Samsung’s new patent hints at a dual boot Android and Windows smartphone

It’s hardly been a week since Samsung’s latest flagship made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Samsung even offered to pay $25 credits to those who would stick with  Samsung smartphone after returning their Note 7.  We now have a couple of reports about something quite unusual from the company.

There’s something fascinating about mobile devices that are capable of switching between different operating systems. In practice, those hardly ever work out, though. Samsung has however filed for a patent reportedly that shows a Galaxy like smartphone running Windows and Android and can switch between the two operating systems as easily as one switches apps.

Related : Run Windows apps on Androids and Chromebooks

Even if that turns out to not be useful at least it’d be damn cool. It also shows that Samsung is not slowing down with its constant experiments trying to bring something new to the smartphone game each year. In a prevous post we mentioned how Samsung and Google are driving innovation in smartphones and we also mentioned that Samsung’s style is to throw everything in and see what sticks. This seems somewhat true to Samsung’s style.


The patent application was filed in May 2015 and shows how both operating systems can be displayed in two windows, like the multi windows in current Touchwiz UX, enabling the user to drag and drop files between them. It is possible to minize one OS to a floating icon, in the same way an application can be minimized in the current TouchWiz UX. Pressing the Home button brings the user back to the Android home screen.

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It is clearly mentioned in the patent that the Operating Systems will have different settings to setup folders, share folders and distribute the resources accordingly, etc. Interestingly, a tablet layout has also been shown by Samsung in the filed patent. However, we don’t have much detail on the same. The company had previously planned to launch a device called Ativ Q with a similar concept so it could be that tablet but he device was never launched. So that pretty much brings us to the next concern. It is definitely not going to be easy to implement this and hence we doubt if it will be implemented in any of the upcoming devices.

Also read : Fingerprint scanner support coming to Chromebooks

The concept looks interesting however, but Samsung will also need to come up with ways to show the public how these features can be benefecial on a smartphone.

What do you think about this concept? Would you like to see it turn out into a working product? Let us know in the comments below

Source : Galaxyclub

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