'This is Surface Duo’: Yes, Microsoft will release a dual-screen Android phone

CNET | 10/2/2019 | Shara Tibken
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Microsoft Product Chief Panos Panay gave a glimpse of the Surface Duo Android phone that will go on sale in a year.

Microsoft is making an Android phone. And it has two screens.

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The Windows software maker showed off its device, called the Surface Duo, Wednesday at an event in New York. The company said the two screens would make users more productive, and it showed video of people using a stylus with the phone. It didn't provide many details about the Surface Duo -- which joins another, larger dual-screen device, the Surface Neo -- but said it will be available in holiday 2020.

By partnering with Google, the device will be able to run apps from the Google Play Store.

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"This product brings together the absolute best of Microsoft, and we're partnering with Google to bring the absolute best of Android in one product," Microsoft Product Chief Panos Panay said. "This is industry pushing technology."

Microsoft tried for over two decades to make operating systems for mobile phones, but it gave up on the effort two years ago. It couldn't compete with the popularity of Google's Android and Apple's iOS, which will be on 87% and 13% of the world's smartphones this year, respectively, according to IDC. Instead, Microsoft has opted to expand its Office software and other services to rival devices, including iPhones. The company's first Android...
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