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Microsoft’s foldable Surface Phone project seems to be very much alive

Published Oct 2nd, 2018 7:27PM EDT

Even though foldable phones routinely make the news, with two devices expected to be unveiled at some point in the coming months, Samsung and Huawei are hardly the only companies working on such technology. Microsoft is also developing a Surface Phone that might be even more exciting than what Samsung and Huawei are working on. That’s the mythical Surface Phone, or Andromeda, that keeps appearing in reports. A new finding proves that Microsoft hasn’t killed Andromeda, although that doesn’t mean a Surface Phone is coming soon.

Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia (AL) has an in-depth article on Microsoft’s Andromeda advancements, as the site discovered various Andromeda references in new language updates explicitly made for Andromeda OS (or Windows Core OS – WCOS).

These screenshots show the Andromeda name mentioned out in the wild in files that pretty much everyone could find, just as AL did.

Image source: Aggiornamenti Lumia

Furthermore, the evidence indicates that Andromeda devices would also work as phones, thus further fueling the rumor that Andromeda is indeed a Surface Phone kind of a mobile device.

Image source: Aggiornamenti Lumia

But how do we know that Andromeda devices are supposed to fold? Well, the following screen shows that Andromeda OS would allow you to customize your computing experience and turn screens on and off as you see fit.

Image source: Aggiornamenti Lumia

According to this image, the operating system can discern between left and right screens, as well as external screens.

The blog also discovered a list of legacy Windows 10/Mobile apps and features that would work with Andromeda, including Windows Hello (screen unlock and fingerprint sensor), mobile hotspot, calling and vibrations support, NFC, Windows Timeline, and others.

Finally, AL also discovered that other apps are getting support for Andromeda (WCOS), including email, calendar, and photos, seen in these tweets.

Microsoft’s Tuesday event seems so low-key, given that there’s no actual live-streaming, that it’s not likely to see any Andromeda announcements. But it sure’s interesting to see out in the wild all this language update for Andromeda devices right now — read the full AL post at this link.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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