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Microsoft’s next-gen smartphone ‘Surface Duo 2’ to launch later this year

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Microsoft is still trying to capture the smartphone markets and in order to woo its consumers, the makers are advancing technologically like its previous year’s mega hit- the Surface Duo- which was their high-end dual-screen smartphone with a customised Android experience.

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Though the brand insisted that the device wasn’t exactly a smartphone but with a signature inwards dual screen the Surface Duo is still a unique Android device in the market like no other. However, that hasn’t reportedly stopped Microsoft from rolling out an updated model – the Surface Duo 2.

As per a report by Windows Latest, the Surface Duo 2 has been under development since late 2020 and is likely to be launched in the later part of 2021. The Surface Duo 2 will improve on some widely criticised shortcomings of the original Duo by bringing in a faster processor, better cameras and 5G support, while software is expected to be the primary focus. As per sources, the Surface Duo 2 will be putting “special emphasis” on fixing the software issues and improving it all, including the camera app.

The company is also looking to deliver a mobile user experience that brings about “the best of Microsoft to the Android ecosystem,” the source said.

The smartphone makers are also working on the development of the “Obscured Regions” API that “adds information about the regions of the display that has been obscured by other tasks or system UI”.

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“The API will allow the developer to re-flow the experience into the visible regions. For example, a Launcher might animate its bottom drawer to the un-obscured are to allow the user to launch another application,” the company said.

In 2021, Microsoft will not only release its technological masterpiece- the Surface Duo 2- but it will also launch a series of other products like Surface Laptop 4 in April and the Surface Pro 8 in October or November.

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