Whereas there isn’t any phrase on the official launch of the Floor Duo introduced final 12 months, it’s potential that Microsoft has already began the event of its successor.
Microsoft outsourced the event of Floor Duo’s Android OS to the Finnish firm Movial. Now, it’s within the strategy of hiring Movial staff who labored on the undertaking to additional propel the event underneath Microsoft’s roof.
Consequently, the corporate will be capable to present well timed software program updates after the launch of Floor Duo, which is anticipated to reach within the coming months.
What’s extra attention-grabbing is that the identical workforce will even work on the Android OS for Floor Duo V2, which has already entered early improvement, in accordance with a Home windows Central report. Nonetheless, there isn’t any phrase on the anticipated specs of the next-gen Floor Duo.
To proceed the event of its Android OS, a brand new inner workforce is being created underneath the Microsoft Gadgets division.
Microsoft has acquired Movial’s native operations in Romania, Taiwan, and the US. Movial’s workplace in Iasi will function the fourth R&D division of Microsoft Romania, the place round 60 Movial staff will work as full-time MS staff, as per SeeNews.
The brand new hiring is a part of the “firm’s efforts to spice up Home windows and Android improvement efforts,” Microsoft mentioned in an announcement.
It’s price noting that the present MS Android apps for Duo corresponding to Microsoft Launcher and SwiftKey are all home-baked. Relating to the event of Floor Duo’s software program, WC’s Zack Bowden mentioned that the corporate didn’t have an inner workforce to do the preliminary groundwork and so it went after specialists who may rapidly and effectively ship what it wished.