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Surface Duo gets February Android security patch and other improvements

Fully open Surface Duo being held by its hinge in the middle

It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft rolled out a software update for the Surface Duo, since the December and January updates got pushed back and ended up releasing at the end of last month. Now, it's time for the February update, and it comes with the usual monthly Android security patch, in addition to some other improvements.

This week, Microsoft released the Surface Duo in Europe, and that means the update is rolling out to users in both markets. While the updates in the U.S. and Europe have the same changelog, they have different software versions. Here's what's new:

Software version Update info

2021.115.52 (North America)

2021.115.54 (Europe)

This update:

  • Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin - February 2020.
  • Improves Surface Duo UI stability.
  • Improves single tap touch experience.

If you're one of the early European adopters, you'll notice there are actually two updates rolling out, because the December/January update is also available now. The changes are all the same as the North American patch from last month, but they come with version 2020.1211.87 instead.

As usual, the update is available for unlocked devices first, so if you bought your Surface Duo from AT&T, you'll need to wait a little longer. It usually takes about a week for the rollout to begin for the carrier-locked version, though it could always vary.

Aside from the delayed update in January, Microsoft has been servicing the Surface Duo every month, and the company promises three years of security and feature updates, so improvements will keep coming over time. One thing that's worth noting is that the Duo is still running Android 10, which is starting to fall behind especially as Google has begun testing Android 12 this week. The Duo has been reported to be getting Android 11 in the summer, which will be close to the official release of its follow-up. Just yesterday, Microsoft also updated the Surface Duo emulator for PCs with new sample apps that make use of its dual screens.

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