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Microsoft's Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 are picking up April security updates today

Surface Duo Hero 2020
Surface Duo Hero 2020 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Surface Duo and Surface Duo each have small OS updates today.
  • Surface Duo's update is just 16.73MB, while Surface Duo 2's is 28.21MB
  • The updates are just the monthly April 1 security patch from Google, although Surface Duo 1 gets a minor fix for Miracast.

Today, Microsoft is pushing out some small OS updates for its dual-screen Android phones. The original Surface Duo and newer Surface Duo 2 are getting some small patches via the Android updater.

Historically, the updates are relatively small in size, coming in at just 16.73MB for Surface Duo and a slightly larger 28.21MB for Surface Duo 2. Previous OS updates for both phones were around 200MB, so these are likely minor tweaks or security patches. That said, the original Surface Duo has a small fix for when using Miracast.

Here are the changes for each device:

Surface Duo

  • Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin—April 2022.
  • Fixes pixelated external display when screen sharing via Miracast.

Surface Duo 2

  • Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin—April 2022.

On Surface Duo 2, our build number jumped from 2022.106.38 to 2022.108.8. For the original Surface Duo, the build on our unlocked phone jumped from 2022.113.26 to 2022.115.10.

So far, Microsoft has been very consistent with its promise of monthly updates for its Surface Duo devices. While there have been periods of just security patches, recent monthly updates have included improvements to the OS, gestures, touch, responsiveness, camera, and adding more inking capabilities.

Google's Android 12L OS update, optimized for dual-screen and foldable phones, is due "later this year" from Microsoft.

Recently, Microsoft dropped the price of Surace Duo 2 from $1,499 to a more desirable $999, although it is unclear if that is a temporary reduction or a new regular price to drive sales. That price cut for Surface Duo 2 can be found at Microsoft.com, Best Buy, and Amazon.

Thanks, Wade S., for the tip!

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Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

6 Comments
  • I'm guessing we will not see any large updates, until Android 12L. Unless they plan on adding those missing customizations for MS Launcher. Other things I would like to see: 1. The ability to toggle the charging on/off for the Pen 2 from notification pull down or pin to the widget screen. 2. Always on notification bar charging indicator, while being charged. 3. More customization for sounds. Such as, open/close, Screen lock and charging sounds. If possible, a notification sound for Pen2 connection/disconnect. I know, it sounds minor, but that would be extremely useful, if the pen detached without your knowledge.
  • "I'm guessing we will not see any large updates, until Android 12L. "
    Yeah, I could see that being the case. Improvements to inking and Glance Bar (maybe even Launcher), could all be part of a big "package," which would also serve as kind of a second (re)-launch for Duo 2, especially since we do not expect a Duo 3 for the fall.
  • These sound like great ideas 👍
  • Update installed fine. Glad to see an update than no update.
  • Thx Daniel for the shout out. Love watching & reading everything Windows Central
  • Anyone else having issues with waking up original duo when the screen is folded back? It keeps showing the glance bar. I have to fold, then unfold to wake it up.