Microsoft is always working on new hardware, and thanks a whole bunch of leaks spanning all the back to 2017, we know that we can expect to see at least some of that new hardware within the next 12 months. Everything from a new 10-inch Surface tablet, to a mythical dual-screen mobile pocket PC codenamed Andromeda. Here's everything Microsoft is currently working on for release over the next year or two. Surface "Andromeda" (2018) Microsoft's secret Andromeda project is something we first learned about towards the end of 2017. It's a dual-screen, mobile pocket PC that's designed to look and feel a little like a digital journal. According to our sources, Andromeda is one of Microsoft's first shipping products to use the new Windows Core OS modular base of Windows 10, along with a new shell experience dubbed "Andromeda OS" using CShell. We can expect to see this device announced towards the end of this year. It is widely expected that this device is going to be Microsoft's "re-entry" into … [Read more...] about Everything we know about upcoming Microsoft Surface and Xbox hardware
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WhatsApp is one of few developers that consistently delivered updates to its Windows Phone app, but a report by Windows Central suggests WhatsApp is actually getting ready to deliver a proper desktop app as well. Cncept art for a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of WhatsApp showed up on Behance before being promptly removed. It appeared to be anative Windows app with UWP design tenets like acrylic transparency. Furthermore, a description of the project suggested Microsoft and WhatsApp were working closely on the project. Rewinding a bit, WhatsApp does already have an app for the desktop, but it’s basically just a port of the company’s web app. While the web app is pretty functional, it misses out on important features like voice and video calling. This UWP project, on the other hand, clearly shows buttons necessary for calls. It also just looks a lot nicer. That said, as far as we can tell the app would still require being linked to your phone – it seems … [Read more...] about WhatsApp might be working on a ‘real’ Windows app ahead of the Surface Phone
It looks like Microsoft is continuing to work on its oft-rumored Surface Phone, with code found in the newly-released Windows 10 17672 SDK making reference to a “Factory OS Andromeda Device”.The code, which was found by Twitter user WalkingCat, suggests that not only is Microsoft working on the Surface Phone, but that progress could be quite advanced, perhaps with a final version of the hardware ready to be tested internally.Of course, a lot of this is guesswork based on some lines of code in Windows 10, but for many people the prospect of Microsoft continuing to work on a smartphone/laptop hybrid, and fully realising Windows 10’s mobile ambitions, is an exciting one.What is Andromeda?The Andromeda OS that the code refers to is an upcoming version of Windows 10 that will be a modular operating system, allowing Microsoft to add or remove features that are tailored specifically to the device the software will be running on.This follows rumors we’ve heard that the … [Read more...] about New Windows 10 code may hint at upcoming Surface Phone
Since the original iPhone launched back in 2007, smartphone designs haven't really changed that much. However, industry experts are convinced we're about to see a major shake-up of phone design, with foldable smartphones becoming the next big thing. And we don’t mean the flip phone varieties that were all the rage in the ‘90s. No, think smartphones with bendable screens that allow them to fold right in half. Every major phone maker has some kind of patent or rumour surrounding foldable phone plans. Yes, even Apple. With that, here’s a definitive list on the sci-fi handsets. Samsung Galaxy X Korean phone company Samsung has been rumoured to be launching a foldable smartphone called the Galaxy X for some time thanks to a massive leak that revealed its potential release date. According to a rumour, the bendy device is set to be unveiled in February next year and if accurate, could take the stage at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 trade show, which happens annually … [Read more...] about Top 6 foldable smartphones you could buy soon – Apple, Samsung and Microsoft’s bendy blowers are incoming
A year ago Microsoft removed phone-related API's from Windows 10 builds. This basically solidified that they were shifting focus away from having any software developed for a unified Windows running across devices. The interface would be needed for a Windows device with LTE connection to perform phone-style tasks like making calls, using voicemail and sending messages. Users who were hoping for a Windows PC phone were sadly let down here. Microsoft has brought it back, for now..Well it appears now Microsoft has placed the mobile API's back into Windows in Redstone 5. Redstone 5 will be the Fall Creators update for 2018. This has re-ignited speculation that Microsoft may be planning to release the rumored Surface Phone at the end of this year. Now to be clear, this rumor has circulated every year, for several years now. Some say Microsoft's Project Andromeda may be the Surface Phone, while others say they are two different devices. What is an API? In the most basic of … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Phone still in the cards
