Last October, Microsoft introduced two dual-screen devices: Surface Neo, which is a kind of notebook made with two 9-inch screens that will use Windows 10X, and Surface Duo, a more compact device (two 5.6-inch panels) that runs Android
The team will go on sale sometime this year. This week, Microsoft published the Android emulator that allows software developers to test their applications in this version of the operating system.
Zac Bowden and Jonas Daehnert created this video, which shows how the applications on the double screen will behave to occupy both. They showed it briefly in the presentation of the devices. Now, we can see some interesting aspects for interested developers as well.
That The Double Screen Is Helpful
The idea is that the apps are tailored more specifically to this device. Therefore, it will have a different presentation from LG folding phone or ZTE Axon M. The device tries to take advantage of the double screen as independent panels. However, it is still connected to each other. Therefore, there is more productive multitasking possibility, or a single app can take more advantage of the double screen.
The company explains that apps will open occupying a single screen by default. However, in the case of Surface Neo and Duo, they can be opened occupying both screens. They intend that developers can exploit this to take advantage of the use of the double screen, for example using a screen for the main interface and another for options.
The clues that emulators give us
Note that Microsoft has published a Surface Duo emulator for Android so that developers can test their apps, with support for applications. The Windows 10X emulator will arrive next month, including support for native Windows APIs so that developers can optimize the apps in win32 or UWP (Universal Windows Platforms) in terms of what the hinge means.
The emulator includes the gesture system and simulates the hinge angles. There is also a union between the two screens and all aspects to consider when developing apps for these devices. In addition, the devices are compatible with stylus and touch pointers. This facility gives another possibility when creating apps adapted for them.
Furthermore, there will be a new web browser standard for double screen design. With this, a consumer will be able to distribute the content on both surfaces. The company also emphasized that Microsoft Edge supports progressive web applications. They can be installed directly from the browser on both Android and Windows 10X, supporting the same functions as this one in terms of the double screen.
In a few days, Microsoft will offer more explanations and details to interested developers. Although, it may be necessary to wait until May to know more about these devices and their software in Build 2020 (which will be held from May 19 to 21 in Seattle). Unfortunately, there is no news yet about its availability, which they will launch roughly by the end of 2020.
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