Samsung’s idea for a dual-OS smartphone laptop dock includes using your phone as a track pad

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Samsung is thinking about making a laptop dock where a smartphone can double as the processing power for a full blown computing experience. That much was revealed in their latest patent, and even in a few that they were granted in the past.

The idea of laptop docks are nothing new — Motorola was doing this as early on with the original Motorola Atrix — but Samsung does stake claim to some interesting implementation details. The biggest is that the docking mechanism would allow you to use your phone as a trackpad for using a mouse, or as some sort of secondary display showing additional information.

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Samsung’s patent specifies a scenario where Android would run on the smartphone device, while the laptop would run Windows while the phone is docked. That said, Samsung is only using those two operating systems as a mere example of a situation where one might use dual booting so that shouldn’t be taken as a solid hint of future plans.

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In fact, the entirety of the patent shouldn’t be taken as hint of any plans. We’ve seen time and again that patents don’t always translate into actual products, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Samsung likes this idea enough to make something tangible out of it.

[via Patently Mobile]

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