Microsoft aims to please creators with Surface Duo phone

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch the
Surface Duo ahead of the Samsung’s unveiling of the Galaxy Fold
2 in August 2020. With its new Surface Duo, Microsoft
has made progress blending the best of mobile devices and
tablet computers.

Microsoft also wants to make the Surface Duo work smoothly with
its Surface Pen stylus that the company uses for its Surface
Pro 7 and other products. As I highlighted in our exclusive
report, Microsoft has been playing with the
Android input stack to optimize the stylus behaviour on Surface
Duo.

For instance, the tempered input stack enables support for
touch input from your finger and the pen at the same. The
software inside Surface Duo also allows the stylus to work
seamlessly across both screens. In addition, there will be
minimal lag when using the pen.

I’m also expecting Microsoft to market the stylus capabilities
of the Surface Duo. For example, you can expect Microsoft to
talk about how the Surface Duo could help creators show their
skills.

In a support document published earlier this year, Microsoft
has revealed that developers
can use “Hinge Angle Sensor API” to enable smooth
transition smooth for the Paint apps when you unfold the
Surface Duo.

Surface Duo pen support

The Paint app will launch on the left screen by default with
all necessary tools, including a colour picker and a clear
button. Your drawing will automatically expand and get mirrored
on the second screen when you span the single screen to
dual-screen mode.

Likewise, Microsoft is also allowing app developers to use
“ViewModel” and “LiveData” values to save the hinge angle and
enable the app to observe these values and implement pen
strokes accordingly.

It’s no secret that Microsoft wants to make the Surface Duo
work best with the Surface Pen and the company is working on
multiple creators-focused features for the dual-screen
hardware.

Microsoft is also working on gestures support for Surface Duo,
including the ability to double-tap with the pen to take a
screenshot.

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