Method and apparatus for displaying information during an instant messaging session

  • US 10,623,347 B2
  • Filed: 07/08/2019
  • Issued: 04/14/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/02/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An 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 communication session window, the communication session window being configured to display a plurality of instant messages during an instant messaging session between a local participant and a first remote participant, the communication session window having a first side and a second side different from the first side, the first side being associated with the first remote participant and the second side being associated with the local participant;

    receiving a signal indicating that the first remote participant is preparing an instant message;

    in response to receiving the signal indicating that the first remote participant is preparing an instant message, displaying, at a first location on the first side, a graphical indication that the first remote participant is preparing an instant message;

    receiving an instant message from the first remote participant;

    in response to receiving the instant message from the first remote participant;

    ceasing display of the graphical indication that the first remote participant is preparing an instant message; and

    displaying, at the first location on the first side at which the graphical indication that the first remote participant is preparing an instant message was previously displayed, a representation of the instant message from the first remote participant, wherein the representation of the instant message is different from the graphical indication that the first remote participant is preparing an instant message;

    receiving an instant message from the local participant; and

    in response to receiving the instant message from the local participant;

    displaying, at a second location on the second side, a representation of the instant message from the local participant.

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