Microsoft’s mobile OS experiment ended in January 2020 and the
last wave of Windows Mobile devices won’t receive any more
updates or patches with features or security improvements.
While the journey of Windows on phones has officially ended, a
UK-based company said they have prototyped a phone that runs
Windows 10 on ARM with Android apps support.
Emperion claims it packed Windows 10 on ARM into a phone-sized
device called ‘Nebulus’, and the phone can run Android apps
without an emulator or dual-booting Windows with Android.
Windows 10 on ARM is essentially a full version of the desktop
operating system for Snapdragon system-on-chip (SoC), which is
the processor used in Android phones and tablets. ARM-powered
Windows 10 devices can run desktop apps via an emulation layer.
Nebulus will also be capable of running Android apps right out
of the box, but Emperion was not clear on how its Windows 10
phone will run Android apps.
According to Emperion, Microsoft also helped the startup with
the development of its smartphone.
The company says Nebulus comes with two 13MP AI rear camera and
a 10.5MP front camera. It has a 6.19-inch Cosmos display,
6000mAh battery, 128GB storage (expandable up to 2TB), and
front-firing 1CM speakers with Dolby.
The device also comes with a Continuum-like feature that will
allow users to bring the desktop experience onto their monitors
USB-C or wireless, similarly to Continuum.
According to the manufacturer, the project is little more than
a prototype brick at the moment.
The UK-based company is also working with a wireless carrier in
the country for SIM-free and unlocked variant. The company
will start taking pre-orders for the device soon.