Microsoft revealed an Android-powered smartphone ‘Surface Duo’
last year, which blurs the line between phones and tablets by
offering two AMOLED displays that can run
Microsoft remains committed to its dual-screen mobile device
lineup and the software giant could be forming an internal team
that will develop the customized Android OS work of the Surface
Duo going forward.
Earlier this week, the tech giant acquired the Romanian
operations of Movial, a Finnish software engineering company
that specializes in mobile and Android devices.
Microsoft was working with Movial on Android OS development for
the Surface Duo and after the acquisition, Romania will serve
as Microsoft’s fourth research and development center in the
“We are excited to continue to expand Microsoft’s presence in
Romania and would like to welcome these new employees of
Microsoft Romania,” said Violeta Luca, CEO of Microsoft
As part of the partnership, the tech giant will bring in 60
Movial employees into its Devices division, which is a sign
that the company is serious about its smartphone market.
Surface Duo running Android 10 and Microsoft Launcher is
expected to launch in August 2020.