Simply over a yr in the past, Microsoft launched the Floor Duo, its first Android telephone. In some methods, the Duo was probably the most formidable Android telephones on this planet with its distinctive dual-screen design. Then again, it was missing some key options you’d anticipate from a $1,400 telephone, like NFC, the newest ARM SoC, and an enormous battery. It additionally launched with Android 10 within the speedy aftermath of Android 11’s launch. Absolutely, that may simply be a brief concern, proper? Nicely, right here we’re a yr later, and the telephone continues to be on Android 10.
It is not unusual for telephones to launch on outdated software program within the months after a brand new model hits, normally with the promise of a fast replace. Microsoft, nonetheless, has let the Duo languish on Android 10. It has launched safety patches, which is good to see. I’d contemplate this a minimal degree of assist, although. I am not making an attempt to indicate that Android 11 is a dramatic enchancment over 10. Nevertheless, preserving its flagship (and solely) telephone up-to-date would display Microsoft’s dedication, and that is one thing I for one must see earlier than I can advocate Microsoft’s telephones.
Microsoft is an organization with a protracted, lengthy historical past of poor dedication to its cellular merchandise. It deserted Home windows Cellular for Home windows Telephone, after which it deserted that for Home windows 10 Cellular. It additionally launched after which killed the Kin pseudo-smartphones in there someplace. Extra just lately, it ditched Home windows 10 Cellular for Android. Many people thought again then: possibly this time Microsoft will have the ability to have some impression on cellular expertise. It did not should make the software program from scratch, and it did not should persuade builders to get on board with a brand new, untested platform. Even with these benefits, it is virtually like Microsoft would not care in regards to the Duo. It is greater than a yr outdated, Android 12 simply weeks away from launch, and Microsoft’s telephone nonetheless runs Android 10.
And let me inform you, if there is a telephone that would use a significant replace, it is the Duo. I’ve not been shy about my love of foldables, and one of many major causes is that they lastly make true multitasking viable on a telephone. I may theoretically do among the identical issues on the Duo with its twin shows, however the expertise is fraught with bugs. Apps crash, UI parts disappear, navigation stutters and glitches—it is not in a very good state, and it is solely improved barely since launch.
Microsoft’s solely response to the Duo’s more and more poor worth proposition is reducing the value. In equity, it has dropped considerably from the unique $1,399.99 worth to only $699.99. And but, I do not assume that is even near one of the best 700 bucks you may spend on an Android telephone. The change to Android was one other alternative for Microsoft to indicate that it has cellular ambitions, and to date, it has didn’t stay as much as our expectations. Everybody else promoting telephones on this worth vary can sustain. Why not Microsoft? We reached out to Microsoft to ask in regards to the lack of Duo updates, and we got a very good outdated “no remark.”
We expect Microsoft to unveil the Duo 2 within the coming weeks, and historical past is repeating itself. Android 12 is about to launch, and I might be shocked if Microsoft releases its new telephone with the newest OS model. With none type of promise of replace assist, I might be hesitant to purchase one. Idiot me as soon as, disgrace on you. Idiot me twice…