Microsoft’s Android Experiment with Microsoft Surface Duo was initially launched with Android 10 and now, according to a report by Dr. Windows, the device will get Android 11 this year. The report mentions that Microsoft will roll out the Android 11 update by this summer.
The report claims it got information from a briefing with Microsoft USA members of the Surface Duo Product Group. No date has been specified yet for the launch but experts believe that it might come in the second half of 2021.
If this comes out to be true, it is quite a big delay for the update as Android 12‘s Developer Preview 3 could also come out considering its previous track record. It is worth mention that back in September 2020, Google launched Android 11 and during the same time, Microsoft made the Surface Duo available for sale.
So far, people have been suspicious that Microsoft might give up on the Android device but this report suggested differently. It seems Microsoft and Google have come to terms with more than before because the changes regarding Dual Display will reportedly make their way into the Android’s original code.
It would be nice, if the update comes earlier, at least in the month of June or July. Recently, Microsoft has cut the price of the Surface Duo in the US by $400. Now, the base model with 128 GB is priced at $999 instead of $1399 while the higher end 256 GB variant is priced at $1099 instead of $1499.
As per reports, Microsoft might bring the Dual Display device to more markets like in Canada, Germany, UK, and France. The Verge reported that the Surface Duo will launch in the mentioned regions on 18th February 2021. It will come with a price tag of around €1,549 in Germany and around £1,349 in the UK.