Windows 11 on Surface Duo gets working Wi-Fi, eSIM, cellular and GPS

Windows 11 on Surface Duo

Earlier this year, Gustave Monce, the creator of the WOA Project, presented us with the first glimpse from successfully running the Windows 11 operating system on the first-generation dual-screen smartphone, Microsoft Surface Duo, which came preinstalled with Android 10. At the time, the phone was barely functional.

Now, the French developer has released the most recent version of the project, which includes new features and improvements, as well as several major driver updates. The latest release includes support for Wi-Fi, cellular data, cellular text, eSim, GPS, and Miracast, making Windows on Surface Duo devices much more usable than before.

It also allows you to effectively install the phone’s mobile operating system and replace it with a desktop operating system – Windows 10 or Windows 11 – on a first-generation Microsoft Surface Duo.

Below is the changelog for version 2207.32, which is now available for download from GitHub:

  • Wi-Fi is now functional (2.5 Ghz/5 Ghz). However, the retrieval of Mac addresses is not yet available.
  • Mobile data is now functional (LTEA/LTE/HSDPA+/HSDPA/EDGE/GPRS).
  • Mobile texts are now functional. Use the Chat application to send and receive messages.
  • Calls, VoLTE, RCS and more coming soon in a later release.
  • eSIM support is now enabled in this release.
  • GPS is now functional.

It is important to note that critical things such as making or receiving calls and the camera will not work properly in the experimental project. Some of the known issues with the Surface Duo when using Windows 11 are listed below:

  • Auto-orientation only works for the left panel, using the orientation sensor of the right panel
  • USB dongles that are not externally powered may not work at this time
  • USB C Billboard devices currently not working
  • External Display Stream support currently not working
  • Additional information provided by the posture sensor is not currently available for public consumption, including preview events.
  • Digitizers do not respond to the flip of the device
  • Displays usually do not respond to folding the device
  • Physical device data is incorrect
  • Problems with graphics

Monce says he is working on adding call support. He said he’s also working on adding support for using the Surface Duo’s USB-C port to connect external displays.

Given the limitations of features, it is not recommended to risk bricking your Surface Duo, as the device is not yet ready to replace the original Android for everyday use. However, if you still want to try Windows 11 on a Surface Duo, you can follow the instructions on the project’s GitHub page.

The Surface Duo with Android has also recently received an official update. Click here to view it!

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