As you know, Microsoft has completed the development of the Windows Phone project. But this does not mean that in the future it is impossible to hope for the emergence of a smartphone from the software giant. Moreover, the web has a new message, indicating the likelihood of the company’s announcement of a new, very unusual mobile device.
Microsoft may have already completed work on the design and other details of its upcoming Andromeda Surface Phone / Mobile device, which was considered earlier , which was shown by a patent from Microsoft. It became known not only how it will look (thanks to 3D renderings), but also some of its other features – two OLED displays and a modified USB type C port. Recently a new message appeared on the web indicating the probability of the novelty announcement, which was in more detail reviewed by Nyan (Nayan) a note published by thewincentral.com in the context of additional details provided by Victor on the pages of the resource gsmarena.com .
It seems logical that Microsoft can also work on other aspects of the ecosystem and support its future device. Microsoft’s Walking Cat enthusiast has posted an additional detail on Twitter , which may be a sign of the software giant’s work on the application collection for its Surface Phone / Mobile novelty not yet shown to the general public.
The number 8828080 appears in different places in the Windows build code. And not only as a version of Windows, but also as a family of devices. It is interesting to note that this number is part of Microsoft’s phone number.
Thus, Windows 8828080 is considered as Andromeda OS, and also as a device running Andromeda, which on the Web is often called Surface Phone / Mobile.
A new message about the upcoming mobile device from the software giant Microsoft is especially interesting in the context of the fact that the company officially terminated the development of Windows Phone. Many users could start to imagine that Microsoft generally decided to leave the mobile market.
But WalkingCat found in the Microsoft Store page, which is an “application hub” (“App Hub”) and related to the code:
"pageName":"Apps hub for 8828080"
What can be the new device from Microsoft? Based on earlier “design leaks”, there is an idea of a folding mobile device, similar to a laptop, code-named “Andromeda”.
More “tooltips” related to the device appeared in the application code Whiteboard and Journal. Functionality involves working on a device in the style of a laptop with two “pages” – right and left. This may mean that the novelty will, as previously believed, have two screens. To date, it is still difficult to guess whether the new Andromeda will have the functionality of the phone, that is, support for SIM cards and the ability to dial telephone numbers. Therefore, it is impossible to conclude now that the novelty will become the further development of smartphones offered by the software giant.
It is also expected that the new device Surface Mobile will be characterized by support for the most advanced (at the time of its debut) version of the Continuum function. In Continuum mode, it will be possible to work with Win32 applications as well as on the full version of Windows 10.
As already noted above, the novelty is likely to be equipped with two connected displays that can work as a single display in the tablet PC mode. In the folded state (Mobile Mode), displays will work as various screens, providing a mode of operation that is typical for a modern smartphone.
It is also noted that the new device Surface Mobile will be designed primarily for businesses. They will be supported by Surface Pen to create notes. An application for creating notes (Note) is likely to be called Journal. It is specially designed for two folding displays, providing new multitasking capabilities. Support for new handwritten notes is one of the most important features of the upcoming mobile device.
Surface Mobile will also have advanced multitasking functionality, which allows using two interconnected displays as a novelty advantage. The main distinguishing feature – the ability to quickly switch between tablet and Mobile modes. The main screen and other user interface elements will adapt to the tablet and Mobile modes.
It is also expected that Microsoft is working on optimizing its suite of Office applications to work with a dual display to take advantage of new multitasking capabilities. Not only the application for creating notes, but also Office applications will also be able to work in tablet and Mobile modes. Surface Pen and its handwriting capabilities will be the main function of new office applications.
The foldable mobile device, which Microsoft works on, may be released in 2018. For a long time, there have been rumors that the Surface Phone will be characterized by a folding design. It is also reported about the likelihood of the appearance in 2018 of mobile devices running Windows OS from the leading vendors of the industry.