Microsoft's foldable device surfaces again; Andromeda OS language pack reveals phone-like features

Microsoft's foldable device surfaces again; Andromeda OS language pack reveals phone-like features
Back in July, the hopes and dreams of many were dashed when Microsoft reportedly put the foldable Andromeda device on hold for the balance of this year. But the device is back in the news after some files in the form of a language pack for Andromeda OS became available in the Microsoft Store. This would be a sign that the software giant is about to test Andromeda OS. The text strings in the language pack indicate that the foldable device is a phone, with references to a dialer, and the ability to make phone calls.

According to the language pack, users will be able to record their phone calls automatically. The files also disclose that the device will have two opposable screens and one external display. Double tapping on a screen will turn it off. The foldable device will apparently support Universal Windows Platform apps along with certain apps developed specifically for Andromeda OS.

The Andromeda OS mobile device will have a feature allowing the user to draw a certain shape on the screen in order to have a screenshot taken. We could also see the unit unlock via a fingerprint reader, and an iris scanner. Mentioned in the language pack is a Productivity mode that would allow the foldable unit to connect to a larger external monitor, and drive a Continuum-esque desktop PC with an external screen.

While we might not see the foldable Andromeda OS device introduced this year, it does appear that the project is still alive and we could be hearing more about it with an eye toward a 2019 release.

source: AggiornamentiLumia (translated), Pastebin via MSPoweruser (1), (2)



1. mr.rish

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2016

Wow,yesssss,f...k android and iOS, please growwwwwww

2. yobolegend

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

Coming Soon...

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I hope this becomes a third option of choice for smartphones.Really bored of ios restricted use & feature and android as a whole only option available in for us to to do everything from it.Andromeda os should pay it off well in phone like features and UWA as different catergory of apps.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Just finally make it real Microsoft. It's been years. Years.

5. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

In-spite of a lot of interest for Andromeda OS in the comments section, the real success metric would be to check how many of these devices actually end up in the hands of people. Only then, will the developer community take notice because at the end of the day, everyone wants to earn some respectable dough. A good strategy(as opposed to celebrity marketing, billboard ads etc.) would probably be to distribute 45,000-50,000 (rough numbers) devices for free to users. And offer in-store credit to purchase apps. Then, every developer would realize that there are users with device+credits waiting to expend them. This will provide devs further incentive to develop high quality apps quickly.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Andromeda is full Windows, not 10 Mobile. It runs Store apps as well as legacy x86 so you would think if developers haven't caught on with UWP yet, Andromeda won't be making a dent. This isn't a glorified smartphone but rather a full-fledged PC that will be capable of making phone calls and sending SMS messages. In other words, it's probably going to be priced around the $2k mark. I don't see many people flocking to it once they know what's going on. I'm fortunate enough to have the resources to afford this bad boy at any cost but those will be few and far between.

8. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Really ? Is it full Windows platform ? Wow that’s amazing ! This sentence from the second para gave me the wrong impression : “The foldable device will apparently support Universal Windows Platform apps along with certain apps developed specifically for Andromeda OS.” I thought to myself , why do they have to develop separate app specifically for Andromeda and why will it support UWP apps only ? Therefore, thought that it was a separate OS. If it is a full fleged OS, the I think it could potentially be a big hit even at the 2k mark. Many people will not even require a separate PC after they buy this bad boy. Especially for folks who use mobile for productivity tasks. I have hard time believing it though , because it sounds too good to be true. I too am getting one, that’s for sure.

9. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm not so sure about the x86 app support. But they're also not relying on UWP, which is dead in the water. From what they've been talking about since last year, they're really hoping for PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) to take off, as that would be truly cross platform and put them on an even playing field as far the support for future apps goes. Who knows though. As Panos Panay recently remarked in an interview, this device/concept is his "baby," but it's not out because they haven't identified a viable market for it yet. It needs to be viable for CONSUMERS, and not just Microsoft's increasingly asinine conception of an "enterprise" user.

6. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Finally.. I'm really bored with Android and its retarded rival iOS! I'll accept anything new whatever it is!

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