Microsoft Surface Duo finally gets Android 11 update; Brings Xbox Game Pass, New App Drawer, More

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 25, 2022
Updated 2022/01/25 at 12:34 PM

Microsoft Surface Duo is finally getting the Android 11 update in select regions. Microsoft released its first dual-screen Android smartphone in 2020 with Android 10 out of the box. The device should receive the update sooner. The new update includes 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 stylus features, more photo editing options in the OneDrive app, and more. It comes with optimized quick settings, a new Microsoft feed design, and a new Microsoft SwiftKey thumb mode. The update is rolling out to unlocked Microsoft Surface Duo models in North America and Europe.

Microsoft on Monday announced the changelog for the Microsoft Surface Duo via the company’s support page. As mentioned, the Android 11 update for Microsoft Surface Duo comes in the form of firmware version 2021.1027.156.

After the device is updated, users can click the top button on a paired Slim 2 pen to open OneNote. Surface Duo features are now enabled in settings allowing users to choose their preference to answer phone calls when doubled. Likewise, apps on the Microsoft Surface Duo can be selected to span both screens when opening.

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

It adds thumb mode in SwiftKey and an updated app drawer. Microsoft’s feed gets a new design with new Microsoft Start widgets for news and weather.

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

Android 11 is currently rolling out to jailbroken devices in North America and Europe. Microsoft says it is testing the release for locked or unlocked AT&T Surface Duo drives and is pending final validation.

Microsoft Surface Duo users in the above mentioned regions can also manually check for the update by going to Settings > System > System Updates. Once the update is downloaded and installed, tap Restart now. It is advisable to update your Microsoft Surface Duo while it is connected to a strong Wi-Fi network and while it is charging.

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