Google patents a laptop smartphone dock; Android and Chrome OS coming closer together?

Google patents a laptop smartphone dock

Google has filed for an interesting patent that caught our imagination. The filing number 8,649,821 was granted to Google in February, describing a laptop with built-in and detachable mobile phone. The two are apparently working in tandem to allow users to get mobile data on a bigger screen when needed.

We don’t get to learn about the Android – Chrome OS interplay, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating. You see, we would love to have this sort of device that could boot into Chrome OS when phone is docked inside the laptop shell. Simply put – Android is still not ready for the big screen. Sure, you get bigger icons and text, but “that’s not it.”

Alas, we’ve no idea whether Google is thinking between the same lines. On the other hand, we are pretty confident they know that the convergence trend is unstoppable and that they will want to lead it, rather than follow other companies like Canonical (maker of Ubuntu).

As a reminder, Motorola used to offer something similar, though their Lapdock device never really caught on. There’s also Asus which seems to have a hard time convincing enough users to spend their hard-earned cash on the Padfone.

We’ll be on the lookout for any additional news surrounding this laptop dock and get back to you as soon as we have something new to add. Stay tuned.

[Via: AndroidPolice, PatentBolt]

  • PeterSteinbeck

    Bring it on. That’s what we ultimately want!

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