The Surface Duo is still not entitled to Android 11, the version would however be ready, the imminent deployment.
We are officially in 2022. This means in particular that Microsoft has not been able to meet its target. The Redmond firm had declared its ambition to deploy Android 11 on its Surface Duo before the end of 2021. Unfortunately, this was not possible.
The Surface Duo is still not entitled to Android 11
Those who follow tech news may recall that Microsoft said last September: “We want to offer updates to the Surface Duo and we are working to bring Android 11 to existing customers before this end. year.”
The American giant had indeed promised nothing, but the intention was clearly announced and this announcement gave a lot of hope to Surface Duo owners.
As Windows Central first reported, Duo devices still don’t qualify for Android 11. Which can be particularly disappointing for owners of these products, but it’s not without precedent. Such delays have already happened with Android, with manufacturers failing to deliver the latest versions of Google’s mobile OS “quickly”.
“The history of updates is the same today as it was ten years ago; Google devices are updated very quickly, others need several months, or even not updated at all,” summarized Dieter Bohn of The Verge in 2019.
The version would however be ready, the imminent deployment
Microsoft must also make Android work with various controls and features not necessarily present in Android to manage the two screens of the Surface Duo. In his device test, Dieter Bohn explained that Android “is not at all ready for devices like the Surface Duo”.
In fact, even the smallest update can take a long time, but when it comes to the Duo, users haven’t had a single major update since the device launched 15 months ago.
The Redmond firm did not respond to media requests and Windows Central would only have received a trivial response stating “no comment”.
Fortunately, it seems, according to sources from this same Windows Central, that “the Android 11 update for Surface Duo is complete, the deployment should start once the version is certified by Google and AT&T.”
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.