2021 dual-screen year in review
Hello Android developers!
2021 was a big year for dual-screen devices with the release of Microsoft Surface Duo 2. It has also been a busy year for developers with Jetpack Window Manager – Google’s common API for foldable device info – graduating from alpha to beta and then release candidate, the SlidingPaneLayout control was enhanced for foldables, and we also expanded our platform support to Jetpack Compose and Flutter.
With the year quickly coming to a close, this week we’re going to revisit some of the most popular content from the Surface Duo developer blog.
Popular blog posts
Throughout 2021 we have shared samples and updates to help enhance your apps for dual-screen and foldable devices. Here are some of the more popular posts worth re-reading:
Kotlin and Java
22nd April – CI/CD code quality
13th May – Foldable SlidingPaneLayout
15th July – Jetpack Compose TwoPaneLayout
12th August – Navigation Rail
7th October – Updated Pen SDK
4th November – Jetpack Compose Navigation Rail
16th December – Dual Screen Experience app on Google Play
21st January – Dual-screen ReactJS
1st April – Dual-screen Angular
15th April – Build dual-screen PWAs
3rd March – Flutter Engage
3rd June – Hinge angle support
6th May – Beautiful Xamarin.Forms apps
17th June – Jetpack Window Manager support
9th September – Jetpack Window Manager support
2nd December – UnoConf and Jetpack Window Manager support
We also shared a case study from the Outlook team.
Surface Duo Emulator
The Surface Duo Android emulator was updated for Surface Duo 2 and Android 11, and the team improved support for pen and multitouch interactions in QEMU. The download and installation instructions for the emulator are in the documentation.
We introduced the Design Kit at the start of the year, and progressively expanded it with new guidance and updates for Surface Duo 2.
7th January – Design Kit preview 0.1
8th April – Localized design guidance
10th June – Pen, video, and other updates
11th November – Design Kit 2.1
Resources and feedback
We look forward to working with you to enhance your apps for dual-screen devices in 2022. Have a happy and safe new year 🎉