The OG Surface Duo remains stuck on Android 10
Microsoft released the OG dual-screened Surface Duo in September 2020 and 11 months had gone by since the unveiling of the device and its release. When Microsoft trotted out the phone to the press in October 2019, it had Android 10 pre-installed and many figured that the software giant would capitalize on its friendship with Google so as to have Android 11 on the Surface Duo starting on its release date.
While that didn’t occur, there was speculation that the OG Surface Duo would be updated just weeks after it hit the shelves. But that didn’t happened either and before you knew it, the Surface Duo 2 was released with Android 11 pre-installed. Those with the OG model continued to slog away without receiving any updates to exterminate bugs or to make the device more stable.
The next update for the Surface Duo 2 will reportedly give users a way to customize the Surface Pen’s shortcut buttons and will add support for the Your Phone’s app which allows users to connect their handset to a Windows PC to checkout messages, photos, and notifications. Windows Central’s sources also say that the next Android update for the Surface Duo 2 won’t be Android 12.
One rumor calls for Microsoft to skip Android 12 and go straight to Android 12 L (made for larger-screened phones)
Instead, it appears that Microsoft is going to push out Android 12 L (for devices with larger displays) which should include features developed specifically for handsets with foldable and dual-screen displays. Surface Duo 2 owners just might be able to update their phones to Android 12 L even while owners of the first-generation device can almost taste Android 11.
If you’re wondering what OG Surface Duo users will notice when they belatedly receive Android 11, it will be a built-in screen recorder, a way to schedule when Dark Mode gets turned on automatically, a more useful power button, and the ability to give apps temporary permission. And with Android 11, users can pin conversations on top of other apps so that they can always be connected to a specific conversation even if they are busy doing something else.
But don’t expect to see this form factor anytime soon, patent and all. The one image contained in the documentation didn’t show where any cameras might go and while this might have done for competitive reasons, it also could mean that Microsoft hasn’t put much thought into this device. And that is probably a good thing since Microsoft probably should improve the Surface Duo first before adding on to the phone.