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Ever had the frustration of trying to switch what you're watching from one device to another? Google might just have the answer to your problem. Their new patent, "Multi-Device Awareness for Casting and Content Delivery," (No. US20230305788A1) might be the key to making this process smoother and less tiresome.
This patent talks about a method that will enable you to move what you're viewing on one device to another device. Consider this: if you're watching something on your phone and you want it to transfer to your television, all you need to do is lift your second device – in this instance, a television remote. The first device – the phone, detects it, indicating a sign to move the content to the second device.
Why is it so critical?
Sounds simple, right? But trust us, it's no mean feat. Sifting through various menus, scanning for and detecting compatible devices, sharing, mirroring, and controlling content using your devices can deter even the most tech-savvy amongst us from enjoying the full benefits of their devices. This complexity can lead to many people not utilizing the streaming features to their maximum potential, creating a gap in the user experience.
So, how does Google intend to bridge this gap?
The solution proposed in the patent is to simplify the process of transferring content. It does this by using sensors on your devices to detect movements. The minute you lift your second device, the sensors in your primary device note it and act as a trigger to move your content over to the second device. For example, think of your phone and Google's Chromecast. When you lift your phone while using Chromecast, it will trigger a switch in content delivery from the phone to the Chromecast-enabled TV.
How will it change our lives?
Imagine you're engrossed in watching a documentary on your tablet. Have to switch rooms? No need to pause, relocate, and re-set up everything. You simply pick up your second device – say the upstairs TV remote – your tablet "sees" it, and hey presto! Your gripping documentary swiftly moves from your tablet to your television upstairs.
In another instance, let's think you're watching a recipe video on your phone during dinner prep in the kitchen. Want to see it on a bigger screen? Simply lift your smart TV remote and your recipe is instantly on the television, making it easier for you to follow along and whip up a delectable meal.
These real-life examples sound convenient, right? But let's remember – this is just a patent. It's a blueprint for a future product or update. It might be part of the next big update to Google Chromecast – or it may never see the light of day. Whatever happens, we'll be watching with bated breath to see if Google can simplify this universal problem amongst tech users.