HP, Vaio and Panasonic Demo Windows 10 Devices at MWC
Windows looms over Mobile World Congress with an HP smartphone that can pull desktop duty and a rugged Panasonic handset.Microsoft and its hardware partners are showing off Windows 10's mobile-first demeanor at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Each year around this time, MWC brings mobile device vendors together to show off their latest wares before they ship to consumers. This year, the early buzz is surrounding LG's new G5 smartphone along with Samsung's new Galaxy S7, S7 edge (lower-case 'e') and Oculus Gear VR headset. Over in the realm of Windows devices, HP made a splash with its Elite x3 smartphone, which can replace desktop and laptop PCs with the aid of Windows 10's Continuum mode-switching technology and docking modules. Sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the device features full-disk encryption and supports Windows Hello biometrics to provide enterprise-grade data security. For its part, Microsoft is working to improve Continuum's appeal by getting developers to adopt its code-once approach to creating apps that run across a variety of Windows device types.
"We then invested in our Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to enable developers to build apps that move across devices, automatically adapting to the different device types and screen sizes," wrote Microsoft Group Program Manager Roanne Sones in a Feb. 22 blog post. "So regardless of whether you are using a 5-inch phone, a 13-inch notebook or a 24-inch in all-in-one, the experience should have that familiar Windows look and feel, while enabling you to have a richer experience as the screen real estate grows."