Despite promising three years of regular updates to Surface Duo, Microsoft so far has been relatively slow with releasing new firmware. While Google Pixel owners are already looking to get the first preview of Android 12, those rocking Surface Duo still wait for Microsoft to ship Android 11. There is no official information on when the new Android version for Surface Duo lands, but rumors say that the first major update will come out this Summer.
Outlook has been always known for its bright blue color but with the recent update, you can finally change it to a different accent color. Outlook Beta v16.0.13801.20004 is currently available for Office Insiders on Android.
Microsoft is working on a new software layer that will allow Android apps to run in Windows 10 with no modification from app developers (or with a slight modification for some apps). Currently known as Project Latte, it will also allow devs to publish their Android apps on Microsoft Store, so users will be able to get them the same way they get modern Windows apps today.
Let's Encrypt, a non-commercial certification authority controlled by the community and providing certificates free of charge to everyone, has announced the upcoming transition to generating signatures using only its own root certificate, without using a certificate cross-signed by the IdenTrust certification authority. The cross-signed certificate expires on September 1, 2021. This means that 33% of Android devices will stop recognizing Let's Encrypt certificates.
You may be aware of the Microsoft SwiftKey keyboard for Android (and not just for Android). The app, which was acquired by Microsoft and now comes with their branding, is often preinstalled on many modern devices. It came to our knowledge that the Redmond software giant is working to add a cloud sync feature to the app.
Microsoft has released the Defender ATP app over the Google Play store. The app is now available for download, however, it requires a Microsoft 365 E5 license.
Microsoft's Surface Duo phone, which is now available for pre-order in the US, will come with an unlocked bootloader. The device will receive software updates for 3 years.
Google is rolling out its brand new Nearby Share feature to initially small set of devices that as now includes Pixel and Samsung smartphones. Lucky owners of the supported models will be able to share and transfer their files and pictures with ease.
Google has announced that the company is finally discontinuing their Play Music app and service. The users will no longer be able to buy new music, and are advised to transfer their library to YouTube Music, a new service that Google actively promotes.