable device. A gesture detection module receives signals generated by the mems wind turbines based on movement of the portable device that causes a wind force to be applied to the mems wind turbines. ... Motorola Mobility

12/01/16 / #20160350553

Portable electronic device proximity sensors and mode switching functionality

An electronic device includes a housing. One or more processors are operable with a plurality of proximity sensor components that can be disposed behind a grille defining a plurality of reception beams having a cumulative beam reception angle. ... Motorola Mobility

12/01/16 / #20160349792

Portable electronic device proximity sensors and mode switching functionality

An electronic device includes a housing. One or more processors are operable with a plurality of proximity sensor components that can be disposed behind a grille defining a plurality of reception beams with at least a first reception beam oriented at least partially in a first direction and at least a second reception beam oriented at least partially in a second direction. ... Motorola Mobility

11/24/16 / #20160345298

Method and apparatus for determining that an almost-contiguous resource allocation a-mpr applies to an uplink transmission

A method and apparatus determine that an almost-contiguous resource allocation additional maximum power reduction (a-mpr) applies to an uplink transmission power. An indication of a resource allocation of resource blocks for a transmission can be received. ... Motorola Mobility

11/24/16 / #20160345264

Portable electronic device with proximity sensors and identification beacon

An electronic device includes a housing, a user interface, and one or more processors operable with the user interface. At least one proximity sensor component is operable with the one or more processors and can include an infrared signal receiver to receive an infrared emission from an object external to the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

11/24/16 / #20160344950

Multi-wavelength infra-red led

In embodiments of multi-wavelength infra-red led, a mobile device includes a multi-wavelength infra-red (ir) led that projects near infra-red (nir) light in multiple wavelengths. The multi-wavelength ir led can be implemented as a single led, or as a combination of leds packaged together as a single component for implementation in the mobile device. ... Motorola Mobility

11/24/16 / #20160344856

Portable electronic device with proximity-based communication functionality

An electronic device includes a housing and one or more processors. At least one proximity sensor component is operable with the one or more processors and can include an infrared signal receiver to receive an infrared emission from an object external to the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

11/24/16 / #20160344461

System and methods for optimzing antenna precoder selection with coupled antennas

A method and apparatus optimize antenna precoder selection with coupled antennas. A data signal can be received. ... Motorola Mobility

11/24/16 / #20160344460

Method and apparatus for optimzing antenna precoder selection with coupled antennas

A method and apparatus optimize antenna precoder selection with coupled antennas. A power metric corresponding to each precoder of a plurality of precoders can be received at a receiving device. ... Motorola Mobility

11/24/16 / #20160342177

Screen attachment in a portable electronic device

A high-efficiency mounting system is provided for attaching the lens and display of a portable electronic device. The described mounting system uses a three-layer adhesive system to provide a product having minimal borders outside of the display area while also providing the ability to remove the display assembly without damaging it, allowing reworkability of one of the most expensive parts of the device.. ... Motorola Mobility

11/17/16 / #20160337809

Method and apparatus for indoor location estimation among peer-to-peer devices

Methods and apparatus perform location estimation among peer-to-peer devices. For the various methods, data of several different types, such as received signal strength, timing measurements, time stamps, actual transmit power, etc., is measured, stored, and propagated within a peer-to-peer network to enable each device in the peer-to-peer network to calculate positioning coordinates for one or more devices having unknown positioning coordinates.. ... Motorola Mobility

11/17/16 / #20160337808

Method and apparatus for indoor location estimation among peer-to-peer devices

Methods and apparatus perform location estimation among peer-to-peer devices. For the various methods, data of several different types, such as received signal strength, timing measurements, time stamps, actual transmit power, etc., is measured, stored, and propagated within a peer-to-peer network to enable each device in the peer-to-peer network to calculate positioning coordinates for one or more devices having unknown positioning coordinates.. ... Motorola Mobility

11/17/16 / #20160335471

Finger print sensor with passive proximity detection for power savings in an electronic device

An electronic device includes a housing, a user interface, and one or more processors operable with the user interface. The user interface includes a fingerprint sensor proximately located with at least one proximity sensor component. ... Motorola Mobility

11/10/16 / #20160330878

Portable electronic device component shielding

A more efficient component shielding system is provided for a portable electronic device. The system includes a metal shield covering multiple electronic components on the device pcb, including two or more electronic components requiring shielding. ... Motorola Mobility

11/10/16 / #20160330711

System and method for managing a location of an alert for a remotely originating incoming communication

The present invention provides a paired device, a system and method for managing a location of an alert for a remotely originating incoming communication intended for a particular user to one or more of a plurality of devices associated with the particular user. The one or more of a plurality of devices includes a primary device and one or more secondary devices paired with the primary device. ... Motorola Mobility

11/10/16 / #20160328205

Method and apparatus for voice operation of mobile applications having unnamed view elements

