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Microsoft Designer Hints at Surface Phone Through Courier Resurrection

By Radu Iorga

Remember the Microsoft Courier? The ill fated tablet/e-reader got canned in 2012, back when such a foldable machine could have ruled the market. The iPad was still young and prone to get beaten, but Steve Ballmer couldn’t see it. Fast forward to 2018 and the Courier may have just inspired the Surface Phone/Andromeda. Hints were dropped during a recent conference.

We’ve seen ridiculous leaks over the past year, with crazy hinges patented, as well as 3 display devices. Microsoft is really trying to come up with something special, even though proof is seldom found about the device. The Redmond giant held the BUILD 2018 conference earlier this month and during it there was a moment when Microsoft designer Jon Friedman briefly discussed the Courier and its cancellation.

Why would he bring it up, except to make it come to life, right? The Courier was ahead of its time, with two displays, the ability to fold in and out, but Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 couldn’t cope with it back then. The device came with stylus support, which made it ideal for note taking, so that’s another bummer. The fact that people at Microsoft are still talking about a project from 6 years ago means that they really saw something special in it.

The Surface Phone/Andromeda may draw heavy inspiration from that device, this time with Windows 10 on board. The latest rumors say that the Surface Phone could end up running a full version of Windows 10, making it fully compatible with the Microsoft OS and accessories. We still don’t know when it will come, but IFA 2018 feels like a safe bet. You know what would be nice? Snapdragon 845 on board and Windows 10 S with a huge battery life.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Hints That Mobile Device Investments Are Still Alive

By James A.

During a recent talk with investors, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discussed the future opportunities that the company has in its multiple sections. Windows Phone has basically been canned, but other mobile opportunities are coming.

Mr. Nadella spoke during the April Conference Call, that may preface what we will see during next week’s BUILD event. The conference included a quote from the Microsoft main man, saying that the company’s strengths rely on first party and third party experiences. Platform investments are mentioned, cloud enhancing with AI and the possibility for developers to build and monetize games on PC, console and mobile

That doesn’t mean much and one could read anything in Nadella’s words. “Mobile devices” may mean anything right now, from phones to tablets, ARM devices and laptops. Microsoft actually had a good quarter over the past months, with a 16% increase of quarterly revenue. Multiple patent leaks have shown that Microsoft is indeed working on something special for mobile, a dual screen foldable device, that may work as both a phone and tablet.

Last I heard, the Surface Phone will be based on the Windows Core OS, or Andromeda OS. It’s supposed to be a new flavour of Windows 10, compatible with any form factor. I guess that we’ll know more in about a week. Details about Redstone 5 may also appear, plus new Surface devices.

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Surface Phone Might Happen After All; Mobile Related APIs Show Up in Windows 10 Redstone 5

By Claudiu Sima

One of the most interesting phone we’re hearing news over and over again is Microsoft Surface Phone, product that received a lot of leaks, mostly being patents published by the IT company. Now we finally have some hard proof, that one being that Microsoft included mobile related APIs in the latest Windows 10 Redstone 5.

This introduction arrives after about a year ago when the mobile APIs were completely removed from Windows 10 Update Fall Creators, which disappointed some users thinking that Surface Phone would not happen. Now with their deployment in the latest release of Windows 10, hope appears on the horizon.

According to sone information leaked online, these APIs allow a dialer software, the ability to block calls, make video calls, and other tasks that are usually associated with a mobile operating system. It would not make sense on a laptop or tablet with Windows 10, so the only possibility is that Microsoft will return to the smartphone segment.

If Microsoft Surface Phone becomes official, we will get top-of-the-range features and a clamshell design that reminds of ZTE Axon M with two displays There are also special designs that involve folding panels, but for the moment I do not think that will be the case.

According to some rumors, Microsoft’s Surface Phone launch might happen in less than 3 weeks during Build 2018 conference.

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Microsoft Brings Back the Back Touch for Surface Phone

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft seems ready to bring back a pretty old school input method, that involves touching the back side of a device. The so called “Back Touch” is being mentioned in patents associated to the potential Surface Phone.

It all started years ago, when the Microsoft user interface researchers hinted at a better use of a device’s back, aside from covering the battery. One could use the back surface of a phone as a touch sensitive area, in order to control what’s happening on the screen. It’s already happening actually, as the fingerprint scanner on quite a few smartphones can be touched and swiped on to pull down the notification area.

Microsoft doesn’t have a phone to currently implement the ideas, but it’s prepping the Andromeda. Christian Klein and other Microsoft researchers figured out that in some configurations a folded Surface Phone could offer a touch sensitive area on the back side. This lead to the creation of a patent for a “Gesture Language for a Device With Multiple Touch Surfaces”.

The patent mentions that there could also be a secondary screen at the back. It details a “surface that is opposite the primary display”. Scroll and swipe gestures are also mentioned, while the device is firmly gripped by the hand. I find this useful particularly for scrolling text or websites.

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Microsoft’s Foldable Andromeda Device Could Debut This Spring

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has managed to capture many headlines over the past months, simply by patenting technologies, that are supposedly related to a so called Surface Phone, also known as the Andromeda. Now we learn a potential debut date or maybe a time frame for more serious teasers: this Spring.

I have to admit we suspected such a thing, since the Spring is usually the time of the BUILD event, where a new release of Windows is sometimes showcased. Windows Core OS may just come this year, together with the Surface Phone/Andromeda. Redstone 5 is also in the cards. The rumor has yet to be confirmed by valid sources, which even mention that the device is coming before or after BUILD, so not exactly there.

The way the development evolves will decide if it’s ready in time or not. Expect a dual screen smartphone here, or maybe a foldable tablet, which will make it to the market in the second half of the year. Microsoft has already patented a slew of aspects of the device, like a new type of hinge, a dual display machine and a foldable slate. It’ll probably end up as a 3 in 1 machine, which can be a phone, tablet or laptop in tent mode.

Patent applications have shown how the device could swap from one format to the other and the factor will depend on the position and angle of the screens. Before we see an actual release we may see a prototype showcasing behind the scenes, so leaks are our best hope for this Spring. By the way, we ARE actually in Spring mode right now, you know that?

For some reason the foldable format has yet to convince me. I call DOA for this unit.

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