What you need to know
- The Surface Duo has its first launcher update through the Google Play Store.
- The update improves app folder layout, gesture support, and general performance.
- The update brings the launcher to version 6.2.200902.91394.
Microsoft's Surface Duo has its first-ever launcher update through the Google Play Store. The update brings updated icons and fonts, improves the performance of the launcher, and addresses several bugs. The update brings the launcher to version 6.2.200902.91394.
The Surface Duo's launcher update appears identical to the latest version of Microsoft Launcher (opens in new tab) that's available on any Android device. At least for this update, the version number and changelogs are identical. Here's the complete list of changes for the most recent update:
- Updated app icons and font
- Improved app folder layout and gesture support
- Improved performance
- Addressed known bugs
To update to the latest version of the Surface Duo's launcher, open the Google Play Store, go to My Apps and Games, and select Update.
If you had previously side-loaded the beta version of Microsoft Launcher onto the Surface Duo, you don't need to change anything. The beta version of Microsoft Launcher is a later version than the update that's generally rolling out. The beta version is currently 6.2.200904.91704, although it is not known what is different from the production version at this time. If you want to know more about Microsoft's Insider beta program for Android apps, we have a full guide on the topic.
Until recently, if you went to the Google Play Store listing of Microsoft Launcher from a Surface Duo, the store would state that app was incompatible. That has now been fixed, meaning that updates for Microsoft Launcher on the Surface Duo should arrive through the Google Play Store, rather than just through monthly updates.
This launcher for Android features a clean design and integrates with Microsoft services, including Microsoft To-Do, Outlook, and Office 365.
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Looking to MS Launcher on Duo being as attractive as it is on my LG V60 (mostly transparent cards in the Feed).
Still a long ways away from the launcher on single-screen devices. I was excited by the update as I had hoped for gesture support parity with other devices, for example double-tap to lock. Still non-existent on Duo. I really don't notice anything new here.
I can see the desire for double-tap to lock, but only in a situation where you store the phone folded 360 - screens exposed. My opinion is that feature is very low on the list because of the form factor. For the most part, you lock the device immediately when it's closed. This makes other lock options of little priority or significance.
Double tap is in the works. Already been confirmed
It's actually its second update because the first update came with the October update. Well, I see it says "through the Google play store" 🙄
The icons for paired apps look different/better. Also I don't need or want the single screen experience on Duo. It's good the way it is
Love the pace. First the October update now launcher!! Keep them coming
I'm hoping for an Always On Screen soon. That would be great for a tented nightstand alarm clock, or folded back (Phone posture) sitting on a table, displaying notifications.
Have never heard of Phone Update coming from the Play Store before but MS Launcher is also essentially an App too.
It's like any other launcher update.
how do we look up what version of the microsoft launcher is installed on the surface duo? i don't see it under About in settings. There is no microsoft launcher app installed (I also don't install beta).
Settings > Apps > Launcher
thanks! I updated everything in the Play Store and then checked Microsoft Launcher and it's 6.2.200902.91394. so i guess that means I'm not at the version of the beta? I wish the article was updated to include the version that we're supposed to be at with normal updates.
Also SwiftKey updated through the store too.
My ver number is most recent but never had any indication of update and don't notice a difference. It does say it's beta though?
The most outwardly noticeable change is an improved app pair icon style.
I just noticed that after your comment!
Trying to understand parity with the single-screen version - does your beta have the ability to set theme?
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