A method and apparatus for voice operation of mobile applications having unnamed view elements includes an electronic computing device configured to determine that a view element for a mobile application is unnamed in a view hierarchy layout file for the mobile application and to enter a name for the view element in a data record. The method performed by the electronic computing device further includes receiving a voice command for an operation that invokes the view element. ... Motorola Mobility

11/03/16 / #20160316866

Watch and band with latch attachment

The present invention provides a band for encircling another object with latch attachment. The band includes a plurality of layers, combined together in a stacked arrangement, where the front side facing of the first layer will form a front side facing of the band, and the back side facing of the last layer will form a back side facing of the band. ... Motorola Mobility

11/03/16 / #20160316865

Adjustable wristband and method for resizing

There is provided a wristband of a wearable device comprising a link, a first arm, a second arm, and an axle assembly supported by the link. The link includes a first side and a second side located substantially opposite the first side, and the link has a transverse axis extending through the first and second sides. ... Motorola Mobility

10/27/16 / #20160316155

Method and apparatus for determining lens shading correction for a multiple camera device with various fields of view

A method and apparatus can determine lens shading correction for a multiple camera device with various fields of view. According to a possible embodiment, a flat-field image can be captured using a first camera having a first lens for a multiple camera device. ... Motorola Mobility

10/27/16 / #20160316050

Keyboard function in a modular portable electronic device

A modular portable device system and method allow extended user input. The system includes a first device and a second device, the devices being attachable via a plurality of magnetic attachment points (magnets or magnetically responsive attachment points) on each. ... Motorola Mobility

10/27/16 / #20160314680

Detecting physical separation of portable devices

A method for detecting physical separation between a first device and a second device includes identifying a moving state of the first device. A first set of motion data is collected for the first device responsive to identifying the moving state. ... Motorola Mobility

10/27/16 / #20160313701

Device with axial lock and retention device and methods therefor

A device includes a case having a case sidewall defining a circular receiver having a receiving opening and a central axis. A device body, which is waterproof in one or more applications, includes a sidewall defining a receiving aperture. ... Motorola Mobility

10/27/16 / #20160313700

Device with axial lock and retention device and methods therefor

A device includes a case comprising a case sidewall defining a circular receiver having a receiving opening and a central axis. An inner wall of the case defines one or more engagement members. ... Motorola Mobility

10/27/16 / #20160313270

Moisture detection system for external electrical connector and methods therefor

An electronic device includes a housing and an electrical connector disposed along the housing. The electrical connector includes one or a plurality of electrical contacts having at least a portion thereof exposed to an exterior of the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

10/27/16 / #20160311440

Drowsy driver detection

In embodiments of drowsy driver detection, a drowsy driver mode is initiated on a wearable wireless device being worn by a user in response to detecting that the user is driving a vehicle. The drowsy driver mode causes the wearable wireless device to use a first sensor to generate first sensor data which can be analyzed to detect a drowsy driver condition. ... Motorola Mobility

10/20/16 / #20160309283

Voice call management in a modular smartphone

In an embodiment of the disclosed principles, a modular portable device includes a first module acting as a traditional high-function phone or “smartphone” and a second module that adds enhanced functionality to the first module. When the modules are separated, they may operate independently of each other. ... Motorola Mobility

10/20/16 / #20160307012

Utilizing radio frequency identification tags to display messages and notifications on peripheral devices

Pursuant to at least some embodiments, the present invention relates to a method that includes equipping a peripheral device with an rfid tag. The rfid tag includes a memory device configured for electronically storing information, an rf receiver configured for receiving an interrogation signal, and an rf transmitter operatively coupled to the rf receiver and the memory device. ... Motorola Mobility

10/20/16 / #20160307011

Utilizing a radio frequency identification tag to control one or more operational states of a peripheral device

Pursuant to at least some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a peripheral device that is equipped with an rfid tag. The rfid tag includes a memory device configured for electronically storing information, an rf receiver configured for receiving an interrogation signal, and an rf transmitter operatively coupled to the rf receiver and the memory device. ... Motorola Mobility

10/20/16 / #20160307007

Utilizing a radio frequency identification tag to assess the battery level of a peripheral device

Pursuant to at least some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to a method that includes configuring an rfid tag to store information related to a battery charge level of a battery of a peripheral device, reading the rfid tag, and disabling a subsequent reading of the rfid tag in response to determining that the rfid tag includes stored information indicative of the battery charge level being low or depleted.. . ... Motorola Mobility

10/13/16 / #20160302180

Method and apparatus for reception of control signaling

A method and apparatus provide reception of control signaling in a wireless communication network. A first set of a first number (k1) of control channel blind decoding (bd) candidates can be monitored in a first subframe at an aggregation level for a control channel transmission in the first subframe starting from a first ofdm symbol position in the first subframe. ... Motorola Mobility

