Folded Surface Duo to let you peek at notifications

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If you are aware of the features on Microsoft’s upcoming foldable devices, you expect them to offer dramatically enhanced user experiences. The gadget’s dual-screen design lends itself to numerous use cases as Microsoft has showcased before, such as in this Surface Duo demo.

The Redmond-based company has been revealing exciting details about how things work on the device, bit by bit. Based on recent revelations, Microsoft is now working on a notification preview feature for the Surface Duo.

Ability to peek at Android notifications

Twitter user WalkingCat recently leaked a video showing a peek feature for the Surface Duo. With the gadget partly open, you can catch a glimpse of Android notifications popping up on the right-hand display.

You will also be able to see incoming calls without unfolding the gadget fully. If you do not wish to receive a call after previewing it, closing the phone will do the trick.

The perfect answer to Galaxy Fold’s external display?

So far, it is clear that the Surface Duo will only have two interior 5.6-inch displays separated by a hinge. There will be no third outer screen through which you may access some applications with the device fully closed.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold, on the other hand, has a single 7.3-inch foldable display. With the smartphone entirely folded, you can run applications of your choice on its 4.6-inch exterior (or front) screen.

So, some commentators are suggesting that the ability to peek at calls and notifications on a partly open Surface Duo is Microsoft’s answer to Galaxy Fold’s smaller outer screen. Such comparisons sound a little bit far-fetched, considering the distinct capabilities of the two features.

Depending on your personal preferences, you may do anything on Galaxy Fold’s third screen, from quick math on the calculator app to watching YouTube videos. A folded Surface Duo does not let you do such things. 

Although the peek feature serves a different purpose from a functional outer display, it is still a welcome way to view critical alerts on your dual-screen device quickly.

The leaked video is a GIF, though, meaning that you are not viewing a physical device demo. Instead, the animation shows a dual-screen phone function that is currently a work in progress.

Hopefully, a Microsoft employee will soon show up somewhere with a real Surface Duo sporting the latest system notifications feature.


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