Continuum for phones: ACE in the hole Microsoft
From last Tuesday (06.10) press conference, Microsoft basically everyone expected the announcement of two new Lumia flagships. Numerous «leaks» of information a few days before this largely deprived Microsoft of the element of surprise, but despite this, the company managed to get not one, but several rabbits out of hats and attract the attention of even the most hardened skeptics.
The basis of an impressive series of demonstrations of various devices was an amazing synergy between hardware and software. The company has demonstrated that it can offer its customers a holistic, well-planned ecosystem of products and services.
The software giant again boasted one of the features of the new mobile version of Windows, which distinguish it from the other major operating systems on the mobile market. We are talking about the technology Continuum for phones, which, according to the company, will allow you to live without a PC.
In fact, Continuum marks another step towards the development of the so-called Universal Apps, which is the idea of applications that can adapt to different screen sizes.
In the center of the Continuum is a new accessory Microsoft Display Dock. It provides the connection between the monitor and the smartphone. A tiny device the size of a hockey puck, connects to the phone via USB-C and to the monitor via DisplayPort or HDMI. Moreover, due to the presence of three USB ports to the adapter you can also connect a keyboard, mouse and even external memory. In practice, this allows you to use your smartphone as a desktop computer. In this mode of operation universal apps adapt to the size of the external display and fully use the entire area; also provided «start menu» and supports a variety of keyboard shortcuts, including Alt + Tab to switch between open applications. This is great shows what may be the future of mobile devices.
Among the major developers of the concept of universal apps yet that support Facebook (promises to release Facebook, Messenger and Instagram) and some other companies. Of course, native apps in Windows 10 Mobile too, are universal, including Office, Outlook and calendar, so by the time the new Lumia on sale, available for users, will be at least the basis. However, the question of how developers would support this idea, still remains unresolved.
Another question is performance. Enough powerful is the Snapdragon 8xx series to handle the load? At least the presence of liquid cooling in both the smartphones suggests that the mode Continuum is a grueling test for their processors, especially when using Continuum phone continues to function separately and can usually be messages, calls, etc.
Yes, around Continuum’s still a lot of questions, but one thing is clear: a huge number of people not working in AutoCAD, not editing the video in Sony Vegas or photo in Photoshop. At the same time they browse the Internet, communicate in social networks and watch streaming video – in General doing all those things that do not need Intel Core and a single computer. Continuum offers them to break away from the small screen of the phone without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a computer.
«No device will be the center of activity forever,» said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, concluding the presentation. And it is significant. After several years of ignoring the growing mobile market under the leadership of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft seems to finally have accepted the truth of the new world, in which the first and often the only computer user actually is a smartphone. Continuum was the result of a new vision for Microsoft, and it opens a new door of innovations, a new and bright future for phones.