When Microsoft announced its return to making its own smartphones last week, offering its first take on the gadgets since its $7 billion purchase of Nokia went up in smoke four years ago, the software giant said a lot of the things you’d expect. It talked about how its new Surface Duo, sporting two 5.6-inch screens and coming next year, will make us more productive. The device, it said, will more effortlessly blend the computer and phone worlds.
“We think of these not just as products, but the beginning of a new category, dual-screen computing,” Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president for Microsoft’s modern life, search and devices group, said in an interview. “We’re in the beginning of a new wave of innovation.”
But that magical device, whose price we don’t yet know, isn’t going to be powered by some variant of Microsoft’s monopoly-making Windows software, which runs on nearly eight of every 10 computers around the world. Instead, the Surface Duo will be powered by Google’s Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system, which drives three out of every four phones. (Here’s every Surface Duo spec we know, and all the ones we don’t.)
“If you’re going to have a device that fits in your pocket, and you can do phone calls and you want to run apps … it made sense for us to choose” Android, Mehdi said.
With that, Microsoft acknowledged what we’ve seen for years. The once vibrant mobile software market of a decade ago, with devices powered by software from Nokia, BlackBerry, Danger, Palm and Microsoft, has been decimated by Apple and Google. The only real remaining competitors to Android and Apple’s iOS are side projects like Tizen from Samsung, a company that still relies on Android in its flagship phones. There’s also HarmonyOS, a last-ditch effort from Chinese tech giant Huawei to ease reliance on Google’s American-made software.
Source : www.cnet.com