Samsung on smartphones with two operating systems
Vlad Dudau at Neowin wrote:
According to a South Korean patent that Samsung applied for back in 2015, the company is looking at marrying Android and Windows Mobile in the same device. The two operating systems would co-exist and be used at the same time, with the user capable of minimizing each of them like a regular app. Shared folders and resources could also be set up so that both operating systems have access to them, and their performance could be manually limited by tweaking their access to the CPU, RAM and storage.
Multi-OS systems never caught on in smartphones because of the very limited resources of our devices. But seeing as phone specs are getting more and more extravagant, we might soon have the chance to see some powerful dual-booting handsets.
That being said, don’t hold your breath for an Android and Windows Mobile-powered Galaxy S8. As usual, patents don’t necessarily point to existing products, and such a product may never actually reach markets.
The patent seems to play around with the idea of “convergence”, but from a different angle. But while interesting and potentially useful, it is, first and foremost, simply an idea that will undoubtedly run into technical and legal limitations. A setup like this will need to have monster specs, including around 6 to 8 GB of RAM. And then there’s the thorny issue of neither Microsoft nor Google wanting to share the same bed, which is why devices like the ATIV Q never made it to market.
**Separately, note EP2849367 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSCEIVING DATA USING PLURALITY OF CARRIERS IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM