As expected, the Surface Duo and the Surface Duo 2 have both received an update that includes Android 12L. This is a special version of the Android 12 operating system that is made for larger-screened devices. The Surface Duo is a dual-screened phone that when fully opened (like a book) gives users a larger tablet-sized display to use. Unlike foldable rivals, there is no crease in the middle of the display. Instead, there are a pair of hinges that are used to open and close the two displays at angles from 0 degrees to 360 degrees.
Surface Duo models receive an update to Android 12L
On the Surface Duo 2, Android 12L includes a pen menu for the Surface Slim Pen 2
Microsoft says that Android 12L provides users with a better experience. The company says, “Android 12 provides a more personalized, responsive and inclusive experience with a refreshed UI that dynamically adapts to a customer’s wallpaper, feels more responsive to touch with fluid animations, and comes with additional tools for accessibility.” And with the Surface Duo 2, the Surface Slim Pen 2 digital writing instrument will pair with the phone the first time the pen touches the screen.
Android 12 also allows users to decide whether an app can be used to track their precise location (resulting in the receipt of customized ads) or approximate location (less likely to lead to the user receiving relevant ads). The update also makes it easier to transfer data from your iPhone to your new Surface Duo 2 handset. All you need to do is plug in a cable or rely on a Wi-Fi signal to make switching from your iPhone to a Surface Duo easier to do.
How to install the Android 12L update on your Surface Duo
To update to Android 12L on your Surface Duo or Surface Duo 2, go to Settings > System > System update.
Android 12L update arrives for the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2
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