Microsoft Surface Duo receives Android 11 right in time for Android 13 reveal

Microsoft Surface Duo

Android 12 has been out since October this year, and smartphone makers have been running to bring their Android 12-based skins to eligible devices. So far, companies like Samsung and ASUS managed to do a good job updating their devices. Meanwhile, other brands are conducting tests to ensure a stable rollout. In the other half of the coin, we have companies rolling out Android 11 updates, and Microsoft is among them. Microsoft is finally rolling out the Android 12 update for its very unusual Microsoft Surface Duo. The device was unveiled in 2019 and launched only in 2020 with Android 10. This update has been expected since 2021, but the company didn’t manage to bring it. Now, the update is here, the problem is that it’s already outdated and Android 13 should be revealed in a few months.

Microsoft Surface Duo

The update is rolling out with firmware version 2021.1027.156 and bumps the Android security patch level on the Surface Duo to January 2022. The new update also improves the Quick Settings and brings an all-new app drawer and folder design. Microsoft also ensures an improved dual-screen experience with the device. Users will be able to view and edit photos in the OneDrive application.

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Microsoft Surface Duo Android 11 update changelog:

  • Upgrades the Android operating system to Android 11. For more information about Android 11.
  • Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin—January 2022.
  • Enabled launching of OneNote when clicking the top button on Surface Slim Pen 2. It requires the user to pair the Surface Slim Pen 2.
  • Enabled in Surface Duo features, in Settings, to choose a preference for answering phone calls when folded.
  • Enabled in Surface Duo features, in Settings, to choose specific apps to automatically span across both screens when you open them.
  • Optimized Quick Settings and notification width for portrait and landscape orientations.
  • Adjust media volume directly from Quick Settings in any device mode.
  • Use thumb mode in Microsoft SwiftKey now with all device modes and application states.
  • The updated app drawer and folder design with improved drag-and-drop support.
  • Refreshed Microsoft feed design with updated cards and new Microsoft Start widgets for News and Weather.
  • Photos by OneDrive: New dual-screen enhanced experience for viewing and editing photos in the OneDrive app.
  • Xbox Game Pass: Discovery and play games from the cloud with an on-screen controller.

According to the company, Android 11 is rolling out in North America and Europe. However, unlocked versions from AT&T will still need to wait sometime.

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