Microsoft brings Android 12L to the Surface Duo (with a Windows 11-inspired skin) | Digireview

Microsoft is rolling out a software update for its dual-screen smartphones that will make Android look and function a bit more like Windows 11.

Part of that is only due to the update to Android 12L – Google has optimized its mobile OS to take better advantage of larger screens by adding support for a taskbar, among other things. But Microsoft has also made some tweaks specifically designed for the Microsoft Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2.

First, the company says it’s revamped the icons, colors, and user interface controls to make Android on the Surface Duo more familiar to anyone with a Windows 11 computer.

For the most part, you’ll see these changes in the Quick Settings and System Settings. But Microsoft is also introducing four new wallpapers designed to be reminiscent of the company’s desktop PC wallpapers. And if you use Android 12L’s dynamic theme engine to set your phone’s color palette based on one of these wallpapers, you should get a look and feel more like Windows.

Other changes include a new OneDrive Photos widget, updated accessibility and privacy features, and support for transferring data from another phone (Android or iPhone) using a wireless connection or USB cable.

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