Microsoft isn’t known for its smartphones at all, but last year the company took a brave plunge and rolled out their high-end- dual-screen smartphone – the Surface Duo. The Microsoft Surface Duo, besides the signature dual screen, also came with a customised Android experience.
It’s been not exactly a year since the Surface Duo launched and according to reports, Microsoft is preparing to launch an updated model – the Surface Duo 2.
According to reports, the Surface Duo 2 has been under development since the second 50% of 2020 and is booked to launch by the fall of this current year. however, Microsoft may change its plans, that remains to be seen. For the Surface Duo 2, other than acquiring a quicker processor, better cameras and 5G support, software is expected to be the primary focus.
Surface Duo review had all good things to say about the display, the hinge and the design, however on the software front there were a lot of issues. As per sources, the Surface Duo 2 will put “special emphasis” on fixing the software issues and improving it all, including the camera app.
Additionally, Microsoft is also adding more engineers to the team working with the Surface Duo 2. Reports have it that there are multiple job listings posted by Microsoft and the company is looking to deliver a mobile user experience that brings about “the best of Microsoft to the Android ecosystem”.
Microsoft has also been directly adding to the improvement of Android like with the “Obscured Regions” API that adds information about regions of the display that has been obscured by other tasks or system UI.
“The API will allow the developer to re-flow the experience into the visible regions. For example, a Launcher might animate its bottom drawer to the un-obscured are to allow the user to launch another application,” Microsoft said.
also, the Surface Duo 2 isn’t the Surface product Microsoft is working with. The Company is also planning to launch the Surface Laptop 4 in April and the Surface Pro 8 in October or November.