Project Andromeda app listing spotted in the Microsoft Store

References to device '88208020' popup in the Microsoft Store. (Source: Windows Central)
References to device '88208020' popup in the Microsoft Store. (Source: Windows Central)
A listing on the Microsoft Store could give further impetus to the fact that Microsoft could be testing app development on an unknown platform, currently designated '8828080'. Interestingly, the number also refers to Microsoft's telephone in Redmond.

The Microsoft Store is a one-stop shop for UWP apps targeting different device form factors such PC, Mobile, Xbox, and HoloLens. A new device type has been now added to this list indicating Microsoft is testing apps for this new platform. Recent findings have unearthed a platform listing codenamed '8828080' leading to speculation that this could be a reference to Microsoft's modular OS project codenamed 'Andromeda', which will very well be the OS in the 'Surface Phone'. 

References to '8828080' (which incidentally happens to be the phone number of Microsoft HQ in Redmond) were first noticed by Microsoft watcher, WalkingCat, who spotted that a majority of apps with this reference would also work on phones. Word on the street is that this number could refer to apps targeting the 'Andromeda' OS that Microsoft is currently developing. 'Andromeda' makes Windows 10 modular with a shell that can adapt to the device type being used. Google is also developing something on similar lines for Android and coincidentally, calls it 'Andromeda' as well.

News of Microsoft's mythical 'Surface Phone' and 'Andromeda' have been doing the rounds quite frequently of late. This could mean that the device does exist after all and it will only be a matter of time before we get to know more about it.

(Source: WalkingCat/Twitter)
(Source: WalkingCat/Twitter)


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-12-30 (Update: 2017-12-30)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.