Microsoft Surface Duo 2 June update brings improved preview bar and Slim Pen 2 functionality

Microsoft has started rolling out the June update for its dual-screen Surface Duo 2 handset. This update is around 736 MB in size and brings this foldable smartphone to firmware version 2022.418.98. It adds third-party app support to the preview bar that lets users check notifications when the Surface Duo 2 is folded. This update also adds improved features for the Slim Pen 2. Along with these improvements, the June update introduces a few other new features and general performance improvements.

According to information on Microsoft’s support page for the Surface Duo 2, the preview bar will now show notifications from third-party messaging apps. Prior to this update, the preview bar only displayed SMS, voicemail, and Microsoft Teams alerts. With the June update, the Slim Pen 2 will receive an automatic firmware update when paired to the handset via Bluetooth. This will allow the Slim Pen 2 to automatically pair with the Surface Duo 2 when used on either screen. For auto-pairing to work, users need to make sure their Slim Pen 2 is updated to firmware version 5.133.139 or later and software version 5.148.139 or later.

Additionally, the Camera app will now have the option to enable haptic feedback control in the settings. The Surface Duo 2 will now offer an improved camera experience in dual-screen mode for dynamically oriented apps. This update also optimizes charging by allowing the battery to gradually charge overnight, which should prevent the battery from aging quickly. Additionally, the Device Firmware Configuration Interface (DFCI) is now supported to control device usage. The update also brings general improvements in performance, stability, camera usability, and touch responsiveness.

As a reminder, the Surface Duo 2 was launched last September. It has two 5.8-inch PixelSense displays that provide a combined 8.3-inch viewing experience when unfolded. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and packs a 4449 mAh battery.

This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss Surface Pro 8, Go 3, Duo 2 and Laptop Studio – as Microsoft sets out a vision for Windows 11 hardware. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts , Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.


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