Microsoft began shipping the Surface Duo, the company’s first Android device, which was officially announced in late 2019.
Customers who ordered the dual-screen Android phone received it earlier this week, and since it runs on Google’s operating system, it was obviously only a matter of time before it ended up in the car that powers Android Auto.
And as we said recently, the Surface Duo should provide the full-featured Android Auto experience, simply because it is powered by the same version of Android as Google or Samsung phones.
But thanks to its dual screen form factor, the Surface Duo can do much more in the car, and these photos, published by several editors who bought the device, are living proof of that.
First of all, the Android Auto experience is almost the same as any other Android phone, so the Surface Duo brings nothing new on this front. But on the other hand, thanks to its design, which also allows tablet mode when both displays are open, Surface Duo gives you a second large screen where you can run applications that are not supported by Android Auto.
For example, the photos you see here show that Android Auto runs on the main unit, while the Surface Duo is used for EV applications. The main drawback here is that the Surface Duo will obviously consume more space on the console, but on the other hand you get a significantly enlarged screen with support for each application published in the Google Play Store.
Android 11 comes with important improvements for Android Auto, as it unlocks wireless mode for all devices, as long as there is a compatible master device.