Microsoft isn’t even close to catching up with Android or iOS in the smartphone race, but that doesn’t mean it’s not conjuring up new ideas to promote their Windows Phone platform. In a recent patent publishing, we find that Microsoft is working on a detachable dual display smartphone.
Microsoft isn’t even close to catching up with Android or iOS in the smartphone race, but that doesn’t mean it’s not conjuring up new ideas to promote their Windows Phone platform. In a recent patent publishing, we find that Microsoft is proposing a detachable dual display smartphone.
The detachable displays basically have the same function as a Bluetooth headset and a smartphone, but with the exception that the Bluetooth headset has a built in screen. Okay, I may be over simplifying Microsoft’s detachable screens, but, in function, it is what it is—that is, you can talk on one display while viewing other things on another display.
With Microsoft’s planned dual displays smartphone, a user can use one display for voice service, and the other for data service. For instance, you can talk to your business partner about his proposal with one screen while viewing his PDF document with the other screen.
The two displays, in essence, works as two multi-touch devices that have direct access to each others’ components. Each display will have various sensors built into them so that they can recognize each other’s proximity, and functions. Users can drag and drop icons from one displays to another, or manipulate files using one display while viewing those manipulations in real-time on the other. Hence, there may be a possibility that you can use one display as a multi-touch keypad to edit a word document displayed on the second display.
For simplicity sake, a Bluetooth headset and a smartphone will accomplish many of the functions of Microsoft’s proposed dual screen smartphone, but in terms of tech-swag, you will get some curious eyes if your phone rings and you broke your phone in half just to take the call.
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