Microsoft updates its phone app; dialer's new design might be used for 2019 Surface Andromeda device

While a design change to the Windows Mobile Phone app might not normally count as important or even interesting news, it could be a clue that Microsoft plans to use it if it does release the folding Surface Andromeda device. The latter is expected to offer telephonic capabilities isn't if it isn't technically a phone per se. Microsoft decided that the device it said would be "new and disruptive" in a leaked email, needed to go back to the shop for now.

The update to the dialer changes the background from black to gray upsetting Windows Mobile users sporting a device with an AMOLED screen. That's because such panels require the use of no energy to display the color black. That move alone had many Windows Phone users scratching their heads on Reddit. Other changes include bolder fonts, and bug fixes including one that prevented users from unlinking linked contacts. One Nokia Lumia 635 owner complained that letters on the dialer following the update had a "cut" appearance.

Whatever Microsoft is planning with the Andromeda project, the company continues to receive patents related to the device. Just last week we told you that the software giant had received a new patent for the streaming of three-way video on a device with more than one display.

source: Reddit via MSPoweruser

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6 Comments

1. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

What a boring interface. No wonder nobody is buying Windows phones anymore

2. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

I wanted to reply to you properly, but honestly this is such a bait comment, i'm not going to bother.

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I wanted to like this comment but realized this wasn’t facebook.

4. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The difference is very slight, it doesn't look so different to me from Windows 10 Mobile.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Shoutout to the warriors still rocking Windows Phones ;) Lumia 950 XL still alive and well :D

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