Microsoft's switch to the Blink rendering engine is perhaps a win-win for all Chromium-based browsers, as the company is spear-heading innovations coming to the open source browser engine.
Now, the company is working on a dual-screen emulator for the Chromium open-source browser, which feature was first spotted in a Chromium Gerrit commit, to be enabled by users through an experimental flag. The emulator feature follows the growing trends of foldable devices which are appearing more and more in the market.
While the first point-of-call for Microsoft Chromium Edge was the introduction of 'tracking prevention' for the browser, which serves same purpose as the cookie blockers on both Firefox and Safari browsers.
Chrome remains the only browser without the implementation of ad blockade, which reason is very much obvious, Google is the single biggest advertising company on the Web; but Microsoft wants to distance its browser from the creepiness that's associated with Chrome.
Devices to support the Dual-screen Emulator
The most intereting aspect of the dual-screen emulator feature is that it is meant for mobile devices only, and currently supports Galaxy Fold and Surface Duo which are expected to launch later this year.
Microsoft also released the Windows 10X emulator for the dual-screen Surface Neo, with listed changes that are included in the emulator.
It also supports the different settings for dual-screen devices in vertical or horizontal positions, and the new controls have been added to the browser UI from single-screen to dual-screen. Any device with a hinge in dual screen mode will be shown in the emulator as well.
How is the Emulator meant to be used?
The emulator is meant for web developers who need it to optimize their sites for dual-screen devices. However it can also be used by regular web users who wants a sneak peek into how a page will look like on a dual-screen device.
Eventually, the new feature will be made available to the Micrsoft Edge Chromium browser when the development is completed. And the Emulator from Microsoft’s Windows dev tool site will also be available for developers to design apps for dual-screen devices.