Android 12L for Surface Duo to feature Windows 11-inspired UI design updates


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Aug 17, 2017
Microsoft is hard at work finalizing the next major OS update for Surface Duo, which is based on Android 12L and is expected to ship in the next handful of weeks. According to my sources, the update will feature a refreshed design with Windows 11-inspired “Fluent” elements in many areas, such as the notification shade, settings app, and Microsoft Launcher activity feed. Contacts say to expect more blurred surfaces and effects in a number of places throughout the OS, as well as more fluid animations when using gesture navigation to open and close apps. Toggles, buttons, and notification boxes have also been updated to reflect the new design style.

Android 12L will mark the first time that Microsoft is applying its own Fluent design(opens in new tab) language to Android, as previous releases have stuck to Google’s stock Material designs. I understand that this move to incorporate Fluent design is part of a larger effort to better highlight Surface Duo as a great Windows companion device while still being a familiar Android experience.

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