10/13/16 / #20160301556

Method and apparatus for reception of control signaling

A method and apparatus provide reception of control signaling in a wireless communication network. A preamble transmission can be detected from a second device in a first set of at least one orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ofdm) symbol starting with a first ofdm symbol in a subframe received on a secondary serving cell operating on an unlicensed carrier, the first ofdm symbol having a first cyclic prefix (cp). ... Motorola Mobility

10/13/16 / #20160301555

Method and apparatus for reception of control signaling

A method and apparatus provide reception of control signaling in a wireless communication network. Downlink control information (dci) containing pdsch resource assignments can be received in one of two types of control channels in a subframe. ... Motorola Mobility

10/13/16 / #20160301509

In-device coexistence with other technologies in lte license assisted access operation

Methods and structures are disclosed which facilitate co-existence of long term evolution (lte) type communication signal reception and transmission using one carrier, such as a licensed carrier, and another carrier, such as an unlicensed carrier, in the presence of other transmissions using the other carrier.. . ... Motorola Mobility

10/13/16 / #20160301139

Antenna link in ultra-thin device with single-piece metal housing

An enhanced portable communication device includes a one-piece metal back plate with integral antennas. The one-piece metal back plate includes four integral antennas in an embodiment, forming an antenna pair at each end of the device. ... Motorola Mobility

10/13/16 / #20160300108

Iris acquisition using visible light imaging

In embodiments of iris acquisition using visible light imaging, a mobile device includes a front-facing camera device with a light that can be used to project visible light to illuminate a face of a user of the mobile device. An eye location module can determine that the user is wearing glasses utilizing ambient light or the projected visible light. ... Motorola Mobility

10/06/16 / #20160295569

Methods and apparatus for controlling multiple-input and multiple-output operation of a communication device when it is attached to a battery charger

A method for controlling multiple-input and multiple-output operation in a communication device when the communication device is attached to a battery charger includes determining that a battery level of a communication device is below a first battery level threshold. The method further includes determining that the communication device is attached to a battery char and determining whether to disable multiple-input and multiple-output operation of the communication device while it is attached to the battery charger.. ... Motorola Mobility

10/06/16 / #20160295447

Methods and apparatus for controlling multiple-input and multiple-output operation in a communication device

A method for controlling multiple-input and multiple-output operation in a communication device includes communicating data using multiple-input and multiple-output operation, determining a set of parameters that indicate quality of service associated with communicating the data to another device, and comparing the set of parameters to a set of thresholds. When one or more parameters in the set of parameters exceed one or more thresholds in the set of thresholds, the multiple-input and multiple-output operation is disabled.. ... Motorola Mobility

09/29/16 / #20160285494

Rf signal transmission in battery pack

A battery packaging technique for a portable communications device encloses two or more rf transmission lines under or within a metallic side seal of a battery pack of the device. The rf transmission lines are controlled in this manner during assembly and are well-constrained across the width and thickness of the pack, but at the same time are free to slide along the length of the battery to allow for easy assembly to the device. ... Motorola Mobility

09/29/16 / #20160285298

Wireless charging apparatus

A wireless charging apparatus can include an exciter that initiates and shapes electromagnetic fields of microwave frequency. The exciter can include a ground structure and a feed structure disposed within the ground structure. ... Motorola Mobility

09/29/16 / #20160284279

Method and apparatus for content adaptive backlight control

An electronic device backlight can operate at a brightness setting using content adaptive backlight control that modifies a backlight intensity based on content for display. A determination can be made as to whether video is playing on a display of the electronic device. ... Motorola Mobility

09/29/16 / #20160283789

Power-saving illumination for iris authentication

In embodiments of power-saving illumination for iris authentication, a mobile device includes near infra-red lights that cycle sequentially to illuminate a face of a user of the mobile device. An eye location module can determine a position of the face of the user with respect to the mobile device based on sequential reflections of the near infra-red lights from the face of the user. ... Motorola Mobility

09/29/16 / #20160283079

Portable device touchscreen optimization

A display protection system for use in a portable electronic device includes first and second lenses overlaying the device display. The first lens includes an aperture over a lens sensor mounted in the device, whereas the second lens includes an opaque region in that same area. ... Motorola Mobility

09/29/16 / #20160282934

Presence detection for gesture recognition and iris authentication

In embodiments of presence detection for gesture recognition and iris authentication, a mobile device includes a proximity sensor to detect a presence of a user of the mobile device. An interaction module can determine a position of the user with respect to the mobile device based on the detected presence of the user, and project a type of user interaction with the mobile device based on the determined position of the user. ... Motorola Mobility

09/29/16 / #20160282915

Thermal mitigation for modular portable communication device

A system and method for thermal mitigation in a portable electronic device provide an adaptive processor temperature threshold based on the presence or absence of a second device connected to the portable electronic device. In an embodiment, the processor is a multi-core processor, and one or more cores are dedicated to the control of the second device when the second device is connected to the portable electronic device.. ... Motorola Mobility

