03 December 2018
It seems like Microsoft is all set to become one of the early adopters of foldable devices. It is being reported that Microsoft is working on a foldable device "Andromeda" with an expected release timeline for 2019. The reports are based on a recently released book Beneath a Surface by Brad Sams, a tech journalist and collaborator at Thurrot.com.
The book talks about how Microsoft started Surface lineup and turned it into a business with revenue of $1 billion per year. The foldable device is said to be like a tablet when unfolded but can be folded into a smartphone. This is similar to what was demonstrated by Samsung at its annual developer conference. The interesting part is that the device is said to run full Windows experience with some changes instead of Windows 10 Mobile. It is further said to have major plans for a bunch of other devices.
For the uninitiated ones, Project Andromedia is a highly secretive project about which Microsoft has chosen to be quiet. All the information related to this project are based on different leaks and rumors that emerged here and there. It is most likely to be a foldable device with a special version of Windows meant for the foldable nature of the device. Both of these things fall in line with the most recent report based on the book.
As for foldable devices in general, a number of Android OEMs have shown a keen interest in releasing their respective products. Samsung and Huawei are currently the front-runners for releasing the first widely available foldable smartphone. Other companies involved in the race include the likes of LG and Oppo.