Microsoft introduced a brand new Floor Duo 2 this week that’s delivery with Android 11, and now the corporate is committing to launch the OS replace for authentic gadgets this 12 months. “We remain committed to providing updates to Surface Duo, and we’re working to bring Android 11 to existing customers before the end of this year,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in an announcement to The Verge.

That’s not a agency launch date, however then we’ve by no means had one for Android 11 on the Floor Duo. Previous reports urged it will land in the summertime, however as we transfer nearer to fall and there was no point out at Microsoft’s Floor occasion, it’s clearly taking longer than anticipated.

The Surface Duo 2 has larger screens.

The Floor Duo 2 has bigger screens.
Picture by Becca Farsace / The Verge

We’re nonetheless ready to listen to precisely what Android 11 on the Floor Duo will carry. Android 11 has native assist for dual-screen gadgets just like the Duo, so it ought to enhance a few of the software program experiences on the machine. Throughout our transient take a look at the Floor Duo 2, it looks as if Android 11 brings minor tweaks to Microsoft’s multitasking system, fairly than an overhaul. The Floor Duo 2 now defaults to assuming that the right-hand display screen is the first one, however it’s not clear if that very same change will come to the unique Floor Duo.

Whereas Microsoft has shipped quite a lot of updates for the Floor Duo, it has nonetheless remained a reasonably buggy machine. Floor Duo customers have complained of standard points with multitasking and gestures, a display screen turning off throughout e-book mode, and lockups utilizing the fingerprint reader.

Android 11 will now arrive simply as Google strikes on to Android 12. We’re anticipating Android 12 to debut on Pixel gadgets imminently, and it’s not clear when the Floor Duo and Floor Duo 2 might be up to date. Microsoft has beforehand dedicated to 3 years of OS and safety updates for the Floor Duo.


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