However, there may be some good news on the way in the form of the Android 11 upgrade being delayed owing to the Christmas season interfering with Google’s ability to validate the firmware as appropriate for general release. Microsoft is now expected to release the Android 11 software in January 2022, which isn’t too far away.
Remember how Microsoft promised in September that the original Surface Duo would get the Android 11 upgrade by the end of 2021? Unfortunately, it appears like the date will not be reached, which means that the first Surface Duo is still stuck on Android 10.
Even though Microsoft committed to 3 years worth of updates for the Surface Duo, the release for Android 11 has been a source of unrest for Microsoft fans. The Duo ships with Android 10, and Microsoft originally indicated in September that the original dual-screen device would get the Android 11 update by the end of 2021.
Despite having committed to providing three years of updates for the Surface Duo, with Microsoft taking so very long to bring Android 11 to the device there must be some doubt as to how long it will be before Android 12 is eventually made available. There’s always the chance that the Android 12 update could be construed as the last OS update if Microsoft drags its heels again.
Yet, that time has now passed, just like the original summer timeframe previously hinted at by the company. Microsoft, though, did bring some of Android 11’s visual design elements over to the original Surface Duo with a recent launcher update, which gave the community some extra hope.