Microsoft fans may find themselves in a tricky position when it comes to the tech giant’s mobile ventures – after all, its first attempt with 2010’s Courier didn’t push through, and now hints at another mobile venture might be in the rocks. Just what is the status of dual screen Andromeda? If recent reports are to be assessed, not very good.
The hype for Andromeda continues when it’s apparent that Microsoft is at the cusp of fully-developing and revealing a device that would herald perhaps its next technological foray. Andromeda is pegged to be what appears as a dual-screen portable device, and there are a lot of patents and ideas that hinted towards its existence. These include APIs for Windows that include support for devices with dual screens and a hinge in between, telephony support, and even a rough schedule for release that had the hardware set to make an appearance next year.
What users may want to ask, however, is exactly what sort of value will the device bring, and if it’s something worth the while. Unfortunately, a lot of users are starting to see that the new device may actually be something more of a stretch, as Andromeda may be delayed at the very best, or maybe cancelled at the very worst. This is because the kind of features it requires are apparently yet to be ready for a release with October 2018’s Windows 10 v. 1809 update.
Although the APIs do suggest that a new Windows device – or at least Andromeda – is in development, there aren’t any signs of the software that Andromeda would need in order to run Windows 10 in a gadget the size of a smartphone. While there are rumors of its development, no leaks mean the rumors may just be that – rumors. Not only that, but Microsoft needs a slate of applications that are fit for mobile phones. One could argue that Windows 10 Mobile still has applications apt for Andromeda, but it might be a good move for Microsoft to actually fix these applications to fi Andromeda.
Even then, there’s absolutely no guarantee that the features of the software will be ready for the next Windows 10 update after 2018, which is codenamed 19H1. It’s important to remember that Terry Myerson was leading the charge on the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, which means if anything, Myerson is heading the development of Andromeda. With his departure and Microsoft’s reorganization efforts, the priorities of development may also change, and may potentially halt Andromeda’s development.
Perhaps the final nail in Andromeda’s coffin is the most important: purpose. There’s no fundamental concern that Andromeda will be able to solve that could generate appeal in the market. There’s no point of bringing in a device that no one would want to buy. Aside from making Windows 10 compatible with a mobile, the phone-sized gadget itself would be arduous to construct given Microsoft’s penchant for bigger devices.
Not only that, but software development for Microsoft has always been lacking, and the lack of software means the Andromeda would need to be revolutionary that people will be willing to get it even without the support of third-party applications. What will the second screen even do? This means Andromeda would have to open a realm of new possibilities in order to generate appeal to the market.
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