Microsoft introduced the Surface Duo at the company’s hardware event in October last year. This dual screen device has two 5.6-inch screens (1350 x 1800 resolution), which when opened will give users a large 8.3-inch screen. Although we saw quite a lot of hardware details in October, Microsoft doesn’t allow anyone to play around with Android software and the bundled apps on the Surface Duo. However, a few days ago, things gradually became clearer when Microsoft launched the Android emulation toolkit for developers.
Reporter Zac Bowden tried the emulator and gesture navigation system developed by Microsoft, and Jonas Daehnert – also known as the nickname “PhoneDesigner” on Twitter – quickly paired the simulation screen into the images. a Surface Duo to show us how it works in this dual screen device.
Android on Microsoft Surface Duo
In the nearly 2-minute video above, you can see the Android apps and settings screen open in fullscreen mode on one screen. Microsoft allows users to choose whether or not to display apps on both screens, and recommends developers start testing and optimizing apps now.
While the apps and settings menu are open in fullscreen mode, you can see how smoothly Microsoft switches apps on the Android home screen: when an app is open, icons The application will immediately “fly” to the opposite screen so you can open other applications faster. Android’s multitasking screen also appears on just one screen, allowing Surface Duo users to drag and drop apps from there to the second screen.
Given that developers are now able to start building optimized Android apps for both screens, we must be excited to see how well they really make use of the second screen. Android apps for tablets have historically been notoriously bad, but Microsoft has chosen a different path: apps will almost exclusively run fullscreen on a single screen, so you can use two or more. application together, making the Android tablet experience more manageable; Of course, with complex applications that need to show on both screens, developers will have to find a way to limit the appearance of the middle hinge, making users less noticeable or easier to accept it.
Developers can download the new Android emulator from MIcrosoft’s website and get started right away. This emulator is optimized for Surface Duo, and a similar emulator for Windows10X will be released next month to help Windows developers get ready for the bigger screen Surface Neo. Microsoft may announce more details about its dual-screen devices in a developer webcast next month, and at the BUILD conference in May this year.