Microsoft has failed on its promise to deliver the Android 11 update to its first Surface Duo foldable before the end of 2021. The update was already over a year late, with Android 12 launching in October 2021 to Pixels and other Android phones. Now, a report from the Microsoft-focused tech blog Windows Central claims that Microsoft will deliver the Android 11 update soon, with an Android 12L update following shortly in lieu of Android 12 sometime in 2022.
The Surface Duo launched with Android 10 in 2020, with Microsoft promising to deliver two years of updates. While other, more mainstream Android phone and tablet companies have pushed out
The first Duo was plagued with outdated hardware and software at the start. While outdated hardware is unfixable once shipped, Microsoft really could have done more on the software end by pushing out Android 11. Aside from the small privacy and security tweaks, Google brings yearly,
Windows Central reports that the Android 11 update, while late, should be launching in the coming weeks. At the same time, Microsoft is said to be skipping Android 12 for the tablet and foldable focused
That said, this isn’t a great start for Microsoft’s Android-powered mobile section. The company’s former mobile endeavor — Windows Phone — was similarly dogged with update issues despite being supported by the company’s in-house team. It’s also worth noting that Microsoft hasn’t said anything either confirming or denying the update schedule. It may take a lot of effort to test and push out an update, but it is considerably less time to pen a blog or forum post, advising customers about the issue as Google did with its delayed Pixel 6 update.
It’s also ridiculous that the late update being in January 2022 discussed is Android 11 which was released in 2020, where companies like Samsung are rolling out
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