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The Floor Duo’s two-year-old Android working system can be up to date someday this yr

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  • The Microsoft Surface Duo. It’s very big.

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  • There’s something very satisfying about putting it on a table.

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  • The hinge will stop wherever you want it.

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  • Flip it all over for single screen mode.

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  • If you’re looking at the wrong side in single image mode, just double-tap the screen.

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  • Everything collapsed. And that’s a Microsoft logo on the front, not a Windows logo.

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  • The top has large bezels, an earphone, and a single camera and LED flash. This is the only camera on the entire phone.

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  • The back.

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  • The spine is very shiny.

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  • There is shockingly thin plastic around the bottom USB-C port.

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If Microsoft wants to be taken seriously as an Android manufacturer, it has to have a track record of reliable and punctual software updates, among other things. But with the company launching a second generation Surface Duo and the company’s first Android phone turning a year old, Microsoft hasn’t been able to impress so far.

The Surface Duo 1 was shipped in September 2020 with the then one-year-old Android 10 and Android 11 was already on the market. The hope was that Microsoft would quickly update the duo to the latest version of Android, but that never happened. Today the device still runs Android 10, which is now two years old, and Android 12 is about to be shipped. Microsoft has finally broken its silence over Surface Duo 1 updates, and the company tells The Verge that it plans to update the device to Android 11 “before the end of this year”.

Assuming Microsoft keeps its promise, the company’s $ 1,400 flagship will be upgraded from a two-year-old operating system to a one-year-old operating system. Microsoft has committed to three years of updates and provides monthly security updates. But this is still the worst update support, especially for the price. Samsung usually brings Android to its newest flagship three months after Google released it, while OnePlus usually takes around a month – Microsoft’s one-year timeframe is really bad.

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At least Microsoft communicates. Previously, until this latest report, it never really let its customers know when Android 11 would hit the Surface Duo and let the rumor mill fill in the loopholes. It would be nice to get a timeframe for Android 12 versions as the latest update is released every day. Perhaps Microsoft’s lack of communication was because the company just didn’t know when Android 11 would be ready. The Android 10 build that shipped with the original Duo had all sorts of bugs and the company is clearly struggling to make the switch to Android.

Perhaps some of Microsoft’s update issues were caused by the fact that the Duo 1 was originally designed for a now-aborted Windows mobile revival. Microsoft was essentially forced to switch to Android later in this product’s development life. Unsurprisingly, the Windows maker didn’t have many Android OS engineers on its staff at the time, and Microsoft outsourced the duo’s operating system development to a company called Movial. Microsoft acquired Movial just two months before the duo’s release date, which doesn’t sound like the ideal timing.

The Windows DNA of the Duo 1 resulted in a device with very different fundamentals than a normal Android phone, such as a “custom” Microsoft UEFI instead of the normal Qualcomm phone. The Duo 2 should have been designed with Android as a target from the start, so maybe it will get better for the sequel?

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