Microsoft has already confirmed that it will not be making a
traditional smartphone with Windows operating system, but the
company is set to release a modular mobile device codenamed
‘Andromeda’. The rumours of the Surface Andromeda and
Windows Core OS have been encouraging so far.
Although the mythical
Surface Phone has been cancelled a while ago, the
fans are not ready to give up. A lot of people still
use Windows Phone as the phone does exactly what the user need
it to do, and Microsoft is releasing security updates on second
Tuesday of every month.
Today, a designer posted new concept showing off the features
of Windows Core OS running on mythical Microsoft’s Surface
Phone. Microsoft’s next mobile device will be powered by the
company’s Windows Core OS, a modular version of Windows 10
which is supposed to work on any device.
Andromeda and Windows Core OS are going to reinvent the mobile
industry, but to make this happen, Microsoft has to ensure that
its next entry into the mobile industry would be a surefire
Windows Core OS for Phones concept
The conceptual video shows a customized boot screen which looks
similar to Microsoft Surface devices. The lock screen is
updated with Live Widgets, Taskbar icons and Cortana which
shows reminders, that’s something Microsoft wanted to do. Next
up is the login menu with accessibility buttons, although the
screen is ported from Windows 10 desktop and it doesn’t make
sense on phones.
The start screen is almost same. It has Fluent Design, improved
live tiles, widgets, multiple home screen, and the taskbar is
at the bottom of the screen. The concept has basically ported
Windows 10 desktop features to phones with some tweaks. The
multitasking and animation look pretty nice.
In the concept, the phone is demoed with the rumoured
capability to run full Windows 10 apps which could be a key
feature. The concept has imagined the features expected to
arrive in Windows Core OS for phones.
According to the reports, Windows Core OS will power Andromeda
and run on an ARM processor so that such a device is able to
deliver far better battery life than an x86 device, and would
probably provide Always Connected internet capabilities. The
dual-screen design may also make it possible to run Windows
desktop apps on it.
Windows Core OS is designed to adapt the user interface to
the device that Windows is running on, regardless of the
hardware. The interface could look a lot like Windows 10 when
keyboard or mouse attached, and it would provide full-fledged
desktop experience on a PC.