New Phone APIs in Windows Insider Build Spur Microsoft’s Foldable Surface Phone Arrival

Daphne Planca
1:10 PM

The tech company Microsoft is getting closer in launching its highly-anticipated, long-rumored dual-screen Surface Phone. Fueling this speculation is the latest report about new APIs (application programming interface) for telephony features that are inside the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build.

According to Digital Trends, the newly discovered APIs found in the Windows 10 build 17650 are usually seen on phones. Its function is for dialing numbers and contacts, supporting Bluetooth headsets and spearphone mode, and blocking withheld calls. Another significant function is video-calling support leading video calls over cellular connectivity and is capable of voice-based communications. Even if this is already present since Windows 8, this feature was only applicable for data connections like the Surface Pro LTE.

A Pastebin link from a Reddit user “FireFly74” is posted online showing the new APIs has been integrated with only data connection support in the Windows Insider build 17650. However, despite the fact that the cellular data connection is available in the user’s Windows 8 or Windows 10 device, the users cannot make outgoing phone calls or dial the numbers without having a Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone device making the full Windows 10 unstable.

Once Microsoft pursues on working towards cellular phones, the Surface Phone (a.k.a Andromeda) rumor is coming to reality since the company could use its Build developer conference early next month to unveil this device publicly. This device has been rumored to flaunt two screens connected by a hinge. When the screens are folded together, it will look like a book taking on a more compact phone-like form but will be similar to a tablet with a larger display once unfolded.

No official statement has been issued from the company about their plans on the Microsoft Surface Phone. As of now, the company has halted their efforts. However, this preliminary effort to streamline these new APIs will likely show a mobile offering in the near future.

So, what do you think of the newly discovered APIs for the Microsoft Surface Phone? Share your thoughts by writing in the comment section below.

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