Microsoft will release the Surface Duo in more countries next year

In the meantime, current users can download an enhanced TikTok app.


After a buggy initial release in the US this past August, Microsoft’s Surface Duo will make its way to other countries next year. On Tuesday, the company announced its dual-screen Android phone will be available in Canada, France, Germany and the UK in early 2021, with more information to follow.

In the same blog post, Microsoft said Duo users can now download an enhanced version of TikTok — which last we checked hasn’t been banned yet. The updated app takes advantage of the phone’s dual-screen design, allowing you to watch videos on one display while browsing hashtags and searching for specific clips on the other.

Third-party apps that take advantage of the Surface Duo’s unique design have been few and far between. Before TikTok, the most notable examples were Spotify and Amazon’s Kindle app. Developers need to tweak their apps to take advantage of Duo’s capabilities, and that’s something that not a lot of them have decided to do up to this point. Expanded availability could make it easier for Microsoft to convince companies to put in the necessary work.