Surface 'Andromeda' patent points to pop-up folding, edge display notifications
The mythical folding Surface "phone" simply won't go away.
Our favorite non-existent Surface is getting another round of patents recently, with this latest one offering a detailed look at the internal hinge mechanisms, as well as some hints as to how Microsoft plans to make the folding form factor more intuitive.
The new patent shows off how users will be able to "lock" the device into a folded position, either with the displays on the outside or on the inside. It also notes how the user interface will detect how the device is being used, and orient visual elements to accommodate. For example, if you only "pop up" the display, it will slide the notifications to the edge of the device, so you can have a glance without fully unfolding into tablet mode.
Although it doesn't say it explicitly, the patent seems to hint that the locking mechanism could be biometric somehow, noting that users will be able to "unlock" the device either using the sensor on the outer case, or potentially, on the sides of the device as well.
The latest rumors around 'Andromeda' seem to hint that Microsoft is planning to release a larger, more tablet-like device first, codenamed Centaurus. Whether or not any of these products make it out of the lab remains to be seen, but it feels like it'd be a massive engineering waste to not at least try to launch them to the public at this point. Hopefully, we'll learn more in 2019.
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install What I call a "Business Phone" inside the "Centaurus" foldable PC device
that is a non pocket able Andromeda like device Microsoft will bring to the
Market place. A "Business Phone" would only have the same apps a Business
Executive has on his WALL WIRED non mobile Desktop Office phone. It's inside
the "Centaurus" device for a Business Person to send & receive a voice call. most
smart phone users wont like this phone but business people will have a small
production Tablet they can send & receive business calls with. Some Windows
smart phone would like this model of the "Centaurus too because it would be
able to run x86/Win32 programs on it just like they wanted the "Surface"
smart phone to run except this device has be a no nonsense business phone &
like a feature phone have few apps. hmm however the Microsoft store will have
Apps a person can use if they wish to. I think enough people would buy
this version of the Microsoft Surface Centaurus foldable PC Tablet to make it
worth while for Microsoft to sell. Microsoft Execs would have to give up this
silly notion that all devices that have a phones must have a smart phone
with thousands of Apps when people will settle for just having decent phone to
talk to people with.