Microsoft explains how to create applications for the Surface Duo

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For years Microsoft has been known to be “the business of Windows and Office”, but times have changed and the current Microsoft is even more ambitious. One of the divisions that stands out the most lately is the Surface, daring with all kinds of computers with great design and futuristic.

Between all of these computers, the Surface Duo is one of the most we liked, being a device that uses Android. It is not a mobile nor a tablet, but a kind of notebook with two screens and a hinge that allows you to close it. This device is so funny you need a special software so that applications can express its full potential. And create the right tools it is the responsibility of the own Microsoft.

Microsoft explains how to create applications for the Surface Duo

One of the most striking features of the Surface Duo is its dual-screen, something that we’ve seen in devices like the best phones of LG. While each screen is able to use a stand-alone application, the real productivity is unleashed when an application is able to use both screens. And Microsoft wants everyone to be able to adapt their applications.

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To achieve this they have created a new SDK (Software Development Kit), which includes all the tools that an application developer needs to take advantage of the potential of the Surface Duo.

This SDK works as a plugin to Android Studio, so that one of its advantages is that an application developer will not have to create from scratch an application, but adapting functional applications and existing Sufrface Duo.

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In the development Kit, Microsoft has emphasized the three key features of the experience:

  1. SurfaceDuoLayout: Control interface for applications that use one or two screens.
  2. SurfaceDuoScreenManager: Control of the mode changes and the application responds appropriately.
  3. ScreenHelper: Provides information about the display and state of the hinges in order to best adapt the application.

If you’re a developer of applications and you have curiosity or interest in learning more about how to install this development kit and start working with him, we recommend you to read the article from Microsoft’s official.

SDK Microsoft Surface Duo – All the information.

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