For the past week or so, I’ve been using a computer to work from a train, at a park, and in a coffee shop. That’s all pretty normal, but what’s been unique about this past week is I haven’t had to connect to Wi-Fi or bother setting up a hot spot on my phone once, thanks to this computer’s built-in LTE connection. Wherever I’ve gone, the internet has followed. Finding a laptop that has both a built-in cellular connection and a modern design and feature set (aka something you actually want to use every day) hasn’t been easy. Every PC or laptop with a cellular connection has been for the business crowd, with clunky designs and outdated features. The other main option has been an iPad Pro with LTE, something that may not meet your actual computing needs. But laptops with LTE are poised to become a serious thing this year, as devices running Qualcomm’s Always Connected PC platform are expected to hit shelves any week now. Until they arrive, we … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Pro LTE review: the true mobile computer is here
When Apple decided to do away with every port on its new MacBook – including the power port – apart from a single USB Type-C, the internet balked that it had gone too far. ‘USB Type-C is the future!’ Apple protested. ‘Yes,’ said everyone else, ‘but we still need more than one!’. And thus began dongle life for many a tech nerd. Despite this aggressive and frankly bad choice, Apple is right in stating that USB Type-C is the future. In fact, it’s very rapidly becoming the present. In the last few months, USB Type-C powered devices have begun to clutter up my home (a Galaxy S8, a GPD Pocket, the Nintendo Switch) and I’m rapidly finding less and less use for my old micro USB cables. My recent ‘long-haul survival kit’. A lot of USB Type-C there! We’re definitely at a turning point and in fact we’re already at the stage where micro USB is starting to feel a little old-hat. And that’s because USB Type-C … [Read more...] about Why are some OEMs still shipping phones with micro USB?
posted on 29 Jan 2018, 04:04 4 1. GreenMan (Posts: 2221; Member since: 09 Nov 2015) Seems like the manpower that once worked on Windows 10 Mobile is now onto Microsoft Apps and the launcher for Android. posted on 29 Jan 2018, 05:53 0 4. Cat97 (Posts: 773; Member since: 02 Mar 2017) After all these apps are complete, the only thing Microsoft has to do is to release their own version of Android with their own app store. Maybe the Surface Phone will do just that...:) posted on 29 Jan 2018, 06:50 0 5. Sparkxster (Posts: 319; Member since: 31 Mar 2017) I'd say that Microsoft launcher is pretty minimalistic while at the same time being feature rich and I like it that way. posted on 29 Jan 2018, 04:09 3 2. JAMALGANDU (Posts: 138; Member since: 29 Jan 2018) Have been using microsoft launcher on my xiaomi a1 for 1 months can confirm its a good launcher posted on 29 Jan 2018, 08:48 0 6. Settings (Posts: 2739; Member since: 02 Jul 2014) A launcher better … [Read more...] about Comments for : Microsoft Launcher scores a handful of optimizations and improvements in the latest update
There are many new owners of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book these days who have lots of questions. Don't forget, there are some users jumping from the Apple world to Windows and with that there is lot to catch up on from the last two years. One question we see a lot and one that will cause constant debate is whether or not you should install Windows Insider builds to either device (or any new PC for that matter). Today, we're going to take a look at the pros and cons of becoming an insider with a new Surface. On the face of it, many of you will rightly point out that for your main PC installing a beta version of the OS is never a good idea. This advice is something we stand behind and have been advocating even for Windows Phone users early on (the latest build, however, is borderline due to the increased stability). Still, what about users who use the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book often, but don't necessarily rely on it 24/7? Are there benefits in using the latest version of … [Read more...] about Should you install Windows Insider builds to the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4?
posted on 07 Jan 2018, 12:55 7 1. Diego! (Posts: 791; Member since: 15 Jun 2009) After the fiasco of Windows Phone 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Mobile 10, with completely lack of support, I'm not buying a Microsoft phone ever again. I'm looking forward to Samsung Galaxy X. posted on 07 Jan 2018, 13:13 11 3. Subie (Posts: 1614; Member since: 01 Aug 2015) The Lumia 650 will be two years old next month. It's a cheap entry level phone, and yet I'm still getting updates directly from Microsoft. I received the fall creators update last month, and a new security update the other day. So I wouldn't say "completely" when talking about lack of support. How many $99 dollar Android phones get OS support for two years or more... posted on 07 Jan 2018, 13:56 1 7. sgodsell (Posts: 5831; Member since: 16 Mar 2013) A number of them do. Motorola still updates their lower priced smartphones. For up to 2 years. As far as the Lumia 650 is concerned. It was a lot more than $99 … [Read more...] about Comments for : Microsoft engineer in China says that there will be a Surface Phone before editing his comments