Microsoft reportedly testing a new ‘Andromeda’ mobile device
Future mobile devices will run Windows 10 OneCore
In February, we reported an exclusive information about Microsoft unified OS under development, codenamed Andromeda, that has an adaptive shell scaling the user interface for the particular display size it’s running on. CSHELL or Composable Shell will be particularly important for the mobile devices, because it will enable a new mobile experience thanks to Continuum, Win32 support via emulation and the ability to run desktop apps from the Store.
Yesterday, two new reports have confirmed what we already knew, but also shed some more light on the Microsoft’s plans for Windows Mobile. According to thurrot.com, Microsoft is testing a new hardware device running a separate branch of Windows (Mobile). This branch should be the Andromeda OS (OneCore OS) we revealed in February.
Microsoft has recently separated the development of Windows 10 Mobile from the main Windows 10 branch, releasing Insider builds labeled as ‘feature2’. We can confirm once again that feature2 (RS3) will be the last update for Windows 10 Mobile before Microsoft unveils the new Windows mobile experience with Composable Shell. According to neowin, Redmond is currently testing OneCore builds on existing hardware, but a public update for devices like the Lumia 950 or Elite X3 is unlikely to happen. These early builds of Windows 10 (Mobile) CSHELL on ARM have slightly different UI and Notification center, and more changes will be coming as the development progresses in 2017.
As far as the new mobile device from Microsoft, the details are scarce. It may be a traditional looking smartphone with a new mobile experience, or a brand new form factor, such as the dual-screen hardware device which has just been patented in the US.