Xiaomi fans, like every other Android user right now, are eager to know when their phones will get a hold of the latest major operating system update. Here is all the info we’ve gathered so far.
Xiaomi is known for squeezing all the value it can out of some generally affordably priced phones and the company has gathered plenty of praise for this skill over the past year.
Unfortunately, manufacturers can all too often overlook mid-range and budget handsets when it comes to rolling out software updates, preferring instead to prioritise its pricier flagship models. With a large number its phones emerging within the mid-range market and several within the Android One programme, can Xiaomi deliver on this front too?
Scroll down for all we know so far.
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Which Xiaomi phones will get Android 10?
Five Xiaomi phones have received the full Android 10 software globally. The Xiaomi Mi 9T, and the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (known as the Xiaomi Redmi K20 and K20 Pro in some markets) received the update the day that it dropped in China and more recently in Europe. The Xiaomi Mi 8 and Android One member Xiaomi Mi A2, on the other hand, only got it this January.
While the line between beta and stable releases have become somewhat blurred thanks to Xiaomi’s confusing naming conventions and staged global rollouts, XDA Developers has released a list of phones ready to be sideloaded. Included in this list is the Xiaomi Mi 9 – which was included in the Android 10 beta – along with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G received the beta so we’d expect a full version for the cutting-edge phone to arrive soon.
Xiaomi also has a few more modestly-priced phones on the Android One programme, which guarantees long-term security updates and software support for all its devices. That list includes the aforementioned Xiaomi Mi A2, the Xiaomi Mi A3, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, and the Xiaomi Mi A1. The first three are guaranteed the update and expect to receive it very soon. However, the latter device (which was launched on Android Nougat) may have reached the end of its cycle with the upgrade to Pie.
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When will Xiaomi phones get upgraded to Android 10?
The alleged full update schedule of Xiaomi phones is listed below by a Twitter tipster (dating from the days when Android 10 was still known under the “Q” moniker). Not only do the listed phones tally with our expectations, but the dates provided also seem like a reasonable working schedule.
However, don’t set your watch by it, as this information isn’t yet verified, but it’s as good a guesstimate as we have right now.
What will Android 10 bring to Xiaomi phones?
There are plenty of tasty new features that explain why users are so keen to get their hands on the latest iteration of Android’s operating system. The most widely anticipated of these is probably Dark Theme, which displays a black/grey interface that’s kinder on your eyes than the bright white default, and full gesture navigation is also on its way to replace the half-gesture half-button controls introduced by Android 9.
These features should make for a more refined experience; you can read more about all the upcoming goodies here.
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Which Xiaomi phones will get MIUI 11?
Not all of Xiaomi’s vast collection of phones will get the full Android 10 experience, but plenty will still get the update to MIUI 11. This user interface is based on Android 7.1-10, and packs innovative features (such as a system-wide dark theme) which are directly comparable to the new Android operating system. It made its debut in Europe on November 6.
Xiaomi’s Indian arm has revealed their full (but “tentative”) launch schedule for MIUI 11 updates on Twitter. It will start rolling out on October 22, and there’s a grand total of 28 devices set to receive the new software according to the following list:
MIUI updates in China have also been well underway. The second phase was announced on November 8, and includes the following models (with global versions expected to receive the update by early December):
Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G, Xiaomi Mi 6, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Mi CC9, Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Note 3, Xiaomi Redmi S2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A, Xiaomi Redmi 7A
The first phase of software updates in China hit the following handsets:
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer, Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi Mi Max 3, Xiaomi Redmi 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi K20