09/22/16 / #20160278050

Method and apparatus for scheduling user equipment uplink transmissions on an unlicensed carrier

A method and apparatus schedule user equipment uplink transmissions on an unlicensed carrier. Listen before talk can be performed to determine when a subframe is available for uplink transmission. ... Motorola Mobility

09/22/16 / #20160278049

Method and apparatus for scheduling user equipment uplink transmissions on an unlicensed carrier

A method and apparatus schedule user equipment uplink transmissions on an unlicensed carrier. A grant for transmitting physical uplink shared channel on a serving cell operating on an unlicensed carrier can be received in a subframe. ... Motorola Mobility

09/22/16 / #20160278048

Method and apparatus for scheduling user equipment uplink transmissions on an unlicensed carrier

A method and apparatus schedule user equipment uplink transmissions on an unlicensed carrier. A configuration indicating a window length can be received from a higher layer, where the higher layer can be higher than a physical layer. ... Motorola Mobility

09/22/16 / #20160277685

Remote imaging in modular cellular phone

A system and method of remote imaging allows a camera module in a modular portable electronic device environment to be removed from a base module without halting an image capture session being displayed on a display of the base module. In an embodiment, image data may be captured by both the camera module and the base module. ... Motorola Mobility

09/22/16 / #20160277558

Wifi connectivity in a modular portable cellular device

A system and method of networking in a portable device in a modular device environment detects connection of a second device to the portable device, and configures the second device to form a parallel network connection with the portable device. In an embodiment, the second device is configured to form a direct wifi connection to the portable device when the devices are separated.. ... Motorola Mobility

09/22/16 / #20160275348

Low-power iris authentication alignment

In embodiments of low-power iris authentication alignment, a mobile device includes one or more dual-mode leds that is implemented for low-power illumination and high-power illumination. An eye location module can initiate the dual-mode leds for the low-power illumination to illuminate the face of a user of the mobile device. ... Motorola Mobility

09/22/16 / #20160274622

Controlling the orientation of a device display based on usage context

A method for controlling an orientation of data on a display of a device, includes determining a device angular position for the device, determining a usage context parameter for the device, and controlling the orientation of the data on the display based on the device angular position and the usage context parameter. A device includes a display, an orientation sensor to determine a device angular position for the device, and a processor coupled to the orientation senor. ... Motorola Mobility

09/15/16 / #20160269814

Headphone device and a knuckle for facilitating an adjustable connection between an ear pod and headband

The present invention provides a knuckle for facilitating an adjustable connection between an ear pod and a headband, and/or a headphone device. The knuckle includes a first end slidably coupled to the headband, the first end being adapted for being received within and traveling along a slot in the headband. ... Motorola Mobility

09/15/16 / #20160266769

Text display and selection system

Systems, methods, and devices for extracting and distributing text of mixed types from displayed graphical data from a display of an electronic device are disclosed. The text types can include rendered text and text represented in rendered images. ... Motorola Mobility

09/08/16 / #20160261529

Method and apparatus for managing e-mail attachments in e-mail communications

A method and apparatus for managing e-mail attachments in e-mail communications includes an electronic computing device configured to determine that a second e-mail account is receiving from a first e-mail account a first e-mail, of an e-mail thread, having a first e-mail attachment. The method further includes determining that a second e-mail of the e-mail thread is being composed for the second e-mail account and responsively providing a list of received e-mail attachments for the e-mail thread, wherein the list indicates the first e-mail attachment.. ... Motorola Mobility

09/01/16 / #20160253998

Method and apparatus for voice control user interface with discreet operating mode

An electronic device includes a voice control interface engine operative in a first mode to receive a speech command, through a microphone, from a first distance and produce, through a loudspeaker and in response to the speech command, an audible output at a first output level. One or more processors are operable with one or more proximity sensors to detect objects proximately located with a housing of the electronic device. ... Motorola Mobility

09/01/16 / #20160253149

Method and apparatus for voice control user interface with discreet operating mode

An electronic device includes a voice control interface engine operative in a first mode to receive a speech command, through a microphone, from a first distance and produce, through a loudspeaker and in response to the speech command, an audible output at a first output level. One or more processors are operable with one or more sensors to detect a predefined user input. ... Motorola Mobility

09/01/16 / #20160252963

Method and apparatus for gesture detection in an electronic device

An electronic device includes one or more processors, a motion detector, another motion detector, such as a gyroscope or one or more accelerometers, and one or more proximity detectors. An amount of movement of the electronic device, an amount of rotation about an axis, and whether an object is proximately located with a major face of the electronic device can be determined. ... Motorola Mobility

08/25/16 / #20160249466

Portable electronic device contact puck alignment

A device interconnection system uses an indexed carrier to locate an array of contacts on an array of solder pads on a printed circuit board. In an embodiment, the pcb is indexed to a device housing in the same manner that it is indexed to the carrier, allowing the array of contacts to match and protrude through an array of holes in the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

