It is considered that Google is the sole ruler of Android, which may influence the course of development of the operating system, but is not even close to true. Moreover, the openness of the platform allows manufacturers to self-customize it the way they want, so even a third-party company periodically join Google as part of any project and working to improve Android with her. Of course, this doesn’t happen often, but if it happens, promises OSes radical changes.
The most important thing for those who are too lazy to read the whole text:
- Microsoft has teamed up with Google to create a special version of Android for smartphone foldable Surface Duo, that’s not out yet;
- Microsoft and Google have redesigned the OS design to enable it to run properly on two screens at once (the Surface Duo two screens);
- Android for Surface Duo got native support for new gestures, stylus and learned to recognize how pressing;
- Microsoft and Google have redesigned the Chromium (on the basis of the Chrome browser) so it can simultaneously work with two screens;
- Microsoft reserves all the practices of Google, which will be able to provide them to all manufacturers of foldable smartphones. The first candidate is the Galaxy Fold 2.
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Microsoft has joined Google to collaborate on Android and expand the functionality of the OS in the last year. Of course, the companies decided to join forces not out of the blue. The reason was the desire of Microsoft to enter the market of Android smartphones with foldable novelty Surface Duo. But because of the design features of the future device Microsoft has not been able to adapt Android properly and turned to Google for help, suggesting the contribution of new ideas and the work of their developers.
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The Union of Google and Microsoft has gone Android good, because in the process of working on the project, the parties have trained the operating system to work simultaneously with two screens, what is actually a fairly trivial task. With this feature, users Surface Duo will be able to transfer information from one screen to the other with swipe gesture on the principle of Drag & Drop in iOS, and interact with elements on each screen independently, which should facilitate the work in multitasking mode.
Stylus support for Android
Despite the fact that there are several Android smartphones with stylus support, the operating system itself this element by default is not supported. However, after joining Microsoft to Google project realized that this was a missed opportunity. So the company decided to add in the OS support for special interfaces, which will not only allow compatible smart phones to recognize a touch stylus, but also to determine the degree of depression. This will allow you to draw, edit images, write and do many things that previously was only available on the Galaxy Note.
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Native stylus support allows Surface Pen to work in the Android environment more naturally. The pen will be able to respond to different levels of depression and to participate in the management interface, for example, when you drag an element from one screen to another. You will also like the gestures that will offer a Surface Pen. It and double-tap to capture the image, and the screen without being touched to a smartphone, and fast commands to start desired applications such as Microsoft Outlook, explained Microsoft.
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But the most important is that Microsoft is not opposed to third-party manufacturers have used her ideas in their smartphones. Therefore, a new foldable devices that will enter the market in the future, definitely will use the ideas and mechanisms developed by Google and Microsoft in a joint project. It’s actually a big deal because up to this point, these large corporations chose not to unite, and to work alone with the purpose of competition, instead of trying to make the perfect product together.