Surface Duo 2 gets June update with better Glance Bar support and Slim Pen 2 improvements

Enrique, 09 June 2022

A new OTA update has begun rolling out to the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 that brings plenty of improvements and new features to the Microsoft foldable. The update weighs in at 736MB and brings the Duo 2 up to version 2022.418.98.

The Glance Bar is a thin area of the exposed displays that shows glanceable information such as time, date, and notifications. The update will now show notifications for 3rd party messaging apps. The Glance Bar previously only showed SMS, voicemail, and Microsoft Teams alerts.

Microsoft promises three years of updates for the Surface Duo 2

The Slim Pen 2 gets improved functionality, and its own firmware update will enable automatic pairing with the Surface Duo 2. The Slim Pen 2 will be able to receive a firmware update when paired over Bluetooth (no need to do this with a Surface PC) and when updated to version 5.133.139, the Slim Pen 2 will also be able to automatically pair to the Surface Duo when inking on either display.

Surface Duo 2 gets June update with better Glance Bar support and Slim Pen 2 improvements

New features to the software include optimized charging, haptic feedback is now available in the Camera app’s settings, and Device Firmware Configuration Interface (DFCI) is now supported to control device usage. The camera app gets improved “usability” which is kind of vague of a description, but it should either be snappier or see better performance.

The OG Surface Duo also received an update, but it only listed “device stability” updates and comes with version 2022.418.56.



Reader comments

  • Tyler
  • 23 Jun 2022
  • q{q

So uh, I'm one of the two people who actually own this phone and the pen - This update actually broke the pen. The pen pairs itself to the phone every time you bring it into about 5mm of the screen, so as you are writing the pen is constantly d...

  • Jon
  • 09 Jun 2022
  • AF4

Both the people who bought it must be delighted. Although I think Bill now has a Samsung...

  • Bottas
  • 09 Jun 2022
  • reh


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