Microsoft Partners with Movial To Bring Android to Surface
Jul 10 2020
As per a report by Windows Central, Microsoft has acquired Movial's operations in Romania, the United States of America and Taiwan and it is bringing all the employees working at those locations on Surface Duo as its full-time employees.
Press accounts have suggested that Microsoft isn't buying Helsinki, Finland-based Movial, a private company with offices in lasi, Taipei, Redwood City, Calif. and Seattle.
Microsoft is forming a team internally under the Microsoft Devices division that will handle the development of the Android OS for Surface Duo going forward. Movial, a Finnish company that has been working with Microsoft on mobile software, has been acquired by the software giant according to a report from SeeNews.
People familiar with the matter say that Movial has already finished the development of the Android OS for Surface Duo and Microsoft is buying the firm so it can continue to provide software support for the smartphone after launch.
The upcoming Surface Duo will be Microsoft's first Android device, as well as the company's first dual-screen device.
Movial is a software, services, and design engineering company that was working closely with Microsoft on Surface Duo during its prototype and development stages. As per a separate report by SeeNews, Movial's lasi office will become Microsoft Romania's four Research and Development centre as it is hiring almost 60 employees from that location.
With the device nearing launch and the work almost complete, Microsoft has now made a decision to hire away the development team for the device from Movial and bring them inhouse.
Surface Duo is expected to launch with a Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage, and an 11MP camera with two 5.6-inch AMOLED displays.