08/25/16 / #20160248955

Dual camera system zoom notification

In embodiments of dual camera system zoom notification, a dual camera system includes a first imager and a second imager that are designed to support synthetic optical zoom of a scene. A camera controller is implemented to determine that the synthetic optical zoom is not supported to capture an image of the scene with the dual camera system. ... Motorola Mobility

08/25/16 / #20160248496

Apparatus and methods for antenna correlation estimation in a multi-antenna system

Disclosed apparatuses obtain real time performance measurements and adaptively select mimo antennas to improve mimo antenna performance under given conditions. A correlation estimator determines an approximation of instantaneous antenna correlation values. ... Motorola Mobility

08/25/16 / #20160248401

Antenna tuning in a modular portable communication device

A system and method of tuning an antenna of a portable device in a modular device system using a device id associated with second device to tune one or more antennas of a first device. In an embodiment, the first device resolves the device id of the second device to a set of tuning parameters which improve tuning of the antenna of the first device in the presence of the second device. ... Motorola Mobility

08/25/16 / #20160246382

Multiuse 3d ir for electronic device

A system and method for iris authentication in an electronic device employ an array of steered gesture recognition ir (infrared) leds (light emitting diodes) to provide illumination suited for each of a number of device operational modes. The gesture recognition ir leds are steered via mirror steering in an embodiment. ... Motorola Mobility

08/18/16 / #20160242027

Method and device for facilitating restricted proximity discovery of an application user

A proximity-based services server performs a method for facilitating restricted proximity discovery of a user of an application. The method includes obtaining authorization to access a first user's resources for a first application. ... Motorola Mobility

08/18/16 / #20160241704

Adaptive filtering for presence detection

A system and method for sensing a user presence via thermal signature sensing employs adaptive filtering of a motion spectrum to discern a user presence signature over background thermal noise. In an embodiment, adaptive sub-band filters are applied within the motion spectrum, and a user presence is indicated by the presence of a thermal signature having at least a predetermined magnitude or profile within any searched sub-band. ... Motorola Mobility

08/11/16 / #20160234365

Portable electronic device with proximity sensors for gesture control and contact detection

A portable electronic device includes a housing having at least one major face. One or more processors are operable in the device. ... Motorola Mobility

08/11/16 / #20160234363

Modular portable cellular device layout and connection system

An expandable cellular phone includes system for allowing the cellular phone to physically mate with, and electronically link to, an independently functional auxiliary module. The system includes a contact face on a backside of the device to mate to a corresponding back face of the auxiliary module. ... Motorola Mobility

08/11/16 / #20160232341

Presence-triggered beacon authentication

A system and method for authenticating a user of a device includes a user fob configured to transmit a code related to authentication, wherein the device is configured to receive the transmitted code and confirm that the holder of the fob is or is not an authorized user. In an embodiment, the device is configured to detect a user presence before checking for receipt of a transmitted code. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160227548

Method and apparatus for signaling aperiodic channel state indication reference signals for lte operation

A ue can receive zero power channel state information reference signal (zp-csi-rs) configuration information for an aperiodic zp-csi-rs of a serving cell. The ue can receive downlink control information (dci) on a physical control channel in a subframe of the serving cell. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160227519

Method and apparatus for signaling aperiodic channel state indication reference signals for lte operation

A user equipment (ue) can receive downlink control information (dci) from a base station. The dci can contain a channel state information (csi) request on a physical control channel in a subframe of a first serving cell. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160227410

Method and apparatus for operating a user client wireless communication device on a wireless wide area network

A method and apparatus operate a user client wireless communication device on a wireless wide area network. A communication link can be established at the user client wireless communication device with a user wireless wide area network communication device. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160227403

Method and apparatus for operating a user client wireless communication device on a wireless wide area network

A method and apparatus operate a user client wireless communication device on a wireless wide area network. A communication link can be established at the user client wireless communication device with a user wireless wide area network communication device. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160227022

Method and apparatus for preventing misdials and unintended activation of a portable wireless communication device

A method and apparatus operate a user portable wireless communication device on a wireless wide area network. The user portable wireless communication device can include a first side and a user input located on the first side, where the user input can include a user actuation input. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160226637

Apparatus and method for reception and transmission of control channels

A method and system of creating, transmitting, receiving and interpreting a subframe structure used in the communication between a base station and a device with mobile communication functionality is provided for use during communication on an unlicensed frequency spectrum. The system and subframe structure provides for the truncation of ofdm symbols within one or more subframe structures that often contain downlink control information and a method for determining a new location of the truncated downlink control information within the subframe structure.. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160226130

Single-piece metal housing with integral antennas

An enhanced portable communication device includes a one-piece metal back plate, configured to reduce device thickness by eliminating the plastic-to-metal joints normally needed to isolate the device antennas and provide rigidity. The one-piece metal back plate includes four integral antennas in an embodiment, forming an antenna pair at each end of the device. ... Motorola Mobility

