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The tech giant is blaming Google for the delay and now shooting for release in January.

It’s been a long wait, but Surface Duo owners might finally be kicking off the first month of 2022 with a treat. That’s all according to the latest rumors from Windows Central’s Zac Bowden and Daniel Rubino. They have indicated that Android 11 was recently being tested internally on Duo devices at Microsoft.

However, the update was supposed to be out before the end of 2021. What happened?

Google red tape held up the Surface Duo release?

According to the latest Windows Central podcast, Microsoft employees have been self-hosting Android 11 builds on internal Surface Duo devices for a while now. On the podcast, Bowden says he believes Google also received the final build. However, due to Google’s own policies, it has to be verified before hitting consumer devices. In other words, Microsoft is saying that the update is in limbo awaiting certification at Google.

The holidays and the fact that Google and Microsoft are both on vacation also means that there’s a delay in the verification, which is why there’s a long wait.

Microsoft committed to 3 years worth of updates for the Surface Duo. But the release for Android 11 has been a source of unrest for Microsoft fans. The Duo ships with Android 10, but Microsoft had indicated in September that the device would have the Android 11 update by the end of 2021.