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Both Surface Duo Variants May Receive Android 12L Overlay For Windows 11 In The Coming Weeks

Surface Duo 1 and 2 phones will have access to Android 12L wrapped in Windows 11’s UI

Philip Aladino



Microsoft Surface Duo
Surface Duo Variants May Receive Android 12L Overlay For Windows 11 | (Smarttechvillas)


  • A Surface Duo 1 and 2 software upgrade is coming.
  • Surface Duo 1 and 2 will soon feature Android 12L with Windows 11’s UI.
  • Surface Slim Pen 2 has a “Pen Menu” interface like Windows 11’s.
  • Android 12L adds a taskbar to foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 but not the Surface Duo.
  • Rumours suggest the Surface Duo 3 may fold like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.

Windows Central claims that a software update for the Surface Duo 1 and Surface Duo 2 is imminent. Android 12L, a version of the operating system made for smartphones with big screens, will probably be added to devices with two screens.

As of shortly, Surface Duo 1 and 2 will have access to Android 12L wrapped in Windows 11’s UI. The first edition of the Surface Duo has two 5.6-inch AMOLED screens with a resolution of 1350 x 1800, therefore the phones aren’t foldable. The tablet’s display expands to an 8.1-inch screen when opened, at which point the device’s resolution changes to 1800 by 2700 (albeit with a hinge in the middle).

There are two 5.8-inch panels, each with a resolution of 1344 x 1892, included in the Surface Duo 2. When the two displays are together, the user has access to an 8.3-inch tablet-sized canvas with a resolution of 1892 x 2688.

Microsoft’s “Fluent Design System” will power the Windows 11 veneer included in the Android 12L upgrade for the two Surface Duo devices. Features including the Microsoft Launcher activity feed, notification shade, and settings app will be impacted by the latter. According to the study, soon you will be able to use gestures to open and close apps with more visual effects, blurred surfaces, and smooth motion.

Microsoft Surface Duo
Microsoft’s “Fluent Design System of the Surface Duo | (Smarttechvillas)

Microsoft’s “Fluent Design” is making its debut appearance on Android with this release. Microsoft often follows Android’s “Material Design,” which was developed by Google. With the latest Android 12L version, though, you’ll see that the “Fluent Design” is used to build interface components like toggles, buttons, and alerts.

Microsoft appears to want the Surface Duo phones to not only give an excellent Android experience but also to be seen as a mobile extension of the user’s Windows PC; this is a clever move that might increase sales. Similar to Windows 11’s Fast Settings panel, Android’s notification shade has a settings toggle. Windows 11-esque icons for each setting category are in the works for the next Settings app.

New to the Surface Slim Pen 2 is a “Pen Menu” interface that is reminiscent of the pen menu in Windows 11. It will add shortcuts for all applications on the smartphone and display the remaining pen battery life. In addition, with Android 12L, Surface Duo users will have access to Google’s Android wallpaper theming, which will adjust the system’s icon colours and accent colours to better complement the dominant colour of the wallpaper.

The taskbar interface, which is present on foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 but not on the Surface Duo devices, is a new Android 12L feature. Microsoft’s goal with the Surface Duo is to have it replace your Windows laptop.

Reports show that the update is nearing the completion of testing and might be issued by the end of October or the beginning of November. For the record, Microsoft has repeatedly disputed allegations that it is giving up on the Surface Duo and abandoning the device, most recently in September. We might see it helping to kickstart sales if the manufacturer did advertise the gadget as an extension of your PC.

Although many complaints were addressed with the Surface Duo 2, it is still a costly purchase, beginning at $1,500. However, Microsoft ran out of phones, and Best Buy removed the kiosks it had set up for the device from its shops. Some have speculated that, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Surface Duo 3 will be a real foldable.

Even though Microsoft is planning another Surface event on Tuesday, October 11th, we do not anticipate seeing the Surface Duo 3 shown at this time. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft won’t show us the phone in advance, as they did with the first Surface Duo in 2019, a full eleven months before the phone was introduced.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present