16:08 04th May, 2015
Continuum On Windows 10 Will Only Work With New Qualcomm Hardware
As with every new iteration of Windows, the casualties have begun showing up.
Microsoft recently demoed its new feature on Windows 10 called Continuum that now works across screens (Desktop, Tablet and Smartphone).
While we were all impressed by its capabilities, there was one tiny yet important detail that will indeed create a rift between its future users.
We are talking premium smartphone owners versus the rest. This is to do with hardware. Showing off its universal apps running across different platforms that fit perfectly with what Microsoft is going with, a seamless experience. Continuum helps one achieve more by enabling the transition between Desktop to smartphone and can even turn your smartphone into a fully functional desktop system.
Continuum will let you run those multi-purpose Universal apps scale from a mobile friendly one to a desktop grade software in no time. To do this all you need is TV screen connected to your smartphone via HDMI, and a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and you have a complete desktop experience to work with.
Sounds impressive? Yes indeed. Problem is, that not all Windows smartphones will be able to pull this off. Microsoft's General Manager OSG Data and Fundamentals team, Gabriel Aul, made things pretty clear with the tweet below. The recent rumours may have something to do with this. Microsoft will soon be launching smartphones that are capable of pulling this off.
@RobiaJuan Continuum for PC will work on any touch enabled device. Continuum for phones will require new hardware.— Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) May 1, 2015
We suspect that there are two with 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and 808 chipsets inside. This will enable Continuum to work beautifully and even let your smartphone cater to two screens. Think playing a movie on the TV its connected to while you work your way through your email on your smartphone.
Windows 10 will bring all of this together this summer, but the main hurdle here are those Windows Universal apps that Microsoft urgently needs to get in place before the launch happens.
As with every new version of an operating system, the older hardware needs to be done away with.
With Windows 10 however, we think that the standard 1 GB of RAM and mid-range chipsets like the Snapdragon 400 will take a bit of hit when it comes to certain features.
But this as we know by observing Windows evolve over the years is pretty much inevitable.
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