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Microsoft has been working on the Surface Phone for a while now but we haven’t heard any official announcements yet. That said, the company has filed several patents recently which give us a peek into what might be the upcoming Surface Phone.
The company has recently filed another patent which shows how it will handle dual-display devices. The major issue with having two displays is not knowing which display is being used by the user. This will, in return cause the device to use up more battery as it will be showing everything on two different displays. However, Microsoft seems to have found a workaround. The company filed a patent back in 2016 which was recently published online. The patent shows how Microsoft plans to identify which display is being used by the user and maybe turn off the other display to save power.
A mobile computing device is provided that includes a processor, an accelerometer, two or more display devices, and a housing including the processor, the accelerometer, and the two or more display devices, determine a current user focus indicating that a first display device of the pair of display devices is being viewed by the user, and that a second display device of the pair of display devices is not being viewed by the user, detect a signature gesture input based on accelerometer data received via the accelerometer detecting that the mobile computing device has been rotated more than a threshold degree, determine that the current user focus has changed from the first display device to the second display device based on at least detecting the signature gesture input, and perform a predetermined action based on the current user focus.
It looks like Microsoft might have found the perfect way to fix the issue. Although, it’s still just a patent and we don’t know how well it will perform in real life situations. If you’re interested then you can head to Free Patents Online or click here to check out the full patent.