Microsoft started working on a dual-screen device in late 2014
and it takes a strong vision and a lot of hard work to launch a
device like the Surface Duo. After Microsoft cancelled Surface
Mini in 2014, Microsoft started exploring dual-screen hardware
ideas and they finally created a durable device called ‘Surface
Surface Duo ships with Android 10, but
Microsoft is also said to be working on Android 11 update
for the dual-screen hardware. While Surface Duo has emerged as
a durable device with a strong metal hinge, Microsoft’s version
of Android is currently plagued with critical issues.
One notable takeaway from reviewers experience is that the
camera performance is below experience.
Fortunately, Microsoft is working on a new camera update for
Surface Duo that will enable multiple new features, including a
built-in “Image Refiner”. In addition, the company is also
working on a feature called “Photo Solid”.
Microsoft is working on another feature that will reduce image
shake and improve stability by manipulating the image using the
Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) system.
Microsoft also appears to be testing “zzHDR” feature to show a
live preview of the HDR image without any shutter lag. Other
features which were tested internally include Multi-Frame
Surface Duo bug fixing update
Last year, Microsoft showed off the Surface Duo with apps that
could be quickly transferred between the two screens, and the
UI will automatically adjust when you switch between form
However, a lot of early adopters users and reviewers are
reporting performance issues with the device. On Twitter and
forums, some users have described their experience with the
phone – and it doesn’t sound like the revolutionary software
experience you’d expect from Microsoft’s Surface product.
One notable problem from their experience is that there’s a
noticeable system lag when you drag and drop apps between the
two screens. Likewise, some apps will freeze when you open the
device and try to switch between the apps using the gestures.
In addition, some also noticed that apps that were in use will
take a few seconds to expand between the two screens, and
sometimes they’ll crash after a few seconds.
Fortunately, Microsoft is working on a new software update for
Surface Duo that will try to fix performance issues, including
problems with the gestures interface and app crashes.
For those asking, yes Microsoft is planning to release a new
OS update for Surface Duo in October that will bring with it
more fixes. It’s in testing internally now and will include
the October security patch too. OS updates will be monthly.
— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden)
September 27, 2020
Surface Duo’s next software update is expected to arrive in
October 2020 with the latest security patch.