13 October 2022
The much-awaited and long overdue Microsoft Surface Duo Android 11 update is finally here. It has started rolling out for unlocked variants in North America and carrier-locked versions should follow soon. The upgrade was supposed to go live in September 2021 but the company ended up delaying it to the end of the year but for some reason, that did not happen either.
The original Surface Duo launched in August 2020 and it arrived with Android 10. Many were expecting it to receive a newer Android version within one year but that did not happen. It was more surprising considering that the next-gen Surface Duo 2 was announced with Android 11. Nevertheless, Microsoft has finally pushed the Android 11 update and now, we will have to see if and when Android 12 will make its way to the dual-display phone.
It is an over-the-air software update. Your Surface Duo unit should get an update notification anytime soon but alternatively, you can check for it manually via system settings. It is recommended that you connect to WiFi to download the update and there is at least 50% battery before you install it.
Here is the official Surface Duo Android 11 update changelog:
- Upgrades the Android operating system to Android 11. For more information about Android 11, see Android 11.
- Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin—January 2022.
New Surface Duo features
- Enabled launching of OneNote when clicking the top button on Surface Slim Pen 2. It requires Surface Slim Pen 2 to be paired with Surface Duo.
- Enabled in Surface Duo features, in Settings, to choose 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.
- 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.
- Send feedback to Microsoft by opening Settings, then tap About, then tap Give feedback to Microsoft
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- New dual-screen enhanced experience for viewing and editing photos in the OneDrive app.
Xbox Game Pass
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