Windows 10 Mobile may be dead in the water, but there are still plenty of people who want a full version of Windows 10 to run on a mobile device. Huawei is planning to offer that kind of feature in China for owners of some of its smartphones via a cloud service. The supported devices include the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, Mate 10, Mate RS, and MediaPad M5 tablet.
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As reported by Notebook Italia (via MSPoweruser), the company showed off this upcoming service, called Huawei Cloud PC, at the CES Asia 2018 trade show, which opened this week in Shanghai. The service uses the company’s own Huawei Desktop Protocol, which allows the cloud version of Windows 10 to access the file system of the Android smartphone directly. For example, this will allow owners of a Huawei P20 Pro to take a picture with its triple rear cameras, and then open up that image in a Windows 10 version of Photoshop.
Huawei Cloud PC requires an app to be installed on the Android device, but no other hardware or software is need to run Windows 10. In fact, when connected to an external monitor via a USB Type-C cable, the Windows 10 screen can expand to a full desktop view.
There’s no word on pricing or a launch date for Huawei Cloud PC, but it will only be available in China for now. It’s possible that it could expand to Europe for Huawei phone owners in that market, but local cloud servers would also have to be established. It’s highly unlikely this service will come to the US.