At the recent launch of the new line of Surface devices, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Duo 2. The new version of its foldable Android smartphone incorporates hardware in tune with a high-end phone and promises to correct several of the shortcomings of the original version presented in 2020.
However, the launch of the second generation of the Surface Duo does not mean that Microsoft is completely forgetting about the first model. According to The Verge, the Redmond firm remains committed to updating the operating system of its original mobile, although not necessarily to the most advanced version.
The Surface Duo would receive “soon” the update to Android 11. And yes, “soon” with quotes because a specific date for the update has not been reported. It has only been said that it will be before the end of the year.
In itself, the news has two readings. On the one hand, the jump from Android 10 can mean a drastic improvement in the operation of the device, because the current version of the software offers native support for dual-screen computers. But by another it means that, no matter how hard Microsoft tries, the smartphone is already condemned to be considered “obsolete.”
With the launch of Android 12 just around the corner, that a $ 1,400 phone – and with more than a year on the market – is just thinking of making the leap to Android 11, speaks clearly that it has become outdated.
The Surface Duo will receive the update to Android 11
Within this bittersweet novelty, there is positive data for users of the original Surface Duo. With the update to Android 11, it is possible that the mobile receive at least part of the upgrades that Microsoft has achieved on the software during the development of the Surface Duo 2.
Although the differences in hardware between the two generations of the folding are notorious, those who have a Surface Duo (no matter how few) can be excited to finally optimize their user experience.
For now it is anyone’s guess whether the first Surface Duo model will be able to run Android 12 in the future. The way things are coming, anyway, we are unlikely to know anytime soon. It is a reality that the Surface Duo 2 will reach users with Android 11, and under the promise of updating as soon as possible to the next Google OS. However, this would only happen well into 2022.