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Trackpad Patent Hints Google May Bring Android to Desktop

By - Source: USPTO | B 17 comments

Android on your desktop? That's what some are taking away from Google's latest patent application.

Google's already got a web-based desktop OS but is the search giant considering taking Android to the desktop too? A patent filed by Google recently indicates that this could be the case.

First spotted by Patently Apple, the patent filing details that, though certain applications or OSes have been designed around a touchscreen UI, it may be beneficial to allow such applications and operating systems to be implemented on more traditional devices, including a desktop, netbook, or laptop computer.

"Certain applications and operating systems (e.g., the Android.RTM. operating system) have been designed around a touchscreen user interface, but it may be beneficial to allow such applications and operating systems to be implemented on more traditional devices (e.g., desktop/netbook/laptop devices) that include physical keyboards and/or pointing devices, such as trackpad devices," Google said in the patent description.

"Trackpad operations may be directly mapped to touchscreen events, which may be processed by applications that may be configured to process such events. In such fashion, a computing device may be capable of processing touchscreen-based events ... regardless of whether the computing device includes or is coupled to a touchscreen."

Though this patent seems to suggest Google is taking Android closer to the desktop/laptop area, judging by the patent, we'd say it's more likely Google's focus with this patent is on laptop-dock type devices that would see an Android phone dock to a companion notebook with the phone itself as a trackpad or input device.

It's thought that Android 5.0, also known as Jelly Bean, will be unveiled at Google I/O this summer, so perhaps we'll hear more about Google's plans for Android and the desktop/laptop then.

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    madjimms , February 24, 2012 10:22 PM
    Patent Trololol...
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    joytech22 , February 24, 2012 10:42 PM
    madjimmsPatent Trololol...


    Well no, not this time..
    It looks like this time it's legit.
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    makafri , February 24, 2012 10:48 PM
    I would like a partition with android on my pc for sure :) 
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    funguseater , February 24, 2012 11:39 PM
    Hmmm wonder if this has anything to do with iOS coming to OSX... oh boy more lawsuits...
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    pjmelect , February 25, 2012 12:41 AM
    Does not this patent describe Windows 8?
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    pjmelect , February 25, 2012 12:45 AM
    This patent describes Windows 8, The patent system is broken, I think that the lawyers will become very rich.
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    CKKwan , February 25, 2012 2:23 AM
    IIRC, more than 10 years ago, there were touch pad that emulate a double click when we touch it with 2 fingers.
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    onyx_64 , February 25, 2012 6:14 AM
    wow.. so there is a patent that apple actually missed to file?!
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    guardianangel42 , February 25, 2012 9:17 AM
    Now google's just getting arrogant.
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    cookoy , February 25, 2012 9:49 AM
    No need to have a touchscreen monitor for a desktop PC then. But on a desktop PC or notebook i still prefer to use a mouse to navigate rather than using the touchpad (built-in or via external device)
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    southernshark , February 25, 2012 12:04 PM
    Makes a lot more sense than that shitty Chrome.
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    scannall , February 25, 2012 12:59 PM
    Wow, that would be a train wreck. It's a fragmented mess now, kind of reminding me of another 'free' OS that really doesn't work for most people. Do we really want another one of those?
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    freggo , February 25, 2012 1:38 PM
    That's the nice thing about a big fat bank account.
    You just roll out all sorts of s%$t and see which ones take off.
    Than you write off those that crashed and burned.

    Let's keep in mind that -Example VHS- it is not always the 'best' technology that gets accepted by the market.
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    Grizely1 , February 25, 2012 2:19 PM
    Hahahaha. I hope they do bring it to desktop so it fails miserably. Android is terrible. Google's coders are the worst, the only ones worse than microsoft's. An Android PC would be the most useless lump of resistors, capacitors, conductors, inductors, and transistors the world has ever seen.
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    snowzsan , February 25, 2012 7:02 PM
    Grizely1Hahahaha. I hope they do bring it to desktop so it fails miserably. Android is terrible. Google's coders are the worst, the only ones worse than microsoft's. An Android PC would be the most useless lump of resistors, capacitors, conductors, inductors, and transistors the world has ever seen.


    Yes, because Microsoft is SO terrible... Grow up, hipster.

    Anyway I think the concept could be very cool. It'd be nice to have another competitor in the market just to give us some more options. I love Windows, not a huge fan of OSX, and I couldn't be bothered with Linux (not because it's bad, simply because I don't have the time to sit down and figure it all out again.) but Android has received a lot of praise from cellphone customers everywhere and I figure, why not take it back to where it was developed? The PC!

    It'll be fun if this all goes through without a hitch or a lawsuit.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2012 1:56 AM
    Actuallly, I am using a trackpad now... The one apple released a long while ago.
    http://www.apple.com/magictrackpad/
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    Grizely1 , June 12, 2013 3:34 PM
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    Yes, because Microsoft is SO terrible... Grow up, hipster.

    Anyway I think the concept could be very cool. It'd be nice to have another competitor in the market just to give us some more options. I love Windows, not a huge fan of OSX, and I couldn't be bothered with Linux (not because it's bad, simply because I don't have the time to sit down and figure it all out again.) but Android has received a lot of praise from cellphone customers everywhere and I figure, why not take it back to where it was developed? The PC!

    It'll be fun if this all goes through without a hitch or a lawsuit.


    I am no hipster, you fool. I work in industry, I know the globe run on Microsoft. And I stand by everything I said.

    Just got an S4 and it's just as badly coded as the S1 was. Not to mention the spelling of "dialling" (dialing) and "revese" (I believe they meant to have it say "reverse"). But that's just nitpicking.