Microsoft’s Surface Duo gets some love from Google

Surface Duo teaser by Google

After the launch of phones like the LG V60 and Microsoft’s
Surface Duo, multiple screens are set to become more common.
Early adopters can now benefit from having multiple displays
when using Chrome and Maps, thanks to a new update that Google
pushed out recently.

On Windows desktop, you can have two tabs open in full screen
at the same time and the same feature is now rolling out to
Chrome for Android if you use a dual-screen device like the
Surface Duo.

According to a code commit,
Google started working on full-featured dual-screen support for
Chrome in April. If you’re unable to get it to work, there’s a
new flag called “multiple display” that enables support for
secondary display when active.

To use Chrome’s secondary display support, you need to select a
new option “Move to other window” in its context menu. When you
click on the option, Chrome will immediately open the current
tab on your Surface Duo’s other display.

Chrome on Surface Duo

Likewise, if you long-press a link on a webpage, you’ll be
offered to open the highlighted link in “other window”. These
options only appear on dual-screen devices like Microsoft’s
Surface Duo.

Google Maps gets dual-screen support on Surface Duo

Google Maps update also adds support for Surface Duo, which
means you can now easily access map on one screen and
information on the other.

After the update, Google Maps is able to detect the hinge
position and adjust the user interface without cutting off the
information. For example, you’ll find the business information
on the left display when the map is on the right side.

It’s also worth noting that Google Maps doesn’t center the
information or map around the hinge area, which results in
significantly improved visibility.

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