Microsoft Surface Duo will ship with an unlockable bootloader

Surface Duo internal look

The unlockable bootloader is fully supported on many phones and
Surface Duo is no exception. Microsoft’s first Android phone
will also ship an unlockable bootloader, which could allow you
to easily root the phone and flash custom ROMs.

Unlocking the bootloader of the Surface Duo will be the first
step towards rooting your phone and installing custom ROMs.

When the phone’s bootloader is locked, it will only boot the
operating system currently on it and you cannot install a
custom operating system. A locked bootloader will refuse to
load a custom operating system or ROM.

By default, Surface Duo’s bootloader would be locked, but
Microsoft will allow you to unlock it. Also, the unlockable
bootloader doesn’t mean that you can buy the Surface Duo now
and hack it to install Windows 10X because
Microsoft’s new modular OS currently works on Intel
hardware only.

Three years of Android updates

As we know, Surface Duo comes with Android 10 pre-installed and
Android 11 update will be released shortly after the operating
system is finalized.

In a statement, Microsoft also confirmed that the Surface Duo
will be provided with feature and security patches for three
full years. In theory, the device should also be updated to
Android 13/14 when the operating system is announced.

It’s worth noting that Google also provides three years of
software updates for its Pixel smartphones. In addition,
Samsung has confirmed that it will be releasing three major
Android upgrades to its flagships starting with the Galaxy S10.

For the next three years, Surface Duo will get both the OS
upgrade as well as security patches. Microsoft is already
working on the next-generation Surface Duo and this is
certainly fantastic news for early adopters who want to stick
with the Surface Duo after the next-generation lineup is

While this is good news for consumers, it remains to be seen
how long these updates will take to arrive.

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