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Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo

Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo


Samsung recently teamed up with Microsoft in a deal that brought the latter’s Android apps pre-installed on Samsung’s flagships. But Samsung might actually have something even more intimate in mind. A patent filed back in late 2014 reveals one of Samsung’s ideas for combining two platforms: a phablet that runs Android by default but switches to Windows when joined with a dock that is practically an empty laptop shell, thereby providing the familiar mobility of Android on mobile with Windows productivity in the workplace.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealed a Samsung patent application this week relating to an all-new dual OS operating system hybrid device. A Samsung Galaxy Note, for instance, would naturally run Android when in smartphone mode. When the Note smartphone is docked inside a notebook-like shell companion component, it would automatically switch to running the Windows operating system, such as Windows 10. This could be a sign marking a huge new move into the enterprise space where Apple is currently winning handily.

Such a move by Samsung could mark an interesting development. It could be seen as a direct first-step attempt in challenging Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the enterprise that is now being supercharged with their new Apple + IBM MobileFirst strategy. How could that be with just a single hybrid device?

It was noted first by SamMobile prior to the release of the Galaxy S6 that the new smartphone would come with apps like Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, Office Mobile (with a free Office 365 subscription), and Skype. But since that time, Microsoft has begun promoting their new strategy: Mobile-First, Cloud-First computing.

This new smartphone-notebook hybrid would allow the notebook to be able to access the internet without needing a WiFi connection or a mobile internet Key. The notebook would also be able to recharge the smartphone. So for busy executives or students on the go, this new hybrid device will have its appeal with many.

Getting to the invention, Samsung’s patent FIGS. 1 and 2 below are views provided to illustrate a docking system #1000. In patent FIG. 1 we’re able to see a phablet and a docking apparatus separated from each other; in FIG. 2 we’re able to see the phablet mounted on a docking apparatus.


In the patent figures below we see the “main” notebook display #300c and below it, we see two possible states that the phablet could present. In the first state, noted as #400c, we see that the display is running Windows OS with it being extended to the main notebook display. But it could also have Android running on the phablet display while the notebook is running Windows.

Article Via Patently Mobile

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