In July, Microsoft hired engineers and designers from a global design services company based in Romania. Microsoft’s device division has reportedly set up an in-house team to shape the future of Surface Duo and its software. Surface Duo will be based on Android 10, which will support Android 11 later this year, and is expected to start shipping in the last week of August. It has been rumoured that work on Surface Duo 2 has begun and that Microsoft has already begun to expand its in-house team.
Microsoft’s Surface Post Launch software team is hiring engineers to shape the future of Surface Duo, according to multiple job offers. Microsoft says advanced software developers are required to have a strong background in shipping consumer devices and should be familiar with the Linux kernel, firmware, Android framework and Android apps.
Microsoft has also released other job postings that appear to indicate that the company is developing several dual-screen devices. While a sequel to Surface Duo is clearly in the works, it is unlikely to come in 2020. Until June, Surface Duo’s Android operating system development had been outsourced to third-party agencies, including a Romanian-based company, Movial. Last month, Microsoft hired engineers from its new internal team to work on the Surface Duo operating system.
The plan to hire more people for future dual-screen devices does show that Microsoft is serious about Surface Duo-type mobile devices or pocket-sized computers. The first-generation Surface Duo, which is reportedto be available for the week of August 24, features a Qualcomm SnapDragon 855 processor, 6GB of ram, 256GB of internal storage and an 11-megapixel front-facing camera.