Surface Phone Rumors: Microsoft Working on the Device, Codenames it as 'Andromeda'

Microsoft reportedly working on Courier-like device for taking digital ...
Microsoft working on 'Andromeda' foldable device with Apple Pencil-like stylus: Report
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31 October, 2017

In fact, the sources told Windows Central that the device could allow you to place and receive calls. Rather than replacing your laptop, Andromeda would, instead, replace your phone by offering a foldable tablet with the capability to send texts and make phone calls.

AdDuplex's reports show that the update is now running on 5.3% of all Windows 10 PCs and the original Creators Update is powering 74.6% of the systems. Eight years later, Microsoft could soon be making the Courier a reality.

Microsoft is working on a new Surface device that could deliver a foldable design, according to a new report.

It will run on an ARM-based chipset, which Microsoft has been hard at work developing mainly for laptops, and because it's essentially running Windows 10, traditional desktop apps will work, too.

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Apparently, Microsoft is working on a Courier version that might actually make it to stores. Microsoft's OneNote will of course be tied to that setup, offering users a journal-like interface that mimics a real notebook, complete with flipping pages. However, it is suspected that it could be a pen-based foldable PC with phone capabilities, which is in line with Microsoft CEO's statement a year ago, saying that, while the company is not done with the mobile phone market, its next mobile device will not look like the smartphones of today.

There are a number of other Microsoft apps and services beyond the obvious email and calendaring, that could make sense on a foldable mobile device. And Microsoft's back-end business-intelligence services could bring real-time analytics right to users' foldable devices - just like in those futuristic Microsoft envisioning videos. The report didn't mention as to when this new device will hit the market.

So, what exactly is this Andromeda device and why should you care? The Andromeda would make practical use of digital pen and ink. I'm not sure I can go back to a device where a pen is the primary input method, no matter how portable it is - and regardless of all the studies showing handwriting notes helps people remember them far better than typing. I'm unable to verify if the device will be able to run Win32 programs.


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