Xiaomi fans are impatient to know when their phones will get the latest operating system and interface. Here’s all the information we’ve gathered on the update.
Xiaomi has won an envied reputation for phones that squeeze every last drop of value from reaosnable prices, and we have given the company’s latest handsets plenty of plaudits over recent months.
However, that same mid-range and budget segment of the market is often overlooked by manufacturers when it comes to rolling out software updates. Has Xiaomi delivered the goods on this front too? Read on for all we know so far.
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Which Xiaomi phones will get Android 10?
As of early November, only two 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).
On top of that, several phones in Xiaomi’s flagship line have received the Android 10 beta, including the Xiaomi Mi 9, the Xiaomi Mi 8, and the cutting-edge Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G. These phones will certainly get the full upgrade in due course, while we expect that other flagships such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 are likely to receive the upgrade as well, despite not being on the beta.
Xiaomi also has a few 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 Xiaomi Mi A3, the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, and the Xiaomi Mi A1. The first three are guaranteed the update, but 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