Microsoft's Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 foldable smartphones are finally receiving the long-awaited Android 12L-based firmware update. The new system update comes with an updated notification shade UI, Settings app, and other system components. Everything now has Fluent Design and feels more like Windows 11.
Microsoft has released an update to the launcher software running on the original Surface Duo phone. With that update, it received a number of visual improvements that make it look closer to the Duo 2 launcher.
After a couple of failed attempts to disrupt the mobile market with Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft shifted its focus from building a mobile operating system to providing software for existing popular options. Several years ago, Microsoft bought SwiftKey, a popular third-party keyboard for Android and iOS. Since then, the software giant has been improving the typing experience and delivering additional features. One of the capabilities Microsoft promised long ago has finally arrived for SwiftKey users on Android.
Surface Duo owners recently spotted a baffling change: their dual-screen devices no longer "support" Microsoft Launcher in the Google Play Store. An attempt to open the Microsoft Launcher listing in the Google Play Store on the original or second-gen Surface Duo ends with a message that says the app is not compatible with the smartphone. Also, the store prompts Microsoft Launcher Beta users to uninstall the application.
Microsoft has released a new beta version of the SwiftKey keyboard (188.8.131.52), which includes integration with the Microsoft To Do service. The To Do icon would automatically appear in the keyboard toolbar after installing the SwiftKey update.
Mozilla is updating its mobile variant of the Firefox browser to handle passwords in other installed apps. Firefox Nightly can auto-fill saved passwords in all other apps on Android.
Thanks to the SwiftKey update, you can now sync Clipboard between Android and Windows 10. SwiftKey, a keyboard Microsoft purchased in 2016, received a new beta update with one big change.
Not so long ago, Microsoft Edge Canary for Android received a nifty built-in utility for web page screenshots. At the time of writing, that tool could not offer much. In fact, unlike Web Capture in Edge on desktops, a screenshot utility for Edge on Android was half-baked and basically broken. Now, the same tool finally appeared in Chrome Stable on Android.
Here's how to disable Tab Grouping in Chrome 91 on Android if you are not happy with this feature and want to open links in new tabs. Google's tab grouping is an option that the company considers convenient and must-have for every user. It is currently available in both Android and desktop versions of the browser.
Microsoft continues transforming the Office app on mobile platforms into a universal all-in-one productivity-oriented program. The app already supports tons of features, previously available in individual apps. For example, you can open any Office file, create and edit PDF, scan images, business cards, whiteboards, and QR codes, create forms, and even sharpen your presentation skills with an AI-based coach. The latest update on Android brings another welcomed addition to the Office app: Voice memos with automatic transcription.