24 September 2021
Microsoft launched its Surface Duo Android device last month with a promise to bring three years of OS and security updates. The official introduction and the demo did manage to flatter us from the distance but early adopters and reviewers were able to tell more after a real-life usage.
The Surface Duo is the outcome of the company’s years of efforts but this remains to be the device of first of its kind and is bound to receive some improvements as well. One of the issues that has plagued the Surface Duo is said to be the camera. First off, it is just a single 11MP lens that serves both as front and rear cameras. Well, while the single-camera is not to be really blamed in the era of smartphones with multiple cameras, it rather seems to be its capability that is underutilized. After all, you may want to have a brilliant camera quality if you’re splurging $1,000 for a phone. Reviewers have found washed-out colors and brightness in the quality of pictures taken with the phone. This is why Microsoft is reportedly looking to bring a major OS upgrade that will address all these camera issues.
According to WindowsLatest, Microsoft is working on a big software update for the Surface Duo and it will bring the following enhancements –
- Image Refiner: Presumably an AI-based automatic image optimizer
- Photo Solid: Possibly a 3D scanning with the camera
- Improved Electronic Image Stabilization
- zzHDR: A live preview of the HDR image without any shutter lag.
- Multi-Frame support.
Microsoft is reportedly also looking to fix performance issues and issues with gesture interface and app crashes.
For those asking, yes Microsoft is planning to release a new OS update for Surface Duo in October that will bring with it more fixes. It's in testing internally now and will include the October security patch too. OS updates will be monthly.— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) September 27, 2020
According to the tech publication, the company is internally testing these features for the camera app, so it is unknown when does it plan to roll them out for everyone using the Surface Duo. However, according to Zac Bowden of WindowsCentral, Microsoft could roll out the OS update in October for the Surface Duo though it is unknown if this update will solve the camera issues or not.