Microsoft is always looking for new and innovative ways to access other operating systems and software platforms from its very own product line. For people who have always dreamed about using their Android operating system in a laptop environment, Microsoft is preparing to launch what might end up being the perfect solution to that very issue.
The new Microsoft product line is called the Superbook. The Superbook laptop “shell” has been developed to integrate with smart phones that work off the Android operating system. By simply plugging the Superbook laptop into the user’s Android device through a USB-C or microUSB port, the user will be able to effectively use their smart phone just like an ordinary laptop.
This new technology is included as an option with Microsoft’s Continuum feature on Windows 10. Once again, the flexibility of the Continuum feature is on full display as it allows users to cross over many different channels in an effort to extract extra value from their current hardware devices.
Superbook will be available for any Android smart phones running Android 5.0 or later. Once connected to the Android system, the user will be powering the laptop system through the Andromium OS conversion platform. Andromium OS was designed as an application that is charged with converting other Android apps into a big screen environment.
For the price of $99, Superbook customers will receive a laptop shell that comes with a 11.6-inch display running at a resolution of 1366 x 768. They will also receive a built-in keyboard and trackpad. In an interesting twist, the user will be able to charge their Android device off of the Superbook’s power system while the Superbook is being powered by the Android operating system.
It’s worth noting that this is not the first time that a hardware company has attempted to connect Android devices into a laptop system. With the release of the Superbook still a few months away, there are questions about how well the system is going to work. The biggest question would seem to be centered on whether or not the OS operating system can produce enough power to give users the kind of performance they would expect from any other laptop.