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Microsoft Surface Duo will receive three years of Android updates

It's a promise many established Android manufacturers fail to make.

Published onAugust 13, 2020

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  • The Microsoft Surface Duo will receive three years of OS and security updates.
  • Microsoft’s commitment brings it in line with Google and Samsung’s support of their flagships.

Guaranteeing Android updates well after a device’s launch has been a tall hurdle for some smartphone makers in the past, but this likely won’t be an issue for the Microsoft Surface Duo.

Microsoft confirmed to Android Authority that its new foldable device “will be supported with OS and security updates for three years.” That’s a solid commitment considering this is Microsoft’s first real Android device, but perhaps less so when you remember this device costs $1,399.

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Regardless, Microsoft joins the likes of the Google Pixel series, and Samsung with its Galaxy S10, Galaxy S20, Note 10, and Note 20 lines in offering three years of OS support. The likes of OnePlus offer users three years of security patches and two years of major upgrades as the minimum.

Readers have told us before that they expect at least three years of software support from companies, while some believe five years should be the benchmark. Judging by how expensive smartphones have become in recent years, five years of support doesn’t seem that steep a request from users either.

The Microsoft Surface Duo broke cover this week and with it began the Redmond company’s latest foray into compact mobile devices. While the device’s internals and price may leave much to desire for buyers, those who don’t need NFC or an exterior camera can take some solace in Microsoft’s commitment to software updates.

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