Hello Android developers!
As the weather cools down (or heats up, depending on your hemisphere), it’s time to take a break and ease into the new year. If you’re using down time to learn a new skill or get some personal projects underway, we have plenty of content to keep you entertained!
Here’s some suggestions for Microsoft Surface Duo developers to watch online (and be sure to read to the end for a few game suggestions to play).
Each week the Surface Duo developer experience team discuss our blog topics in detail on Twitch at twitch.tv/SurfaceDuoDev. Developers can join and ask questions live or watch later via our YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe!).
Design Kit overview
There is dual-screen and foldable design guidance available in the Surface Duo documentation and also in this Figma Design Kit. In this video overview, Mehul walks through the different elements of the design kit and how to use it:
Check out the recent blog of Surface Duo droidcon sessions in 2021, which included Kotlin, Flutter, and web, all available to watch now.
Andrei also spoke at DartUP this month, and that talk is also available online:
We also spoke at Microsoft Build earlier in 2021, and those talks are available to watch too.
If playing games over the holidays is more your speed, try some of the following options for Surface Duo.
Xbox Game Pass is a great platform for Surface Duo users using the Android app – there’s a huge catalog of games that you can stream to your device, and you can use an external controller or use the second screen as the controller!
Gameloft has also released three dual-screen optimized games – Asphalt 9: Legends, Modern Combat 5, Dungeon Hunter 5 – which each use the second screen in a unique way.
Looting is also available on Google Play and supports Surface Duo.
And, of course, the classic Microsoft Solitaire Collection also works great on Surface Duo devices!
If you’re interested in playing games where the source code is available, check out these web-based titles:
- Foldship (source) – battleship-style play against the computer
- Star Fold (source) – vertical scrolling space shooter
If you’ve enjoyed these or other dual-screen games over the holidays, we’d love to hear about it – use the feedback forum or message us on Twitter @surfaceduodev.
Due to holidays our regular dual screen developer livestream will be pre-recorded and broadcast at 11am (Pacific time) this Friday. You can also check out the archives on YouTube.