Foldable Windows 10 devices are the future of mobile computing

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Microsoft Andromeda with Office app

It’s no longer a secret that Microsoft and the OEM
partners are working on foldable mobile devices with Windows
10. Microsoft is thinking beyond mobile, and the company’s next
won’t be a smartphone as we know today.

The death of the smartphone is closer than you think, and last
year Microsoft itself said that the smartphone is dead, it’s
just that the people haven’t realized.

We’ve seen numerous concepts and patents confirming the
existence of mythical Surface Phone (Andromeda). The rumours of
Microsoft’s alleged Surface Phone have gained pace over the
past few months, and a new report earlier this week revealed
that
Dell is also developing its own alternative to Surface
Phone.

The smartphone is dead, but the people haven’t realised it yet.
The phone is indeed driving Apple’s mobile business but it will
decline in the coming years.

Most modern flagships are built with insane specs, and the
people are still buying them.

Walk around any phone store, you’ll find rows of similar
looking rectangular shaped smartphones.

Do you think people will ditch their existing smartphone and
buy a Microsoft-branded phone with more or less same features?
Probably not.

The smartphones are boring

Lumia 950 vs iPhone 6
Image Courtesy: AAWP

The phones from Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Huawei don’t look
radically different from their predecessors. Has the
mobile phone world run out of ideas? Yes.

The smartphone is dead, it can get better, but it’ll never be
innovative again. Smartphone won’t be wiped out, it’ll continue
to exist, people will shop for phones. Smartphones, as we
know them today, will be completely dead in the coming years.

It’s time for new ideas and innovative hardware.

In the coming months or years, we might find a rise of foldable
devices like Microsoft Surface Phone (Andromeda) and Samsung
Galaxy X but this does not make the smartphone obsolete like
many.

Innovation in smartphones will come in areas, starting with
foldable devices

Microsoft Andromeda sides

The future of smartphone is folding. We know that. But it also
depends on the software. While we have no clue of Apple’s
future devices, the foldable phones with today’s Android is
never going to be productive.

ZTE introduced the Axon M at CES and it calls it the first
phone in “a new smartphone category.” That category is folding.

ZTE Axon M runs Android and it’s intriguing but came away with
a lot of concerns, among them, how can it be a more productive
device than the other phones with that same software?

The problem isn’t the tech. It’s the software. Or maybe people
don’t need a folding phone with Android. The software is one of
the reasons why the
market for both Android and Windows tablets barely exists.
Both OSes are okay (Windows 10 is somewhat better and
productive) but there isn’t anything about it that truly
sets it apart from a phone.

Do we really need—or even want—a foldable phone? Yes, but not
with Android.

Microsoft’s Windows Core OS will play a big role

Windows Core OS

We know that Microsoft is working on a modular version of
Windows 10 operating system and people familiar with the
development believe that this could be the future of Windows.

Windows Core OS will be modular, more mobile but not at
expense of features or productivity. Foldable phones with this
version of Windows would bring much to the table when it comes
to ergonomics or useability.

Would it be cool, productive and innovative? Yes.

Why do you need a foldable Surface Phone?

Microsoft in a patent recently explained that the dual-display
device is useful because it can also offer larger display to
provide a richer user experience.

Microsoft Andromeda desktop mode

“With a dual-display device, the mobile phone or tablet can
include an open, expanded position where both displays are
flush so that the user feels like there is a single
integrated display. In a closed, condensed position, both
displays are face-to-face so as to protect the displays. In a
fully-open position, the dual displays can sit back-to-back so
the user needs to flip the device to view the opposing
display,” the company explained.

A truly foldable, durable phones would be reason enough for a
revolution. It can offer phone mode, laptop mode, tablet mode,
book mode and tent mode

Microsoft has already given up the smartphone market, however,
if the rumours and patents are any hint, the company might just
come up with something truly futuristic.



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