Microsoft is finishing the finishing touches on its Surface Duo and some of the main new features have already been known in a recent leak made to the brand's folding.
Today we present in greater detail this equipment from the Redmond company, through an analysis of what Microsoft Android apps will be able to do on the Surface Duo.
This is the technology company's first foldable and comes with two screens. The launch should be soon and by the end of this month Microsoft should have completed the final version of the apps that come pre-installed on the equipment.
The website Windows Central made a detailed analysis to some of the most important Android applications from Microsoft that will compose the Surface Duo system.
Microsoft Launcher is the default on the Surface Duo and has a deep integration with the dual screen. By default, the user has two home screens and docks that can be customized with widgets and app icons.
Moving between the home screens will move the content between them. It brings a sticky notes feature that therefore has support for the Surface Pen and syncs with the Sticky Notes app on Windows 10.
It also comes with the new “group” feature where you can pair two apps on the same icon. By clicking, they open both simultaneously and the user can also define which screen opens each of these applications.
Microsoft Edge is the native browser for this foldable and also supports both screens. The interface is automatically adjusted and when occupying both screens, the search bar will be on the left, while favorites are placed on the right.
This feature also applies to websites, but for the most part the central part of the Surface Duo can cut the content. And not all programmers will design apps to support both screens properly.
The browser also offers the ability to drag and drop images, text and web page links in other apps that support drag and drop.
Microsoft Outlook comes pre-installed on the Surface Duo and will then be the main app for email and calendar. In short, it manages the phone's contacts and synchronizes contacts stored at Microsoft.
The calendar icon shows the current date and gives quick access to the calendar, while the email icon directs the user to the email, as expected.
The email app can be expanded with the inbox on the left and the email content on the right, so that when you click on an email, it will be displayed on the right screen.
In turn, the calendar can also be extended by both screens and supports drag and drop functionality.
This is another app that comes pre-installed on the Surface Duo and consequently will be one of the main ones for using the Surface Pen.
It also supports the extension and will also put the list of notes on the left screen and the selected note on the right.
The Microsoft Office application is also compatible with drag and drop and extends across two screens.
On the left part there are all the documents recently stored on OneDrive and when you touch any of them, it will be opened and displayed on the right screen.
The task-oriented application is also capable of supporting both screens.
When stretched, you can touch a task on the left side and it will appear on the right screen, that is, the user can perform different actions without having to go back in the app.
OneDrive is also already installed in the Microsoft folding folder and is then configured to make automatic photo backups.
The app can be stretched and the user will see the files on the left screen and the files will be displayed on the right. In documents, just click with the Surface Pen to save them as PDF.
The Swiftkey is the keyboard that comes with the Surface Duo by default and you can drag and drop the keyboard on each of the screens to move it.
There is also a rumor that it will be possible to stretch the screen across the two screens to write with both thumbs.
The app has two themes, one light and one dark, to protect the users' vision.
The Settings can also be extended across both screens, with the settings appearing on the left screen and the settings selected on the right.
It brings options for Microsoft Launcher, Outlook, OneDrive, Surface Pen, Peek Mode, among others.
General System Behavior
When locked, Surface Duo displays the time, date and quick access to the camera and flashlight on the left screen. In turn, notifications and incoming calls will appear on the right screen, also on this side that the foldable can be unlocked.
The right screen is the main one for system tasks, but it is not yet known whether this feature can be customized.
To close an app, just swipe from the bottom up, just like on the iPhone. To widen the app across both screens, just swipe up, but instead of releasing it, drag and drop the app to the center panel.
As a rule, applications are opened in a screen mode and on the screen where they are placed. For example, if Twitter is on the right screen, clicking on it will open only on the right screen, and then it can be dragged or widened.