Jan 19, 2:29 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Jerome Santos 01/19/19 AT 2:17 AM Microsoft announced that it’s leaving its mobile phone support by the end of 2019. Potentially, its surface phone project “Andromeda” could potentially be canceled as the company moves onto other ventures. However, this Redmond giant has always been secretive with its development and may plan an unexpected twist to its Andromeda release and here’s what we know about it.According to AppleInsider’s report, Microsoft announced that it’ll stop the Windows Phone10 support around Dec. 10. The company even encouraged its users to a supported Android or iOS device whenever possible and data backups will also be assisted as users bring their app data to a different phone. Piling up with losses against its competition, Microsoft folds in this mobile phone race to focus on other services.However, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Phone Scrapped Amid Windows 10 Mobile Death Sentence Announcement?
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Microsoft has unveiled a new member of the Surface family: the Surface Headphones. The rather surprising addition to the Surface range is a set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones. They're large, over-ear headphones with soft, comfortable ear cups. Each ear cup has a spinning dial: one to control the volume, and the other to control the level of noise cancellation. The headphones know when they're on your head and automatically pause your music when you take them off. And they contain four microphones to pick up clear audio for talking to Cortana or making phone calls. Microsoft estimates they'll last 15 hours on a charge and take less than two hours to recharge over their USB Type-C connector. The headphones will be available to buy later this year. We've heard the price will be around $350, putting them in the same ballpark as Bose's noise-cancelling headphones. Bose's QuietComfort 35 wireless II headphones, also at $350, look like direct competitors: they too contain … [Read more...] about Surface ‘Phones released; Headphones, that is
During the last eight or nine months, when speculation grew hot and heavy about a new foldable Surface Phone, the closest we got to an official comment from Microsoft was an internal email or document that was leaked. But that changed today when comments made by Surface chief Panos Panay during a podcast interview, made their way around digital water coolers.We know this is going to be bad news for those who were hoping to see the mythical Surface Phone hit the market, but in the podcast, when discussing Microsoft's future direction, the executive stated, "Well, I would not say that that includes a Surface Phone." Not only did he add that any new form factor being designed in Redmond won't include a Surface Phone, but Panay noted that Microsoft's product road map doesn't need such a device.Panay added that future Surface devices will focus on communication, but not as we currently know the word. He said that how people communicate will evolve. This dovetails with previous reports that … [Read more...] about Panos Panay puts the kibosh on an immediate Surface Phone release
Microsoft Surface Phone rumors have been dormant, except for a slow drop of leaks every once in a blue moon, but today we’re getting a better idea of how the Andromeda OS-powered device may function if it does in fact launch.The Surface Phone may feature a foldable design with five different preset positions, according to code found by PhoneArena. This isn’t all that different from speculation we’ve seen in the past, we had a hint that the Surface Phone may be able to become a tiny laptop but this is different – we could see varying functionality depending on the physical orientation of the device. This would be far more complex than the foldable Android devices we’ve seen, like the ZTE Axon M, which just extended the display.But how would the functionality change with different configurations? Could you use Excel comfortably with a mobile device? How would a keyboard feel in the supposed laptop form factor? If it’s all screen, will Microsoft … [Read more...] about New Microsoft Surface Phone evidence brings us closer to a 2-in-1 smartphone reality
A year ago Microsoft removed phone-related API's from Windows 10 builds. This basically solidified that they were shifting focus away from having any software developed for a unified Windows running across devices. The interface would be needed for a Windows device with LTE connection to perform phone-style tasks like making calls, using voicemail and sending messages. Users who were hoping for a Windows PC phone were sadly let down here. Microsoft has brought it back, for now..Well it appears now Microsoft has placed the mobile API's back into Windows in Redstone 5. Redstone 5 will be the Fall Creators update for 2018. This has re-ignited speculation that Microsoft may be planning to release the rumored Surface Phone at the end of this year. Now to be clear, this rumor has circulated every year, for several years now. Some say Microsoft's Project Andromeda may be the Surface Phone, while others say they are two different devices. What is an API? In the most basic of … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Phone still in the cards