Microsoft facilitates the development of apps for your Surface Duo, the mobile Android with two screens

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Microsoft decided to move your vision of the Surface to Android, although his style: to do this it has developed a mobile phone with two screens. And want it to be unique, also perfect for offering a different way of using apps: the company has developed different ways of adapting the interface to the Microsoft Surface Duo. Because the two displays may give much more of himself than to behave like a tablet.

Do you remember the ‘tablet’ Microsoft Surface Duo? The company announced its mobile Android with two screens some months ago without have since still in circulation. Yes, we know design, we also know some of its features, but up here. In fact, we do not know its price and also availability; for more than the scheduled date is in the Christmas of this 2020. And, since Microsoft wants its Surface Duo will be more appealing to its future owners, the company has developed various templates for the interfaces of the apps that the creators may take for applications to adapt perfectly to the double screen.


Different ways to take advantage of the double screen

Templates Apps Microsoft Surface Duo Development of applications tailored to Microsoft Surface Duo

The mobile folding have been introduced to new ways of using Android. Google have already prepared the operating system for these needs, months before Samsung presented the Galaxy Fold: from the animations to make the interface adapt in a way clear and smooth to the expansion of the screen to ways of dividing up the use of several applications at once. After that, each brand has developed, including its own vision of how they should behave interfaces ‘extensible’, a trend that Microsoft has decided to sign up.

The Microsoft Surface Duo is not a mobile foldable to use as your screen is not continuous: the hinges split the panel. As do manufacturers such as Sony tablet Por ZTE with its Axon M, Microsoft has bet on the use of two separate panels so as to extend the interface or to split it into multiple applications as the user deems appropriate. This expands the possibilities, both for the user and for the developer. Because, how can an application take advantage of the two screens so as to provide independent information in each one?

Templates Apps Microsoft Surface Duo Different templates for the interface Surface Duo

Microsoft has foreseen the various uses of the Surface Duo. And has recently created various templates that can be applied to the interface of the applications. For example, there are these ‘layouts’:

  • Application on a screen. The developer can choose to have your app run on one of the panels while the other is left free for the user to open any other app or game. This functionality can be adapted to both its use in vertical as in horizontal.
  • Use of the two screens: main and options. The developer can adapt his or her application to divide the functions between the two screens. For example, if it is an image editor, you can get the photo with the changes in the left and leave all the control settings for the right screen. This use is suitable for both vertical and horizontal.
  • Use of the two screens in continuity. As if it were a tablet, the applications can make use of the two screens simultaneously so as to expand the area of the interface.

In addition to offering a variety of different templates or layouts for the interface Surface Duo, Microsoft has also provided the code codes for every developer to include it in their apps through Android Studio (must be updated). All the information is already available in the web development Microsoft. Is also available the updated SDK.

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