microsoft launched the Surface Duo way back in 2020. It was followed by the Surface Duo 2 in 2021. The Redmond-based company's first-ever foldable phone arrived with android 10 OS out of the box. At the time of launch, Microsoft had revealed that the Surface Duo would be eligible for at least three years of updates which include Android versions and security patches. Now there is disappointing news for owners of Surface Duo as it has reached its reached its end of lifecycle on the software front.
Microsoft Surface Duo won't receive future software updates
The Microsoft Surface Duo was updated to Android 11 in January last year. It received Android 12L the same year in October. Since Microsoft confirmed at launch that the device will get three years of OS and security patches, it won't be getting any future updates. The company is staying true to its word. Hence the Android 12L version is the last Android version for the foldable phone. This means that the original Surface Duo is no longer supported by Microsoft.
The first-generation Surface Duo received only two Android version updates which is kind of disappointing for a foldable phone carrying a whopping price tag. However, Surface Duo users can keep using their devices with no issues as apps can be normally updated from the Store. But with no security patches, users will have to be cautious going ahead. Additionally, they can install a custom version of Android 13 / 14 on their devices.
On the other hand, the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 has one more year of software support left that is set to end in October next year. It launched with Android 11 in 2021 and has only received a major Android 12L update last October. The second-generation foldable phone is expected to receive two more Android versions.