The Surface Duo’s hinge is no longer a pain with Google Maps. Google is rolling out an update to Maps today with support for dual screens, allowing it to organize maps and information around the hinge between the displays. The update is available as Maps version 10.50.3.
Rather than spanning a map across both displays without regard for the hinge, cutting off vital information, Google Maps is now aware of the hinge’s presence. This allows it to organize the map and any other information around the hinge without treating the displays as one large screen. You can see an example in the screenshot below.
Microsoft’s dual-screen concept is still relatively new to the Android ecosystem, so developers are just starting to add support for hinge awareness. For now, that means you’ll see a lot of apps treat the two displays as one giant screen.
For its part, Microsoft’s Office suite and other apps have been designed to take advantage of this dual-screen setup, and it appears Google is ready to start tweaking its own apps, starting with one of its most essential. Just make sure you’ve got one of the best Surface Duo cases before you head out on your next road trip.
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