Microsoft Surface Duo Finally Gets the Android 11 Update; Brings Xbox Game Pass, New App Drawer, More


Microsoft Surface Duo is finally getting the Android 11 update in select regions. Microsoft launched its first dual-screen Android smartphone with Android 10 out-of-the-box in 2020. The device should have received the update earlier. The new update packs the January 2022 security patch, some bug fixes and other system improvements. The Android 11 update comes with firmware version 2021.1027.156 and brings Xbox Game Pass, an updated app drawer, new pen features, more photo editing options to the OneDrive app, and more. It also comes with customized quick settings, a new Microsoft Feed design, and a new thumb mode in Microsoft SwiftKey. The update is currently rolling out for unlocked Microsoft Surface Duo models in North America and Europe.

Microsoft on Monday announced changelog for Microsoft Surface Duo Via the company’s support page. As mentioned, android 11 The update for Microsoft Surface Duo arrives as firmware version 2021.1027.156.

After the device is updated, users can click the top button on the paired Slim Pen 2 to open OneNote. Surface Duo features now enabled Adjustment Allows users to choose their preference for answering phone calls when folded. Similarly, apps in the Microsoft Surface Duo can be chosen to spread across both screens when open.

The update brings optimized quick settings and notification widths for portrait and landscape orientations. With the update, Microsoft Surface Duo allows users to adjust media volume directly from the quick settings regardless of device mode.

It adds thumb mode and an updated app drawer to Microsoft SwiftKey. Microsoft Feed gets a new design with the new Microsoft Start widget for news and weather.

The changelog mentions an enhanced dual-screen interface for viewing and editing photos on the OneDrive app on the Microsoft Surface Duo. In addition, it has Xbox Game Pass for playing games from the cloud using the on-screen controller. Additionally, there is a new option to send feedback to the company, through Settings > About > Give Feedback to Microsoft,

Currently, Android 11 is available for unlocked devices in North America and Europe. Microsoft says it is testing a release for locked or unlocked AT&T Surface Duo units and it is pending final verification.

Microsoft Surface Duo users in the above areas can also check for updates manually by going to the heading Settings > System > System Update. Once the update is downloaded and installed, tap on restart now, It is advised to update your Microsoft Surface Duo when they are connected to strong Wi-Fi, and while charging.