Microsoft releases Surface Duo 2 Android emulator for app developers

Rabia Noureen

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Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Duo 2 at its Surface 2021 event earlier this week, and it’s now following up by allowing developers to optimize apps for the dual-screen device. The company released an emulator for the Surface Duo 2 yesterday, and it’s available on all platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux.

This emulator is primarily designed for developers to help build new apps or update existing ones by enabling them to simulate the Surface Duo 2 experience right on their PCs. However, Surface Duo enthusiasts can also install and play with the emulator, but they will need to be familiar with Android Studio, Visual Studio and more to get it running.

Microsoft says the Surface Duo emulator is running Android 11, and it stimulates “a complete dual-screen experience” for app developers. The latest Surface Duo Android emulator is available to download on this support page.

  • Simulates the hinge with a 3D modes view.
  • Supports Jetpack Window Manager APIs for adaptive UI layouts.
  • When used on a touch-screen host device like Microsoft Surface PCs, supports multitouch and pen sensitivity.
  • Works with Android Studio, Visual Studio, VSCode, and other IDEs used for Android app development.

The new Surface Duo 2 comes with a bunch of new features and brings 5G support, three rear-facing cameras, two 5.8-inch, 1344 x 1892 OLED screens, and more. The Surface Duo 2 pricing starts at $1,499 and is available for pre-order in select markets ahead of its October 21 release date in the US.