Google Chromebook with dock-able Android device could be in the works

by: Edgar CervantesMay 19, 2014

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Concepts like ASUS’ Transformer and Padfone series are great conversation-starters and very unique apparatuses. The idea of having multiple components/devices, and being able to make them work together is certainly engrossing – but is it what we are looking for? It appears Google is willing to bet on it.

The Search Giant was granted US patent #8,649,821 last February. It revolves around a concept of a phone docking into a laptop computer. But this is unlike what we have seen in the past.

How is Google’s concept different?

Of course, we can assume Google would use Android and Chrome OS as the main platforms in this project. But how could this make any sense? Other manufacturers have made the smartphone the brains of the contraption. The tablet, laptop dock and any other components simply take the phone’s processing power and storage.


Their larger screens become a form of extension to the smartphone, if you will. Google’s new combo would work the opposite way – both devices would work separately and take advantage only of the parts they need from each other. For example, the laptop would be able to use the cellphone’s cellular antennas for data; or the phone could act as a speaker/microphone for the laptop’s VOIP calls. Likewise, the phone could take advantage of the laptop’s speakers and battery.


Android and Chrome OS working together?

If our assumptions are correct, Google would create a connection between both platforms, allowing them to work seamlessly. It’s assumed this device would not use microUSB to create this connection, so it would take advantage of some form of proprietary connector.

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Aside from all the technical factors, though, how well can Android and Chrome OS work in tandem? In essence, this would be more of a hardware partnership than it would be a software crossover. They would just code both devices to take advantage of each others parts. There would also not be much of a need for storage sharing, as Chromebooks work mostly in the cloud. This means files could be shared via Google Drive, Music, Photos and the like. Regardless, this may be a step into a long-rumored future where Android and Chrome OS either work amazingly close or become one.

Don’t get your hopes up, though. This is nothing but a patent filing. Such device(s) could be announced soon, in a long time, or never.

  • poop

    But we’re all hoping it’s sooner or later rather than never.

  • Jesse Afolabi

    it would be amazing if google makes this work….looking forward to the future of android/chromeOS

    • Keg Man

      the sooner they do, the closer they come to world domination

  • Daniel Francis

    If I have a quad core S4, which is the more than my Microsoft laptop. Then why do I need a tablet or chromebook to do anything? It has the ability to deal with everyday and all Android games I’ve found. All we need is a tablet, or laptop that you can slot your android phone into that provides a larger screen and if you want a keyboard. Ideally with extra battery like the Transformer. This Japanese company have tried it, with some success buy it’s not quite there yet:

    We have the power in our phones. We just need need the periferals make them awesome!

    • wat

      Some people need more than mobile games, a web browser and word processing software. Admittedly it is few, probably 5% of computing users.

    • Keg Man

      based on my limited knowledge, a quad core phone is no where near a quad core desktop. I assume a laptop is somewhere in between

  • Fabian Taveras

    Didn’t the atrix do something similar to this?

  • Fer

    A lagtop

    • Salman Thaw

      LOL. Not sure if you’re trolling or not, but that’s actually a funny line.

      • Fer

        A bit of both

  • Otto Andersson

    This is a good way to make chrome books a lot more useful. I still prefer the idea of having a Linux Os on my phone that becomes a full independent desktop when hooked up to a monitor or docking station.

  • wat

    Already exists

  • Shark Bait

    I love my chrome book, and the one feature I want is more integration with my phone. Personally I don’t care for a physical link, but an invisable one would be great.
    With just a tap of NFC, I’d like to be able to text off my chrome book, WiFi tethering and also use it like a remote desktop, I could still use android apps and games, but running off my Phone, simply mirrored to my Chromebook.
    I think this could be a killer feature to attract some of the millions of android users, as well as opening up chrome os to the millions of phones out there!! Its also kind of a work around for those people who cry about it not working offline

    • V-Phuc

      Chromebooks in their current form are just too weak for any serious game. For any other stuff, they’re OK.

  • Ashley Johnson
  • szig00

    Looks like the Motorola Lapdock – which users, included this writer, loved but Motorola crapped out on. After my experience with the Lapdock it’ll be a long time before I put down a couple hundred bucks on a phone extender.