21 February 2020
Microsoft recently held a developer day to demonstrate various products and services it is working on. One such demo featured Surface Duo, a dual-display device powered by Android. It wanted to demonstrate exactly how apps would work on the two displays but it failed during the live stream due to being in the early stages of development. It has now edited the whole video to show the working part of the apps including Google Maps.
The edited video shows that Surface Duo will allow users to make use of the Google Maps application on one display as well as both displays. There are certain touch gestures for switching between both modes depending on one's preference or needs. The good thing is the existing gestures like pinch and zoom will continue to work even on in the dual-display mode.
There is no doubt that Microsoft showed edited footage to show the true potential of the device but it was an expected move. Whenever any company does live demos with unfinished products and services, there is always some probability of facing hiccups or them getting failed completely. The latter is what happened with Microsoft but since its ultimate goal is to encourage developers to build and optimize apps for dual displays, edited footage can also be used for it.
Lastly, the live demo fails also shows that Microsoft still has a lot of work to do before all those apps start working smoothly. It will surely take some time but we do hope that Surface Duo turns out to be the device Microsoft and fans are hoping for. It has the potential to start a new wave of devices that could change the way we multi-task on mobile devices.