Surface Duo Blog

Adapting to Android multi-window and foldable devices

Hello Android developers! Although multi-window support was first introduced in Android 7 (API 24), many developers are only recently starting to adapt their code to this feature as dual-screen, foldable, and large-screen devices are becoming more common. If you’re considering adapting your apps for the latest larger-screen ...

Travel Planner dual-screen sample app

Hello Android developers! Over the summer, Hersh and I worked on a sample app that demonstrates a variety of dual-screen app possibilities. We used APIs like Jetpack Window Manager to create features that work across different foldable devices, including Microsoft Surface Duo. In this post, I’ve highlighted some of our favorite ...

Jetpack Window Manager alpha10 update

Hello Android developers! Google recently released the latest version of the Jetpack Window Manager package, and as with previous releases, we’ve updated our docs and samples to match. This post walks through using the new API to get layout updates when your apps are running on dual-screen and foldable devices, like Microsoft ...

TwoDo dual-screen data entry sample

Hello Android developers! A common “first app” for new developers is a simple to-do list app – it typically incorporates data entry, database storage, multiple views, and simple navigation, so it’s great for learning. The app I’m sharing today, called TwoDo, is exactly that, except it is also built for dual-screen devices...

eBook sample with Jetpack Window Manager

Hello Android developers! Reading books on Microsoft Surface Duo can be a great take on the classic reading experience. In this blog, we will walk through an eBook reader sample I created as an internship project. This eBook sample demonstrates how the Two Page layout for foldable devices can naturally spread content across multiple...

ExoPlayer video on dual-screen and foldable devices

Hello Android developers! The Microsoft Surface Duo is a great device for consuming multimedia content, and ExoPlayer is a simple, powerful widget for rendering video. Raymond and I are interns on the Surface Duo Developer Experience team, and we're excited to share two dual-screen enhanced samples that showcase video experiences on...

Window Manager preview for Xamarin

Hello Xamarin developers! We’ve discussed Window Manager in previous blog posts – it’s an AndroidX library that brings dual-screen and foldable support to Android, across a variety of devices including Microsoft Surface Duo. Window Manager is now available to test with Xamarin.Android apps via a prerelease NuGet Xamarin....

Surface Duo at Microsoft Build

Hello developers! Microsoft Build starts today with a keynote by Satya Nadella. The session catalog includes several Microsoft Surface sessions for developers looking to enhance their mobile applications for Surface Duo. Join the Surface Duo Developer Experience team in a mix of live and on-demand sessions that will help you build amazing ...

Join us live on Twitch (and YouTube)

Hello dual-screen and foldable device developers, Those of you following us on Twitter will have noticed in recent weeks that we’ve been inviting you to join a livestream each Friday (11am Pacific; 2pm Eastern; 8pm in Europe). We just recently celebrated 12 episodes over the past three months! If you haven’t joined us yet...