After the launch of the Surface Duo phone, Microsoft has officially become an Android hardware maker. Surface Duo is Microsoft’s first Android phone and Microsoft is fully committed to following Google’s monthly update release schedule.
Earlier this month, Microsoft started rolling out the October software update for Surface Duo with multiple fixes.
The October software for Surface Duo comes with all the security improvements that are rolled out by Google to their Pixel lineup. In addition, this release includes performance and user experience improvements for the dual-screen device
Microsoft says it has worked on refining the touch input of the Duo and the company has also enhanced Facebook Messenger’s experience when you use the app on the single screen.
Microsoft has also made changes to improve call stability and address call drop issue reported by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile customers.
Now, Microsoft is rolling out a new update to the Microsoft Launcher to further improve the software experience on Surface Duo. This release ships with updated app icons and fonts.
In addition, Microsoft is introducing support for new app folder layout and there are improvements for the gesture support. Users have reported that the gesture support on the Surface Duo is buggy, but after the Launcher update, you will notice better performance when working with gestures.
Here’s the complete changelog of the recent updates for Surface Duo phone:
- Improved performance and system stability.
- Addresses call drops and connectivity issues under certain circumstances.
- Reduces Camera and Edge launch time.
- Improves Microsoft Launcher’s gestures, folder, and app groups.
- Applies Google’s October security patch.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft is internally working on a camera update for the Surface Duo that will add support for zzHDR mode, improved image stabilization, and more.