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Microsoft isn’t the smartphone leader it should, the entire company is responsible for Windows Phone’s failure. Microsoft is struggling to acquire any meaningful amount of market share while Google and Apple are dominating the smartphone industry with Android and iOS respectively. It’s been a while since Microsoft launched the Lumia 950 and 950 XL with Windows 10. The Windows Phone fans are eagerly waiting for the long-awaited, and desperately needed ‘Surface Phone’, the mythical device.

The reports from the reliable sources confirmed that Microsoft is internally testing the Surface Phone. Microsoft needs to launch Surface Phone before it’s too late, the device could be the Satya Nadella’s ultimate mobile device. Based on rumours and speculation, here’s what we know about the Surface Phone.

Microsoft is still testing Surface Phone

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Its been a while since reports of Surface Phone leaked online, the phone is still not officially announced by Microsoft. While Many have started to assume that Microsoft has already cancelled the Surface Phone and it is dead. The speculations are false as a report in July from a reliable source revealed that Microsoft is still testing Surface Phone.

The latest rumour confirmed that Microsoft is testing an expensive mobile-type device but it will not be a true smartphone, after all. HoloLens maker Alex Kipman is also working on the Surface Phone and the device is already floating around the campus.

Surface Phone to be powered by Andromeda OS

The long rumoured Surface Phone will be powered by Microsoft’s new operating system, code-named Andromeda. Microsoft separated Windows 10 Mobile from the development of Windows 10 on other platforms for the good of Windows Phone. Windows for mobile devices is not dying, however, Windows 10 Mobile is dead and it will be replaced with Andromeda OS.

Andromeda will finally and properly make Windows 10 a unified platform. Windows 10 Mobile was never needed, Microsoft thought of Andromeda a bit late but we should not blame the company as they are trying something new than improving the current Windows 10 Mobile OS.

Andromeda will have the CShell (Composable Shell) that will help Windows 10 to adapt to any screen size device such as mobile. While on other hand, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 PC aren’t really promoting the unified platform. As Windows 10 will adapt to any screen size/form factor device, there’s no need of Windows 10 Mobile (right?). Andromeda OS is huge and we are yet to learn about Microsoft’s next take on mobile.

Furthermore, instead of having a dedicated development SKU for Windows 10 Mobile, Andromeda will use the Windows 10’s development SKU.

Surface Phone to create a new category

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Surface Phone may not be a smartphone we use today. It makes sense as for Microsoft to succeed in the mobile industry, the Redmond giant should launch a innovative device. Microsoft is trying to create a new category with Surface Phone.

Surface Phone might feature a foldable display, a 2-in-1 device (maybe?). The general manager for Microsoft Surface Ryan Gavin recently revealed that Microsoft’s next mobile will not be a simple smartphone, it “will not resemble what we know and think of as a phone today”. These words doesn’t sound any different because we have heard them from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella already.

What do you expect from Microsoft’s Surface Phone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  • No BS

    I hope that Windows 10 in some form or shape (mobile or not mobile) will be available in a high quality NORMAL phone form factor since that is what I need. This nonsense about making a new category and foldable displays really sounds like empty marketing hype at best and at worst some new geeky device that is useless for those who want something practical for everyday work.

  • spec

    And still this article shows a lumia 930 with the title surface phone. Wish I could perminantly ban these authors. Lazy work.

  • pege63

    There will be NONE surface phone belive me when i say that.

    The signal from Microsoft is clear: the windows are nothing to bet on. And the Linkedin app is not the only character. Microsoft has not launched a new mobile phone since February 2016, and the Lumia 950 flagship model has almost two years on its head. In the mobile world, this is an eternity.

    Instead of new Windowsmobiles, Microsoft is struggling to develop apps for Android and Iphone. It’s not even safe for them to be released for Windows and if that happens, Windows version will come on later. This was the case, for instance, with the Microsoft Flow automation app.

    For other app manufacturers, Windows 10 Mobile is static. I regularly test apps here on PC for All, and nowadays, an interesting app is launching for nothing but Android and Iphone.

    Microsoft’s investment on mobiles can not be described as anything but a flop. A giant giant fleet that has cost the company billions. Should the company have any chance in the market, one must release a number of extremely exciting models. Windows 10 Mobile is, after all, a very good system, and it has long been a Surface Phone, a continuation of Microsoft’s successful efforts to produce its own tabletops and computers. But these rumors have been around for a while and I think unfortunately that it’s too late.

    The remaining option is to send the Windowsmobiles to the grave, but then I wish they could have a worthy death. If Microsoft is to save its reputation in some way, you must have a clear plan about what to do with millions of customers around the world who have chosen to invest in a Windowsmobil.

    In order to save their reputation, one should offer a generous exchange program for those who want to change while promising those who remain in the process of updating the system for many years.

    Worse than that, August 31, the company removes the existing Windows Phone version of the Linkedin app. Linkedin is the work life’s response to Facebook. Here you can keep in touch with your business people and find a new job. Microsoft says that “you can continue to use LinkedIn on your Windows mobile by surfing your mobile browser, WTF seriously” it is also posted on the Linkedin support site. However, anyone who runs Android or Iphone can download apps that are constantly updated. And above all, Microsoft should ensure that first and foremost, continue to develop its own services for its own Window Mobiles.

    In other words, Microsoft invests in competitors’ systems, but completely skips their own. Could it be clearer to Windows 10 Mobile than that? It’s as if Volvo were going to choose Audi as a car. Or as if a parent would skip their own child’s Christmas concert instead to go to the neighbor’s children. So the signal from Microsoft is clear. The windows mobiles are nothing to bet on or to have. Personally, I think much about the phone system likes it, but they start coming over the years and the competitors are miles ahead, if they had serious plans for them, they’d already come back last year. But nothing new under the sun so badly and very sadly it’s probably the end for Microsoft’s phones.

  • Gn Re

    Maybe there are some in M$ wanting a Windows based phone (surface or whatever); but you see Mr. Nutella is waiting with the gun already again! (…. he will take care again that there is no disturbance for Android!)

  • Just give me a normal form factor Surface phone with pen support and some good creative apps, and a mobile carbon copy port of Halo CE or Anniversary and I’ll drop both Apple and Android