Microsoft says Android is best OS for mobile devices like Surface Duo

Surface Duo Android device

The biggest surprise of the Microsoft Surface event was its
final introduction – Surface Phone called ‘Surface Duo’ with
two displays and a hinge that offers 360-degree rotation.

Following the failure of Windows on Mobile attempts and after
exiting the smartphone business in 2016, this is Microsoft’s
first mobile form factor, but the firm company doesn’t want you
to call Surface Duo a typical phone.

Surface Duo-like devices will ultimately replace modern-day
smartphones and Microsoft believes that Android is the right OS
for this product.

Microsoft has worked with Google to bring a customized Android
experience to dual-screen Surface Duo and as well as the Google
Play Store app ecosystem.

Surface Duo is an Android mobile device but not because
consumers aren’t interested in Windows-powered smartphones.
According to Microsoft’s Panos Panay, Android is the best
operating system for a device like Surface Duo and the company
doesn’t want to build a rival solution to win Android

“Best OS for this product is Android,” according to Panos
Panay, the CPO for the Microsoft Devices group.

“We wanted to meet customers where they were… and they were
with Android,” he said.
“If potential customers are already using Android, is it worth
building a rival solution from scratch to try and win them
over? Microsoft obviously no longer thinks so.”

Surface Duo thin device

At the moment, Microsoft has no plans to build a Surface Duo
with Windows 10 or Windows 10X, but this doesn’t mean the firm
won’t allow Windows into a mobile gear. The plans are subject
to change and we might see a small screen foldable device with
Windows 10 if Surface Neo succeeds.

Surface Duo comes with two 5.6-inch displays, coupled with
pretty large bezels and the prototype currently uses Snapdragon
855. It also comes with an in-ear speaker to enable phone
calling feature and the device has a selfie camera, but

Microsoft appears to be working on a prototype with a large
camera module.

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