The Surface Duo is a phone | ZDNet

Screengrab of Microsoft upcoming Surface Duo “phone” via ZDNet

A blogger that I follow, Jason Ward of Windows Central, has been essentially asking for this type of device for years now, and I have brought attention to it here on my little information speck of the digital universe.

It’s nice to see ZDNet grudgingly come around to that similar conclusion. Granted, this device/phone/tablet/game changer is way out of budget for moi unless the numbers come in from the North Carolina Education Lottery, but my experience with these events is that elements make their way down to most price points over time.

Microsoft has strong reasons for shying away from calling the Surface Duo a phone. But that’s the best way to explain it to customers.

Source: The Surface Duo is a phone | ZDNet

Also, here is another view of the announcement independent from ZDNet and Jason Ward. ⬇

How and why Microsoft should bring a Windows 10X-powered ‘phone’ to market is a certified Warditorial

How and why Microsoft should bring a Windows 10X-powered ‘phone’ to market is a certified Warditorial

Mr. Ward has been consistent in his call for a Windows mobile device for years. It looks like an indirect way of getting there through Android. I expect a migration path to Windows 10 while having choice in devices.

Balls and Strikes from me…

I believe Microsoft is still pursuing its Pocket PC vision with plans to bring a Windows 10X-powered Surface Duo-like device to our pockets in the future. And building developer relationships through Android is key.

In January 2015, I presented an analysis claiming Microsoft would bring an inking focused, telephony-powered pocketable PC to market. I even suggested Microsoft-branded earpieces would be a practical accessory for this device. In 2016 leaks regarding Project Andromeda, a Windows Core OS-powered (or Windows 10X) pocket PC, confirmed this analysis. As information continued to surface, I incorporated those details into my ongoing analysis of Microsoft’s Pocket PC mobile strategy.

Microsoft has sought to converge the power of Windows and the broader Microsoft cloud, apps, hardware, and services ecosystem on a pocketable telephony-enabled mobile device for years. Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 Mobile were all mobile OSes that flirted with Microsoft’s mobile vision but failed to bring the “power” of Windows and the synergy of Microsoft’s ecosystem to a touch-focused mobile experience. Thus, Microsoft designed the modular, lighter and context-conforming Windows 10X, for duo screen PCS like Surface Neo (a versatile tablet) and partner devices from Dell, HP, and Lenovo coming next year. It was even planned to power the now Android-based Surface Duo (a pocketable device), formerly known as Project Andromeda…


Microsoft invited me to its biggest Surface event ever — and it was AWESOME!
Surface Neo and Duo: First Impressions from our hands on

The rest of the post, including supporting Videos and other material (and worth the time to read) is from Windows Central – News, Forums, Reviews, Help for Windows 10 and all things Microsoft.

Samsung and other Google partners show interest in Fuchsia – 9to5Google

Samsung and other Google partners show interest in Fuchsia – 9to5Google

Not frequent enough for my tastes, but it looks like Fuchsia is near the point of being the official successor of Android. And more importantly from Google’s point of view is direct control, unlike Android which is open source. Here’s hoping for more consistent news on that front.

This may be related to this announcement and article on ZDNet.

Over the past two years, we’ve closely followed the development of Google’s Fuchsia OS and the various hardware products it supports. Thus far, these products have almost all been Made by Google devices like the Pixelbook and Nest Hub, used simply as testbeds for Fuchsia on various form factors. But if Fuchsia is to ever succeed, Google will need to partner with other companies on developing their own Fuchsia-based hardware and software projects.

This week in Fuchsia Friday, we take a look at the various Google partners that have looked into Fuchsia OS, including familiar names like Samsung and Sony.

Samsung and other Google partners show interest in Fuchsia – 9to5Google via Tumblr and IFTTT

Fuchsia adds official Snapdragon 835 support – 9to5Google

New evidence has come to light indicating that the Fuchsia team is working to support the Snapdragon 835 processor, found in phones like the Google Pixel 2.


Source: Fuchsia adds official Snapdragon 835 support – 9to5Google


I know, it’s been a while. However, Fuschia is still very much in the development cycle as it’s not directly derivative of any other OS currently out there that I am aware of.

Fuchsia Friday: Fuchsia’s close relationship w/ Chrome OS – 9to5Google

Courtesy of Kyle Bradshaw,

I have always said that Fuschia is Android without Java and thus free from licensing issues associated with it from Oracle, the successor to Sun Microsystems. Also modern and updatable on Google’s cadence.

It’s no coincidence that Fuchsia & Chrome OS share features like Android apps. The Fuchsia team is using some Chrome OS developments for their own benefit.


Source: Fuchsia Friday: Fuchsia’s close relationship w/ Chrome OS – 9to5Google


Why did the Fuchsia OS team build a ‘release candidate’? – 9to5Google

Courtesy of Kyle Bradshaw,

Could it be that Google has a different way of presenting Alpha code as usable? This activity is analogous to what got Microsoft in trouble during their Computer World Domination period. I. E. use the public as unpaid Beta testers at best, and sometimes Alpha.

Fuschia continues to be an interesting product and will, I think, be Google’s answer to the One OS holy grail that all of the platform vendors want to get to, Microsoft being the closest or further along on that path.

Fuchsia, Google’s in-development OS for anything and everything, has marched on toward its latest milestone—the first “release candidate.”

Source: Why did the Fuchsia OS team build a ‘release candidate’? – 9to5Google

Fuchsia Friday: The mystery of Dragonglass in Android, Chromium, and Fuchsia – 9to5Google

Granted, my ongoing interest is a mobile platform not tied to any legacy system, unlike Android (Java) or iOS (Objective-C); this proves how difficult to design a modern OS and make it all work. Sometimes it may be better not to re-invent the wheel here, but what do I know?

Earlier this week, we reported that just about everything we’ve seen about Fuchsia is now gone, as the “Armadillo” UI has been deleted. In its place, we only have references to what seems, in context, to be three other “shells” or user interfaces which are all kept closed-source by Google. However, one of these, “Dragonglass,” may offer more answers than we initially thought.

Source: Fuchsia Friday: The mystery of Dragonglass in Android, Chromium, and Fuchsia – 9to5Google