Microsoft's extensive entry for Android continues with the fastest update speed in its class.
If Microsoft is to be taken seriously as the maker of Android, one of the things it needs to establish is a proven track record of timely and reliable software updates. But with the launch of the second-generation Surface Duo and the life of the company's first one-year-old Android phone, Microsoft hasn't yet managed to gain attention.
Read more Microsoft Surface Duo 2 has better specs, even at $1,499. The Surface Duo 1 was released in September 2020 with Android 10, which was a year old at the time, and Android 11 had already been released. It was hoped Microsoft would quickly update Duo to the latest version of Android, but that didn't happen. Today, this device still has Android 10, which is two years old, and Android 12 is on its way. Microsoft has finally broken its silence about the Surface Duo 1 updates, and the company has told The Verge that it plans to update the device to Android 11 "before the end of this year."
Assuming Microsoft claims to run it, the company's $1,400 base machine will be upgraded from a two-year operating system to a one-year operating system. Microsoft commits to three years of updates and provides monthly security updates. But this is still the worst support update in the class, especially for the price. Samsung usually releases Android to its latest version three months after launch, while OnePlus usually takes a month - Microsoft's one-year lead is really bad.Advertising
At least, Microsoft is communicating. Previously, it had never told its customers how long Android 11 would be coming to Surface Duo until this latest report, leaving rumors to fill in the blank. It is good to have a schedule of Android 12 releases, as the latest updates are released every day. Microsoft's lack of connectivity is probably due to the company's lack of knowledge since the launch of Android 11. The Android 10 version sent on the original Duo has a variety of bugs, and it's clear that the company is moving to Android.
Some Microsoft upgrade issues may have been due to Duo 1. Designed for Windows Mobile, which is now canceled. Microsoft basically had to switch to Android later in the development life of this product. Not surprisingly, the Windows maker didn't have many Android engineers at the time, and eventually Microsoft outsourced the development of Duo to a company called Movial. Microsoft bought Movial just two months before the Duo release date, which doesn't seem like a good time. Windows Duo 1 DNA resulted in a device with support completely different from the average Android phone, such as "custom" Microsoft UEFI instead of the regular Qualcomm. Duo 2 was meant to be built for Android from the start, so maybe things will be better in the next part?
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