Surface Duo with Google’s mobile OS and two screens is
launching later this year. This smartphone from Microsoft will
be running the Microsoft Launcher and support all Google
services, including the Play Store but Microsoft plans to
replace most of the Google services with its own solution.
Design-wise, Surface Duo is just a smaller variant of the
Surface Neo running Windows 10X. The screens on the Surface Duo
are quite large with sizable top and bottom bezels, but it’s a
slim and sleek device.
Software-wise, the dual-screen Surface Duo will ship with
Android 10 and Microsoft Launcher 6 or newer. Microsoft
Launcher 6 is built on a new codebase with support for
landscape mode and this version is supposed to ship with the
According to Microsoft, its new Launcher app allows the company
to add multiple new features more easily.
According to the changelog, Microsoft Launcher 6 introduces
Personalised news and Customizable app icons. In addition,
Microsoft has introduced full-featured dark theme support and
enabled low memory utilization, which should also reduce
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft Launcher 6 comes with a
couple of hidden features that might be exclusive to the
Surface Duo, but all other features will be available for
Microsoft noted that it has also added fluent animations
support and there are plans to introduce new app icons.
Here’s a list of all the new features in Microsoft Launcher v6:
- Personalized news.
- Landscape mode.
- Customizable and adaptive icons.
- Bing-powered beautiful wallpapers
Dark theme and it’s compatible with Android’s system-wide
dark mode settings.
- Improved performance, memory and battery optimization.
- Fluent animations.
As as you update your build of the Microsoft Launcher to
version 6, you’ll be able to use a proper folder structure to
organize your app drawer.