Tech giant, Microsoft has been experimenting with its foldable hardware for quite some time now. A new report in the recent times suggested that the Redmond company is all set to make foldable devices and dual-screen hardware a “big investment area” for both Windows as well as Surface verticals. To start off this new development, Microsoft has been seen testing a Windows 10 build that is dedicated to foldable devices. A dual-screen device which will have note-taking, the tablet-style form factor has already been making the rounds to be in the works and has been codenamed, Andromeda. But Microsoft might push other OEMs towards the new hardware range too.
The Verge reported – The investment which currently seems to be in the pipeline from Microsoft aims at adapting the Windows operating system into a foldable device form factor as well as push the development of apps towards their foldable displays and devices with dual screens.
One of the early devices which is being built by Microsoft is to exemplify dual-screen hardware as the Courier-style, foldable note-taking tablet which has been codenamed, Andromeda. The speculations have been in the market for some time in this year.
There have been reports which suggest that Microsoft is working with Intel and other OEMs in order to make the market ready for their foldable and dual-screen devices. The company, earlier this week, was spotted developing a new Windows 10 build which could be specifically designed for their foldable device form factor. The Windows 10 build (rs_shell_devices_foldables), as reported on Twitter account BuildFeed, (which tracks the latest Windows build releases), suggested some tweaks at the Windows Shell level to support their new hardware.
Besides making Windows OS compatible for their new form factor, Microsoft might also move beyond Intel to build its foldable and dual-screen devices. The company might also provide support for ARM-based chips that will push other OEMs to join the ongoing development. Just last year, the company brought ‘Always Connected’ PCs from manufacturers like Asus and HP in order to expand their footprint in the market of mobile devices.
Microsoft might face tough competition from companies like Samsung and LG since they are also building their own foldable smartphones. Google is also apparently tweaking Android in order to specifically support foldable. Upon all this, Samsung and Huawei are being expected to showcase their first foldable phones at MWC 2019 next month.