The Android 12L update left the Surface Duo models “buggy”
You might not want to install Android 12L right now on your Microsoft Surface Duo phone
One Reddit post, authored by Ill_Attention4749, says that the update has disabled the search bar on his Surface Duo. But this phone owner is a resourceful type as he simply opens the Edge browser to conduct a search. He also says that a restart will allow him to use the search bar until it stops working again.
But a clock issue is nothing compared to a battery that drains too fast. You can always figure out the time by asking Google Assistant or using a sundial. But if your battery is dead, you can only use the phone as a paperweight. Reddit user marrk87 wrote, “OK, I’ve had a few little bugs since I did the day 1 update to 12L on my daily driven Duo 2. However, today I experienced pretty much every bug that has been reported right when I really needed my phone.”
One Surface Duo user saw his battery drain 40% in an hour
“First, there was a massive battery drain that took the battery down like 40% in an hour. That could have been service related, but I’m not so sure. Next, the clock and battery gauge in the taskbar didn’t update, so my phone dropped down to a very low percentage of battery without me even realizing. Then the wifi and mobile data decided to stop working, so I couldn’t call or send any messages. This required a restart. I’m pretty disappointed, but a restart seemed to tame the beast for now.”
Considering the number of issues that have popped up on both the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 following the installation of Android 12L, if you haven’t downloaded and installed it yet on your Microsoft dual-screen phone, you might want to wait until the software giant exterminates these bugs by pushing out an update. Hopefully, such an update will be disseminated soon so that Surface Duo users can enjoy their phones once again.