Last year, Facebook released an app called “hello”, which was similar to a popular app called Truecaller. Truecaller is a phone application that finds contact details globally given name or telephone number, and has an integrated caller ID service to achieve call-blocking functionality and social media integration to keep the phonebook up-to-date with pictures and birthdays.
Hello app performs many of the functions performed by Truecaller. This week Facebook filed a patent for an improved version of “hello” app. The patented all-termination triggered social interface leverages information associated with an incoming phone number for display to a user of a mobile device post-call and permits the user to conveniently issue commands to the mobile device or social networking system to take specific actions for the number or entity associated with the number on the social network. The specific actions include “add to friends”, “add to address book”, and “report spam and block”.
Publication number: US 20160072878
Patent Title: Call-Termination-Triggered Social Interface
Publication date: 10 Mar 2016
Filing date: 16 Nov 2015
Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos; David Harry Garcia; Paul Tarjan;
Original Assignee: Facebook, Inc.