Qualcomm Might Let You Call 2 People On One Device, Simutaneously
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.