September 30, 2023

Microsoft’s unique Floor Duo, which was launched three years in the past in September 2020 will not obtain software program updates. It’s not simply main Android updates, Microsoft can be achieved releasing safety updates for it as nicely (by way of Home windows Central).

The Floor Duo initially shipped with Android 10, and it solely acquired two main Android updates, the newest being Android 12L final fall. For a tool that was initially priced at $1399, that is undoubtedly not nice. As compared, Apple’s six-year-old iPhone 8 continues to be getting software program updates to at the present time.

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The Floor Duo was Microsoft’s first Android-based dual-screen system, and it by no means actually discovered its viewers. The system was actually costly at launch (although Microsoft shortly discounted it), and it got here with a single front-facing digital camera that was fairly lackluster in comparison with the sensors discovered on different high-end smartphones.

The software program state of affairs on the Floor Duo was additionally fairly problematic from the start. The system launched with an outdated model of Android, which wasn’t actually optimized for this dual-screen type issue. Microsoft struggled to persuade app builders to optimize their apps for the dual-screen system, and this was all fairly harking back to Microsoft’s earlier troubles with builders on Home windows Cellphone.

Whereas the unique Floor Duo will proceed to work, the shortage of safety updates going ahead isn’t precisely ideally suited from a safety standpoint. The Floor Duo 2, nevertheless, will proceed to obtain software program updates till October 2024.

Whereas it stays to be seen if a Floor Duo 3 will ever see the sunshine of day, simply keep in mind that Microsoft is often fast to cancel merchandise that fail to get any traction. The Floor Neo, which was alleged to be an even bigger laptop-like model of the Floor Duo, was truly canceled earlier than it even launched.