Surface Duo Blog

Happy New Year 2023

Hello app builders, We’re excited to kick off the new year with a summary of all the great design and user experience guidance from the foldable and large-screen ecosystem. Can’t wait to see what new apps evolve in 2023! Large screen design patterns Read about the similarities and unique elements of the large screen design...

Happy Holidays 2022

Hello Android developers, Inspired by the growth of AI and its role in products like GitHub’s Copilot this year, we asked ChatGPT to “propose some applications for Surface Duo owners to use over the holidays”… One possible application for Surface Duo owners to use over the holidays could be to use the dual screens ...

Large-screen design patterns

Hello app designers, At the first Android Dev Summit of 2022 Google announced updated large screen design guidance, gallery, and tips for foldables. These updates included a list of canonical layouts which are complementary to the dual-screen design patterns featured in the Surface Duo developer documentation. Material Design has ...

Designing for foldable and large screens

Hello app designers! Today we are going to talk about designing for foldable and large screens. We’ve been practicing responsive web design for a long time - let's use those concepts to optimze your mobile app for different platforms and devices. Mobile apps can use adaptive designs to deliver a consistent app experience. In today...

Show off your apps with Phone Link

Hello Android developers! This week we’re going to share some tips and tricks to help you show off your development work in meetings, livestreams, recordings, blog posts, or anywhere else you want a video or still of your app! Demo-ing with Phone Link Your phone’s screen can be mirrored on Surface Duo and other ...

Surface Duo Design Kit 2.2 update

Hello app designers! Our Surface Duo Design Kit is now updated to version 2.2. If you haven’t heard of this kit before, Surface Duo Design Kit is the go-to place where you can find all our UX design suggestions and UI components for both Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2. It includes many of the interface components which you can ...

Dual-screen example adds Jetpack Compose to the experience

Hello Compose developers! This week, we’re excited to announce two big updates to our dual-screen experience example: a Compose refactor of the catalog page and a brand new order history page. The dual-screen experience example provides an end-to-end experience centered around a travelling guitar salesperson, with options ...

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 ...

droidcon San Francisco recap

Hello Android developers, Earlier this year the Surface Duo team attended our first in-person conference for the year at droidcon in San Francisco! It was great to meet Android developers from all over the world, demonstrate the features of Surface Duo, and chat about building apps for foldable and large screen devices. We’...

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