Surface Duo Blog

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 ...

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....

Creating beautiful dual-screen Xamarin.Forms apps

Hello .NET developers! The blog has previously featured tips for bringing Xamarin apps to Surface Duo and Microsoft Learn training to help enhance Xamarin apps. In this post we’ll discuss changes to animated layouts in a Xamarin.Forms app to adapt them for Microsoft Surface Duo. Adapt a design for Xamarin The sample project ...

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...

Bringing Sketch 360 to Microsoft Surface Duo

My inspiration Back in 2018, I came up with a way of using a Microsoft Surface to create 360 panoramic sketches and the Microsoft Garage encouraged me to release it as an app, Sketch 360. I created Sketch 360 because I wanted to develop a tool to help me create these immersive sketches more quickly. Because they are sketches from a ...

Enhancing Microsoft News for dual-screens

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work with a great team of interns to bring Microsoft News to the Microsoft Surface Duo. The interns are: Throughout the internship, the interns learned about Microsoft’s engineering process as well as Surface Duo and Android development. Now that the ...

Microsoft Surface Duo developer training now on Microsoft Learn

Hello Xamarin developers, This week we have added a new module to the Customize and add advanced features to Xamarin.Forms apps learning path on Microsoft Learn to help developers build apps for Surface Duo. Learn how to build apps for Surface Duo The new module is called Build dual-screen Xamarin.Forms apps by using ...

Surface Duo at Microsoft Build

Hello Microsoft Surface Duo developers! Today at Microsoft Build we shared a session covering how to take advantage of the dual screen device, Surface Duo using Xamarin and C#. You can watch the recording below: Video: Microsoft Build 2020 on YouTube Existing Android™ apps run without modification on the Surface Duo, but there...

Bring your Xamarin apps to Surface Duo

Xamarin developers can build and test dual-screen apps for the Surface Duo, using the available emulator and SDKs available via NuGet. The hinge angle and display mask can be queried to adapt your screen layouts, and there is a TwoPaneView Xamarin.Forms control that helps build responsive app designs that work on all device types.

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