Over the last week, we have been following the journey of the Surface Duo towards getting Android 11. Microsoft missed its promised deadline to release Android 11 by the end of 2021. However, that deadline was not met, and Microsoft put the blame on Google. Now, the company explains that Android 11 will come to the Duo soon.

In fact, Microsoft says Android 11 will come to the Surface Duo in the coming weeks, which suggests it will be during January:

“We’re finalizing the validation and certification for Android 11. We originally planned to deploy Android 11 as an update for Surface Duo in December, but we needed a few more weeks to ensure a great experience for Surface Duo customers. We expect to begin Android 11 rollout in the next few weeks, beginning with unlocked devices.”


In this latest statement, Microsoft makes no mention of Google being at fault for the delay. Still, it seems that the reason for the missed deadline is because Google was late providing certification for the update. Microsoft has reportedly had the software ready to go for some time.

Android 12L

Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft will now skip Android 12 for both the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2, favoring a direct jump to Android 12L. This is the latest updated version of Android 12 that adds more features, including features that will appeal to Duo users.

For example, Google has optimized apps for different screens, improved the UI for larger screens, and made multitasking more intuitive.

There is no word on when Microsoft will update the Duo smartphones to Android 12L. Sometime in the next six months for the Duo 2 would be about right. As for the original Duo, that may be waiting longer.

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