08/04/16 / #20160223589

Dual rf test connection in portable device

A system and method of circuit board and device construction provide an rf testing connection for thin devices that lack space between their printed circuit board (pcb) and their housing for a test connection. In particular, in designs wherein the device pcb lies against the rear housing of the device, the use of a dedicated test connector on the back of the main pcb is problematic, but a circuit configuration is provided such that a removable test connection can be used without affecting the operation of the device or the configuration of the pcb itself.. ... Motorola Mobility

07/28/16 / #20160218556

Battery disconnect safeguard

In embodiments, a mobile device includes a primary battery as a power source to power components of the mobile device, and includes a secondary battery as an additional power source to power the components of the mobile device. A sensor is implemented to detect moisture proximate a battery connection of the secondary battery, where the detected moisture indicates an impending secondary battery disconnect event due to the secondary battery shorting out. ... Motorola Mobility

07/28/16 / #20160218555

Battery disconnect safeguard

In embodiments, a mobile device includes a primary battery as a power source to power components of the mobile device, and includes a secondary battery as an additional power source to power the components of the mobile device. A sensor is implemented to detect an acceleration of the device that indicates an impending secondary battery disconnect event due to the mobile device falling. ... Motorola Mobility

07/21/16 / #20160212317

3d ir illumination for iris authentication

A system and method for iris authentication in an electronic device employ a presence detection sensor to detect when a user is close to the device. Thereafter, an array of gesture recognition ir (infrared) leds (light emitting diodes) on the device are activated, and the reflections thereof are used to determine the distance and location of the user from the electronic device. ... Motorola Mobility

07/14/16 / #20160205712

Method for peer-to-peer data transfer using wireless local area network radio equipment

A disclosed method includes preventing a first mobile device from connecting to configured networks having connectivity information stored in a configured networks list stored in memory of the first mobile device, establishing a peer-to-peer connection with a second mobile device, performing a data transfer from the first mobile device to the second mobile device over the peer-to-peer connection while continuing to prevent the first mobile device from connecting to the configured networks, and enabling the first mobile device to connect to the configured networks after completion of the data transfer.. . ... Motorola Mobility

07/14/16 / #20160205236

Portable electronic device with dual, diagonal proximity sensors and mode switching functionality

An electronic device includes a housing, a user interface, and one or more processors operable with the user interface. At least one proximity sensor component is operable with the one or more processors and can include an infrared signal receiver to receive an infrared emission from an object external to the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

07/14/16 / #20160203709

Portable electronic device with dual, diagonal proximity sensors and mode switching functionality

An electronic device includes a housing and one or more processors. At least one proximity sensor component is operable with the one or more processors and can include an infrared signal receiver to receive an infrared emission from an object external to the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

07/14/16 / #20160202114

Portable electronic device with dual, diagonal proximity sensors and mode switching functionality

An electronic device includes a housing and one or more processors. At least one proximity sensor component is operable with the one or more processors and includes an infrared signal receiver to receive an infrared emission from an object external to the housing. ... Motorola Mobility

05/26/16 / #20160147131

Multiple camera apparatus and method for synchronized autofocus

A disclosed apparatus includes a plurality of camera units. Control logic, operatively coupled to each camera unit, is operative to perform a parallax operation using at least two image frames from at least two camera units to determine a common focus distance, subsequent to completing independent auto-focus operations and respective lens position adjustments for the at least two camera units. ... Motorola Mobility

05/19/16 / #20160142963

Method and device for routing traffic of applications installed on a mobile device

A mobile device performs method for routing traffic of applications installed on the mobile device. The method includes receiving, from a source external to the mobile device, a set of attributes for a first application installed on the mobile device. ... Motorola Mobility

05/19/16 / #20160142913

Methods and apparatus for content sharing between multiple mobile electronic devices

A method performed by a server to facilitate content sharing between multiple mobile electronic devices includes receiving, from a first mobile electronic device, a first content-sharing request and credentials for establishing a direct wireless connection between the first mobile electronic device and another mobile electronic device for sharing content of the first mobile electronic device. A first content-discovery request is received from a second mobile electronic device, and a location of the second mobile electronic device is also received. ... Motorola Mobility

05/19/16 / #20160139715

Two stage flow through seal pin

Disclosed is a method of interactive display that includes providing a touch-based display screen (102) capable of stereoscopic displaying of object images (502), that further includes displaying a plurality of object images (502) on the display screen (102), wherein at least a first of the object images (502) is selectable and displayed so as to appear to be located at least partially in a zero-plane (510) of the display screen (102), wherein at least a second of the object images (502) is displayed so as to appear to be located at least one of inwardly and outwardly of the zero-plane (510), receiving a first input at a location of the display screen (102) substantially corresponding to the first of the object images (502), and identifying the first input as corresponding to the first of the object images (502) that is selectable and taking at least one further action upon the identification.. . ... Motorola Mobility

