Surface Duo Blog

Experimenting with postures in Flutter

The things I'm doing in this article are highly experimental. By the end of it hopefully you will agree with these two statements: To achieve the desired behavior, I end up using several hacky techniques which I would think twice before shipping to production. This article is not a tutorial. It is a story of the fun I had with ...

Making a gamepad for my Flutter game

Did you know that building games in Flutter is just as easy as building apps? There is even a game engine built on top of it called Flame. Today we are first going to explore building a simple game with Flame and then enhance the game for dual-screen and foldable devices. This space themed game will use an on-screen gamepad controller as ...

Responsive layouts in Flutter with TwoPane

Welcome to another Flutter update. This time we will dive into TwoPane, tell you how to get it from pub.dev and focus on the types of layouts you can build with it. Before we get to examples, we will first see what parameters it exposes. This widget has cousins in other frameworks, making its context interesting to explore. Let us first ...

Flutter foldable support is now stable

Hello! Flutter 3 was announced last week, and we have good news to share with you. The foldable support that we contributed to Flutter is now released in the latest stable branch. Let us dive into what this means for you. We will first go over the new API that you can use and then review what else Flutter now does for you out of the box...

Google I/O 2022 recap

Hello Android developers, Another Google I/O has flown by, and we were excited to see sessions on foldable user experience design as well as developer-focused talks for updating existing apps to be more responsive and using Jetpack Compose. Here are our favorite sessions and announcements from the past few days: Flutter 3 announced...

Foldable Flutter follow-up

How else to start this article other than saying Hello Flutter developers! This is an update on the foldable support we are contributing to Flutter, along with samples and other goodies for you to try out. Before we dive in, here is a video presenting most of what you are about to read. This is from the Flutter Vikings conference which ...

Happy Two Year

Hello developers! Welcome to 2022 – a great year to be developing for two screens! To kick off the new year we’re going to do a quick recap of all the two screen enhanced components – across developer platforms – that can help you get started quickly with dual-screen and foldable support, while also providing great single-...

Microsoft Surface Duo at droidcon

Hello Android developers! The Surface Duo Developer Experience team presented at our first in-person events this year, at droidcon in Berlin and London. droidcon Berlin We presented our brand-new Surface Duo 2 in Berlin. People loved the device and the possibilities that it offers. We delivered a talk and a ...

Happy Hacktober

Hello open source developers! For the past few years October has become synonymous with open source, so this year we’ve decided to opt-in our samples repositories to Hacktoberfest to encourage the community to join us in building dual-screen enhanced Android projects. Figure 1: Build or contribute to apps for Microsoft ...

Dual-screen developer tools recap

Hello dual-screen developers, Each week we cover a different aspect of dual-screen development, but with so much happening it’s difficult to cover ALL of the platforms that support the Microsoft Surface Duo. This post is a quick run-down of all the different tools and platforms that developers can use to create dual-screen ...

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