This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
It has been revealed that Microsoft has applied for a patent that allows for pseudo-touch control on laptops without a touchscreen.
The January 2020 patent, “USING AN ALTERNATE INPUT DEVICE AS A MANEUVERABLE EMULATED TOUCH SCREEN DEVICE” suggests the simple and straightforward solution of entering a mode where your trackpad pretends to be a touch screen, delivering touch inputs to apps as if you are touching the screen instead of trying to control the cursor.
In general, however, the trackpad is much smaller than the display. The MS's solution is to move the box, or input area, on the screen with a two-finger swipe. This allows you to specify where you want to enter touch input.
This solution is not expected to be suitable to touch the entire wide display. But if you combine it with the new features of Your Phone app that MS announced at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2020, it's a different story.
The event revealed a new feature that will allow up to five Android apps in the Galaxy to operate on the Windows desktop when Windows 10 is linked to a compatible Galaxy series device. It is not expected to be realized until the second half of this year, and will not be available on other companies' smartphones for a while, but it is MS's customary practice to first support Samsung products before expanding the range of supported devices.
If these two new innovations are combined, it's possible that you'll eventually be able to switch between the Android apps you're used to using on your Windows 10 PC, one after the other, and operate them with your usual touch sensibilities.
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