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Xiaomi announces anti-rollback feature for its Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5 devices for improved security

Xiaomi pointed out that this mechanism is only available for the Redmi Note 5 and the Note 5 Pro.

  • Published: July 12, 2018 6:07 PM IST
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Xiaomi has announced the launch of a new feature as part of the MIUI 10 update. This new feature is actually an “anti-rollback” mechanism which will stop users from rolling back to a previous version of the operating system on the device. According to a details post on MIUI forum, the company pointed out that this new feature is being introduced “to maintain system stability” while ensuring “the security of the device.” The post added that this new update is rolling out with the MIUI 10 Public ROM 8.7.5 and onwards.

The company pointed out that users will not be able to downgrade to a previous version of the Stable or the Beta ROM. Xiaomi warned users that if they attempt to downgrade from the MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.7.5 then they will end up bricking their device. It asked that users will need to visit their “nearest Mi service center for help” if the device is bricked. This is likely to be a bit counterproductive but it is a good move from the company towards offering a more stable and secure experience to their users.

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Though, users will also need to be careful while installing the Beta version of ROMs because they can’t roll back to the previous version if they encounter any crippling bugs. Instead, they will have to deal with it until the problem is fixed in the next version.

The company pointed out that this mechanism is only available for the Redmi Note 5 and the Note 5 Pro. It is likely that the company will bring the feature to more devices in the future after taking inputs about any optimizations that it may need to make in the feature on these two devices.

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  • Published Date: July 12, 2018 6:07 PM IST