Microsoft releases new Web APIs to optimize web pages for dual screen and foldable devices
Foldables are the future…or at least that’s what a lot of Android OEMs are hoping it to be. Samsung is investing heavily in the foldable ecosystem, and its latest foldable, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has widely been hailed as the best take yet on this form factor. Microsoft is also pushing the foldable form factor ahead, albeit with a dual-display agenda, and it has landed itself a product that bears promise for the future in the form of the Micrsoft Surface Duo. There’s definitely room to improve, and so, Microsoft has released new Web APIs that will aid in optimizing web pages for dual screen and foldable devices.
Dual screen smartphones and foldable face a two-fold (heh) challenge in current times: not only do they have to get the hardware right, but they also need to focus on getting the software right in a way that brings out utility from the form factor over and above a normal smartphone. OEMs can’t do it alone, and they need active interest from third-party developers to prepare the experience ecosystem for this budding category that holds immense future potential.
Microsoft goes into better detail in its announcement, with a note on future proofing for an even wider variety of foldable and multi-screen smartphones. If you are interested, we would highly recommend reading their write up on the same.