The past few months have been building lots of anticipation around a potential new device from Microsoft.
The Surface Andromeda was rumored to feature a hinged screen that opened out to be a tablet but would close up into a smartphone.
Last week has been hit with reports claiming that the project is almost cancelled.
Users demand the Surface Andromeda
Microsoft’s fans are currently doing their best trying to convince Microsoft that the unannounced project would be a successful one if it were to reach the market.
Forbes reported that ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley suggested that this cancelation is due to an executive shake-up in Microsoft that has seen a reset on the company’s approach to services and software.
The previous changes and updates that included the Andromeda project are calm now, and there seems to be a lack of momentum behind the project.
Tom Warren from the Verge suggests that the Andromeda is not ready yet and with no base OS, this means “no work to build up third-party app support. And with no app support, you can forget about reaching a wide user-base,” writes Forbes’ writer Ewan Spence.
So like @maryjofoley I'm hearing Andromeda is definitely not coming in 2018. OEM devices may come, but not with Andromeda OS as it's not ready. The entire project is now under review because there's no app ecosystem to support it
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 6, 2018
“I suspect that lots of small issues like the above have built up over time, and the scales have tipped towards ‘this is not a product to take a risk on’,” he continues.
The Surface Andromeda would be a radically changed factor
The Surface Andromeda would definitely be a fundamentally new form factor, and it would bring together a phablet styled smartphone that hinges open in order to reveal a full-sized tablet.
This would help establish a new style of a device for third-party manufacturers to release.
On the other hand, “it would be the launch of a new form factor that would be lacking in full software support, into an untested market, and would require a significant amount of resources from Microsoft…” Forbes wrote.
These resources may be best spent elsewhere “to strength the more-conventional Surface hardware, improve the cloud-based offers, and boost the impact of the Android and iOS apps that work alongside Microsoft’s other services.” Forbes notes.