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It's 2022, and the Surface Duo still doesn't have Android 11

It's 2022, and the Surface Duo still doesn't have Android 11

We are officially in 2022. Know what it means? That's right: This means Microsoft has failed in its stated goal of bringing Android 11 to the Surface Duo by the end of 2021.

Attentive readers may recall that Microsoft said the following last September: "We are committed to providing updates to Surface Duo, and we are working to bring Android 11 to existing customers before the end of this year." " Okay, so the company wasn't exactly promising Android 11 until late 2021 — but it was heavily implied, and it gave some Surface Duo users a lot of hope.

As Windows Central first reported, Duo devices still haven't gotten Android 11. While this can be frustrating for owners of those devices, it is also not without precedent. Update hiccups are par for the course with Android – manufacturers of all kinds consistently fail to get them out in a timely manner. "The upgrade story today is the same as it was a decade ago: First-party Google devices update quickly, everything else takes months or doesn't update at all," Verge executive editor of the 2019 newsletter Dieter Bohn summed up.

Bonn noted in its review of the device that Microsoft also needed to work with Android with additional controls and functionality to accommodate the Duo's two screens – Android, as an operating system, "like the Surface Duo". Not badly prepared for equipment". One can expect that it will take some time for such a product to be rolled out. Still, Duo users haven't gotten a major software fix since the device launched 15 months ago — and that's a long wait.

According to Microsoft's senior director of program management, Kimo Lehtosalo, Surface Duo users can expect the update in the next few weeks. “We are finalizing verification and certification for Android 11. We originally planned to deploy Android 11 as an update to Surface Duo in December, but we need to ensure a great experience for Surface Duo customers. That needed a few more weeks to do. We expect to start rolling out Android 11 in the next few weeks, starting with unlocked devices," Lehtosallo told The Verge.

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