Microsoft hasn’t made much changes to Surface Duo’s default Android experience compared to the Nokia X Series, but the company is making some useful tweaks to distinguish Surface Duo from traditional smartphones. Microsoft’s Launcher will be the soul of Surface Duo, which recently implemented a new landscape model in the Microsoft Launcher, which could make the tablet experience better and allow users to take advantage of the Surface Duo dual screen area.
Microsoft is developing another new feature called The App Group, which will be very similar to samsung app pairs on the Galaxy and Note series. The App Group feature on Surface Duo will allow you to create groups that let you launch two apps directly into a dual-screen session. In other words, this feature will allow you to easily preselect and pair two applications to start quickly in multi-window views.
When you use an app group, you create a shortcut and pin it to the home screen, giving you faster access to the apps you visit frequently. For example, you can create a group of OneNote and Microsoft Edge, then tap the shortcut icon, start OneNote on the left screen, and start Edge on the right screen. Similarly, you can create a set of Edge and communications apps to take advantage of Duo Surface.
Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Microsoft Launcher 6 for those in the test program, and we expect the Microsoft Launcher 6 or updated version to be pre-installed in Surface Duo later this year. Microsoft Launcher has acquired some improvements and new features, including the ability to use launcher mode and organize app drawers with folders. Microsoft is also developing “peeping” capabilities and stylus integration for dual-screen Surface Duo, which is expected to be launched in August 2020.