Patent Number: 8,819,669

Title: Information processing apparatus and function expansion method

Abstract: An information processing apparatus receives index information about an expansion function realized by being linked to a predetermined service provided by an external apparatus from a server apparatus connected via a network, displays a menu of information representing the expansion functions on a display screen, based on the index information, downloads software for executing the expansion function based on location information of the software when the expansion function being executed in accordance with a user selection on the menu on the display screen; the location information contained in the index information, and uses the downloaded software to executes the expansion function selected by an user.

Inventors: Dei; Hiroaki (Kanagawa, JP), Aoyagi; Seiichi (Tokyo, JP), Okamoto; Naoya (Tokyo, JP), Sakai; Yusuke (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018