05/05/16 / #20160124072

Real-time location estimation of a mobile station in a wireless communication system

An apparatus and method is provided for real-time location estimation of a mobile station (ms) on a map of roads using non-global positioning satellite location data of the ms and includes a step of determining that the ms is stationary. A next step includes assigning each raw location datum with an initial mass such that the data exhibit an attractive force therebetween. ... Motorola Mobility

04/28/16 / #20160116640

Weather forecasting using satellite data and mobile-sensor data from mobile devices

This disclosure describes techniques and apparatuses for weather forecasting using satellite data for a macro-location and mobile-sensor data from mobile devices within that macro-location. These techniques in some cases improve macro-location weather forecasting and, in some other cases, forecast micro-climates within the macro-location.. ... Motorola Mobility

03/03/16 / #20160065722

Systems and methods for managing operating modes of an electronic device

Embodiments are provided for distinguishing certain transportation modes for an electronic device based on connection signal data. According to certain aspects, the electronic device may determine (458) that it is being transported by a vehicle. ... Motorola Mobility

03/03/16 / #20160061600

Adaptive detection of user proximity

This disclosure describes techniques and apparatuses for implementing adaptive detection of user proximity. These techniques and apparatuses enable a device to detect, via environmental variances, proximity of a user and then trigger functions of the device based on the user proximity. ... Motorola Mobility

02/25/16 / #20160057215

Methods and systems for delegating group ownership for the formation of a new group

Disclosed are methods and systems for devices in peer-to-peer networks to form a new group using information sent by a group owner in a previous group session. In some embodiments, a method of delegating group ownership from a first device to a second device for the formation of a new group includes: determining the second device will be the group owner of the new group during a current group session; broadcasting to devices in the current group session that the second device will be the group owner of the new group; dissolving the current group session; and forming a new group with the second device as group owner.. ... Motorola Mobility

02/25/16 / #20160055617

Method for correcting the perspective of an image of an electronic device

This disclosure is generally directed to a method for correcting the perspective of an image. According to various embodiments, the method, which is carried out on an electronic device having a display, involves mapping logical pixels of the image to physical pixels of the display based on the expected viewing angle of the location (e.g., the screen location) of the display at which the logical pixels are to be rendered. ... Motorola Mobility

02/25/16 / #20160055324

Context-based authentication mode selection

A system and method for configuring authentication of a mobile communications device entail detecting user context and device context factors and determining whether a current authentication mode is impractical or unfeasible in view of such factors. User context information of interest includes any indication that the user is driving or in a meeting for example. ... Motorola Mobility

02/18/16 / #20160050536

Identifying personalized meaningful locations

A system and method for identifying and labeling locations frequented by a user of a mobile communication device track geographic positions and environmental or contextual factors as the user moves about, and identify locations of interest to the user via a clustering procedure. As the device collects contextual data, the system and method label each identified location to create a location model. ... Motorola Mobility

02/18/16 / #20160048668

Computing device chording authentication and control

Chording techniques are described that may be utilized in a variety of ways to provide inputs to a computing device. The computing device, for instance, may include sensors disposed on a housing of the computing device such that the sensors are configured to detect fingers of a user when grasping the device. ... Motorola Mobility

02/18/16 / #20160048296

Methods for implementing a display theme on a wearable electronic device

A user controls a pair of devices—a wearable electronic device, such as a watch (e.g., a smart watch) and a companion electronic device, such as a smart phone. The user takes a picture (of him or herself or of something in the environment) with the companion electronic device. ... Motorola Mobility

02/11/16 / #20160044089

Context-based contact notification

Disclosed are systems and methods for providing a context-based notification from a first device to a second device. In an embodiment, the first device is associated with a driver travelling to pick up a passenger, and the second device is associated with the passenger. ... Motorola Mobility

02/11/16 / #20160041879

Data backup to and restore from trusted devices

Multiple computing devices (102, 122) transfer data and otherwise communicate directly with one another, and do so in the absence of any intervening devices such as devices accessed over the internet or other wide-range network. A user of a particular device can select which other devices, if any, are to be trusted by the particular device. ... Motorola Mobility

02/11/16 / #20160041593

Method and apparatus for adjusting a sleep mode display mechanism of an electronic device

An electronic device performs a method for adjusting a sleep mode display mechanism. The method includes determining, responsive to a trigger, whether a trusted device is proximate to the electronic device. ... Motorola Mobility

02/04/16 / #20160037563

Connecting wireless devices using visual image capture and processing

A method facilitates establishment of wireless pairing connections between wireless electronic devices by: initiating, at a first device, a connection utility that enables the first device to establish a wireless connection with at least one second device; capturing an image of a selected second device, representing a second device to which a wireless connection is desired; and scanning for identifying information about each discoverable second device that is within a connection range of the first device. The method further includes: forwarding the captured image and any detected identifying information to a wireless connectivity assist (wca) service; receiving wireless connection setup and configuration (wcsc) instructions from the wca service; and establishing the wireless connection with the selected second device utilizing wireless connection setup and configuration (wcsc) instructions received from the wca service.. ... Motorola Mobility

