Remember the days when you nagged and pleaded for your mom to get off the phone, since you were supposed to be calling your SO at a specific time? No? Well that happened, way back in the early days of landlines. Technology has advanced quite a bit since then, but even now with modern day cell-phone technology, there is still no way to call 2 people separately, with one device.
But times they are a-changin’, and Qualcomm has just filed 2 new patents looking to make the technology a reality. The specifics are a bit complicated, but the tech works by connecting a bluetooth compatible headset or device to your phone which has it’s own speaker and microphone, and utilizing the hardware on that device to allow for a separate call. While most people have their own smartphone at this point, there are use cases where this could come in useful, including letting a family member or friend make a call while you are in a long business call, or calling 2 family members at once on Christmas day.
To quote the patents directly:
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the first input/output device is an onboard microphone/speaker of the MSMA device and the second input/output device is a remote device.
3. The method of claim 2, wherein the remote device is one of a headset and another computing device wirelessly coupled to the MSMA device.
Exactly when this technology is coming is still unknown, but it seems pretty promising.
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