Google's Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" to Feature Laptop Docking Options

By Gary Cutlack on at

Forensic detective work conducted on last week's Android 5.0 news has come to the conclusion that Google may be planning to integrate a laptop docking system and dual OS versions within its next Android release.

The idea being that your phone, when plugged into a compatible cradle or dock, would then become your laptop, thanks to a sort of "instant switch" option that gives you a completely new setup when docked. Like having tablet and mobile versions of Android both at your beck and call, in fact.

It also sounds quite a lot like Motorola's dream when it launched its Atrix, complete with a huge array of accessories, only much more likely to achieve critical mass thanks to having Google's clout behind it. And in fact, since Google just bought Motorola, there's now plenty of laptop-docking knowhow sloshing around the company, courtesy of the Atrix development team.

This rumour comes courtesy of mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin, who says that previous gossip of Windows 8 dual-booting with Android 5.0 are "in the realm of science fiction," but that some sort of quick-switching laptop mode that includes elements of Google's Chrome OS could well be nearer the mark. [Unwired View]