Portable electronic device for instant messaging

  • US 10,572,142 B2
  • Filed: 03/20/2017
  • Issued: 02/25/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A portable electronic device, comprising:

  • a display;

    one or more processors; and

    memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for;

    displaying, on the display, a message compose region comprising;

    a text box for displaying characters of a message entered by a user;

    a virtual keyboard having a plurality of keys for entering characters in the text box; and

    a respective selectable user interface object with a respective position in the message compose region relative to the text box and the virtual keyboard;

    receiving a selection input directed to the respective position in the message compose region at which the respective selectable user interface object was displayed; and

    in response to receiving the selection input directed to the respective position in the message compose region;

    in accordance with a determination that there is user input that includes one or more user-typed text characters in the text box, sending a message that includes the one or more user-typed text characters; and

    in accordance with a determination that there is no user input in the text box, forgoing sending a message, wherein the appearance of the respective selectable user interface object at the respective position in the message compose region has a different appearance depending on whether or not there is user input in the text box.

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