Newsletter: Microsoft’s Compact Surface & WhatsApp: One-way Broadcast

Newsletter: Microsoft’s Compact Surface & WhatsApp: One-way Broadcast

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Technology is notorious for engrossing people so much that they don’t always focus on balance and enjoy life at the same time.” ~ Paul Allen

MICROSOFT REPORTEDLY WORKING ON COMPACT SURFACE DEVICE

THE STORY

As per reports, Microsoft is working on a “Pocket-friendly” Surface device.

WHAT MAKES US THINK THAT?

The rumors of Microsoft working on a pocket-friendly Surface device has been around for a quite a while. The device is said to have two displays which are also foldable. According to reports, the device when folded is reduced to the size of a smartphone. When opened, it would have two displays. Furthermore, the dual screens can be utilized to create a single continuous display. The device might support a stylus as well.

Recently a document was leaked in which Microsoft has stated, “It’s a new pocketable Surface device form factor that brings together innovative new hardware and software experiences to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience.” This proves that there can’t be smoke without fire.

However, Microsoft has not commented on this until now. So far, the code name of the device, Andromeda has been revealed due to patent filings under the name. The company might have plans to launch it this year, followed by dual-screen devices by other companies Intel, Asus, and Lenovo.

WHAT ARE MICROSOFT PLANS?

Of course, there is news related to a Surface pocket-friendly device but nothing is specific. For example, it is not clear, whether it will launch a smartphone or tablet. With the recent and latest race of ditching the bezel from the smartphone, all the mobile phone manufacturers have been trying to ace it. Along with this, this doesn’t seem to be the only motive. If Surface will enter the market as foldable smartphone and would truly be a Surface product, then it would compete against the Android and iOS devices. If not, it could be just a compact size Surface tablet.

The upcoming device can come with cellular connectivity as the older Surface devices also come with LTE compatibility.

Microsoft has been working to expand the Surface brand line. Currently, the lineup includes the student-focused Surface Laptop, two gen of detachable Surface Book notebook, the Surface Studio along with all-in-one touchscreen PC.  Also, Microsoft is working on Surface Hub collaboration display with the aim to launch the second gen model next year.

WHATSAPP COPIES TELEGRAM, & LAUNCHES ONE WAY BROADCAST MODE

THE STORY

WhatsApp has copied another feature from Telegram and released a new feature one-way broadcast.

WHAT IS ONE-WAY BROADCAST MODE?

Telegram channels are famous for broadcast news feed that enables people to sign up to get notifications from channel admins the channels could be news broadcasters, public interest group and more. WhatsApp is adding this feature to its messaging app with an update.

Although, WhatsApp users have already been embraced channel-like conduct for a while. It was reported that rural journalist was using WhatsApp to report and telecast local news. Now with the broadcast-only feature, things will be a lot easier.

A spokesperson from WhatsApp mentioned, “Today, we are launching a new group setting where only admins are able to send messages to a group. One way people use groups is to receive important announcements and information, including parents and teachers at schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations. We’ve introduced this new setting so admins can have better tools for these use cases.”

However, there are obstacles such as WhatsApp needs users to use their phone number to join a group. Also, the phone number of any of the group participants can be seen by another participant. This stops people from joining public groups. Telegram has overcome the issue by using the username. Let’s see what WhatsApp will do to deal with the issue.

WhatsApp is quite a popular app and has currently 1.5 billion active users, however, Telegram has 200 million active users worldwide

IS FACEBOOK TRYING TO ACE STEALING?

Instagram has always been accused of taking features from Snapchat a ton of times. Now WhatsApp has also joined the league. Lately, Facebook has been borrowing features from Telegram and incorporating them to WhatsApp. WhatsApp released a new feature for groups which is exactly like the One-way broadcast mode of Telegram Channel.

The question that arises in our mind is: Will Facebook ever come up with its own innovation or it has become master in borrowing things?

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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