“Microsoft recently completed an agreement with Movial to hire employees across several offices as part of the company’s efforts to boost Windows and Android development efforts,” states a Microsoft spokesperson.
Microsoft has honed in on Android for the development of its forthcoming dual-screen, Surface Fold, with the company bringing development in-house with the partial acquisition of Movial software company. The deal appears to be a similar maneuver to Google’s purchase of HTC’s smartphone R&D division several years ago.
The company seems to envision it as a form of companion device for Windows 10 laptops. It’s modified version of Android has been designed to deliver a pseudo mobile Windows 10 dual-screen experience, with a whole slew of Microsoft productivity apps shown in videos and images of the Surface Duo.
Microsoft has spent the past few weeks teasing the Surface Duo, and it now looks like the dual-screen device is ready to launch. Microsoft’s Android-powered device first appeared at the FCC earlier this week, and it has shown up on the Bluetooth SIG certification page. Devices typically appear in FCC and Bluetooth listings just a few weeks away from launching.
With the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, Pixel 4a and iPhone 12 set to launch in the coming months, the Surface Duo will have a lot of competition for attention. We just hope Microsoft has nailed the software experience to make such a foldable Surface device feel like a worthy purchase.