Microsoft brings Android OS development for Surface Duo in-house with Movial acquisition

Joanna Estrada
July 7, 2020

During the transaction, 60 Movial employees from the company's office in Iasi joined the Microsoft Devices organization to continue its investment in Android platform development efforts.

The Surface Duo is expected to launch in the near future, with Microsoft reportedly trying to beat the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 to market. And to that end, Microsoft has acquired Movial's operations in Romania, Taiwan and the US.

Following the acquisition, Movial will contnue to work as an independent company with headquarters in Finland while the office in Romania will become Microsoft's fourth research and development center in the country.

Microsoft bringing the OS development for Surface Duo in-house is a big sign that the company is taking its renewed mobile phone efforts seriously. According to my sources, up until now, Microsoft had contracted the OS work out to third-party vendors such as Movial, who had the expertise required to bring Android to life on Surface Duo. It's very similar to the Surface Neo, except for the fact that it's smaller, and runs Android instead of Windows. Microsoft has already shown how apps will be able to span across two screens, and users will also be able to use two apps side by side and drag and drop content between them. Microsoft is now advertising job positions looking for Android engineers to work on Surface Duo. These are all things that could be fixed in the v2 that's reportedly in early stages of development, though it remains to be seen if the first version of Surface Duo will appeal to consumers and professionals.

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