02/04/16 / #20160034140

Method and apparatus for adjusting a graphical user interface on an electronic device

A method for adjusting a graphical user interface on an electronic device includes receiving, from a detection element positioned at a backside of an electronic device, first data generated when a hand is positioned at the backside of the electronic device. Further, a one-handed or two-handed operation of the electronic device is determined based on the first data. ... Motorola Mobility

02/04/16 / #20160034050

User interface adaptation based on detected user location

A device (102) detects when a user is in close physical proximity to the device, such as within a few feet of the device. While the user is in close physical proximity to the device, the device also detects the location of the user relative to the device, and optionally a speed at which the user is moving. ... Motorola Mobility

02/04/16 / #20160033822

Apparatus with visible and infrared light emitting display

An apparatus can include a display backlight light source configured to emit light. The apparatus can include an infrared and visible light conversion layer optically coupled to the display backlight light source. ... Motorola Mobility

01/28/16 / #20160028818

Reliable transfer of data from an image capturing device to a remote data storage

A method for transferring data from a data capturing device (dcd) comprises: establishing a first communication link between a first user device and the dcd. The method also includes: the dcd capturing data intended to be communicated to the first user device; and notifying the first user device of an availability of captured data for transfer to the first user device. ... Motorola Mobility

01/28/16 / #20160028356

Method and apparatus for ultrasonic triggered audio reduction

A method and apparatus trigger audio reduction using an ultrasonic signal. Device audio can be output at a first device audio setting from a device through a headphone coupled to the device. ... Motorola Mobility

01/28/16 / #20160026786

Device-based application security

Disclosed are techniques and apparatuses for implementing device-based application security. These techniques enable a computing device to assign a security level from a hierarchy of security levels to an application. ... Motorola Mobility

01/28/16 / #20160022135

Method and apparatus for managing blinking

A method and apparatus for managing blinking includes an electronic computing device detecting blinking of a user of the electronic computing device and determining an uninduced blink rate for the user from the detected blinking. The method also includes inducing the user to blink based on the uninduced blink rate. ... Motorola Mobility

01/21/16 / #20160021457

Automatic audio-path determination for a peripheral speaker

Disclosed are techniques to automatically determine an audio path for a peripheral speaker. A wireless device uses particular wireless-communication methods or techniques, referred to as an audio path, to wirelessly communicate audio data to a speaker system for playback by a peripheral speaker. ... Motorola Mobility

01/21/16 / #20160021291

Launching a camera of a wireless device from a wearable device

A system includes a wearable device (102) such as a smartwatch and a wireless device (104) such as a smartphone. A user provides to the wearable device a user input indicating a user desire to launch a camera of the wireless device. ... Motorola Mobility

01/21/16 / #20160021241

Electronic device and method for detecting presence and motion

Apparatus and methods for detecting presence and motion by an electronic device are disclosed. In an example device, the device includes a housing defining an opening, an infrared (“ir”) sensor located within the housing and generating an indication signal when the ir sensor detects an ir signal. ... Motorola Mobility

01/21/16 / #20160019817

Wearable haptic device for the visually impaired

This disclosure describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a wearable haptic device for the visually impaired. The techniques enable users to interact with their mobile devices using haptics, both to receive information, such as through haptic projections providing braille symbols from their devices, and to make selections for their devices, such as through haptic guides. ... Motorola Mobility

01/21/16 / #20160019506

Devices and methods for calendar event creation

A communication device (100) can include a user interface (105), a communication circuit (106), and one or more processors (103) operable with the user interface and the communication circuit. One or more memory devices (109) can store one or more applications operable on the one or more processors. ... Motorola Mobility

01/21/16 / #20160018920

Wearable haptic and touch communication device

This disclosure describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a wearable haptic and touch communication device. The techniques enable users to interact with their mobile devices using haptics, both to receive information from their devices and to make selections for their devices. ... Motorola Mobility

01/21/16 / #20160018890

Haptic guides for a touch-sensitive display

This disclosure describes techniques and apparatuses enabling haptic guides for a touch-sensitive display. The techniques enable users to interact with their mobile devices using haptics, including to make touch selections for their devices.. ... Motorola Mobility

01/14/16 / #20160014577

System and method for initiating communication from actual, notional, or dissociated previewed images

A communication device includes a communication circuit, an imager, and one or more processors. One or more memory devices store one or more reference images. ... Motorola Mobility

01/14/16 / #20160014451

Method and device for optimizing storage of recorded video programs

A method of managing video programs and associated program components on a storage unit of an electronic device is provided. A total number of playbacks of each video program stored in the storage unit and a total number of playbacks of each program component stored in the storage unit for each of the video programs are tracked. ... Motorola Mobility








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