More details on Andromeda “hinge-states” emerge in latest Windows 10 Insider build

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Microsoft Andromeda desktop mode

Andromeda is by far Microsoft’s most anticipated project.
Microsoft is silently working on it for almost 2 years now.
Although Microsoft is building this device behind closed doors,
details do emerge somehow.

Yesterday, Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 17704 to Windows
Insiders in the Fast Ring. With all the new features and
enhancements, this build also carries a gargantuan set of new
APIs. In fact, this build has by far the longest API changelog
in any Windows 10 build since Windows 10 1709.

In layman terms, an API is a set of instruction that enables
developers to craft their applications to make use of its
functions.

Speaking of the new APIs itself, this build has revealed lots
of APIs related to “hinge-states”:

So far we’ve learned that Andromeda is a dual screen foldable
hinged device. The changelog has tons of API terms that align
perfectly with such a device type. To bring things in
perspective, the changelog gives us an idea of “HingeState”
which includes Closed, Concave, Flat, Convex, Full. We also see
several event handlers such as
“TwoPanelHingedDevicePosturePreviewReadingChangedEventArgs”
which has something to do with the two displays.

In the previous Redstone 5 builds, a new UWP control called
“TwoPaneView” was also introduced.

So there you have it! After all the rumors and leaks so far,
Andromeda components are finally making it into Windows 10
Insider builds. But there’s more. Andromeda is just one of the
many CShell composers that include Polaris, Aruba, and
Oasis as well
. In the comings months, we may also see
several other traces that would give us an idea about other
CShell composers as well.

Why are we seeing this so early on?

We’ve earlier
reported that Microsoft would be announcing Andromeda this
year and Windows 10 Redstone 5 which is due this fall as well.
So Microsoft is indeed testing the new APIs and controls that
are designed to power such a dual-screen hinged device. So it’s
all happening after all and it’s here to stay.



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