Xiaomi has taken the first steps in bringing Android 9.0 Pie to its smartphones, announcing that Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 10 is now available for the flagship Xiaomi Mi 8. However, this isn’t a wide roll-out; it’s limited to China for now, and only users on the insider beta program are eligible to receive the update. The company has stated that it will roll out later for global builds of the phone.
While this doesn’t mean much for most Xiaomi users, it is the first step in bringing the next version of Android to a wider range of Xiaomi devices, as well as the framework for running the operating system on upcoming devices by the company. MIUI 10 itself is already available both as a stable version in China as well as in beta globally, but the ROM has been limited to Android 8.1 Oreo so far.
Android Pie is available on Mi 8 (insider beta) now in China. It will roll out later for global. pic.twitter.com/p19XKaHlIQ
— MIUI (@miuirom) September 6, 2018
While the Xiaomi Mi 8 is the company’s flagship offering, the Chinese company hasn’t launched the device in India. Xiaomi’s flagship devices have typically seen poor response in India, where it is better known for its budget and mid-range offerings. Instead, Xiaomi launched the Poco F1, its value-for-money mid-range offering in India, with prices starting at Rs 20,999.
However, with this first step, Xiaomi users globally, likely starting with Poco F1 users in India, can look forward to receiving Android 9.0 Pie on their devices. After an initial launch and feedback phase in beta, the company will start rolling out the software as a stable OTA. MIUI 10 has already been announced for a number of Xiaomi devices, including the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi 6 series and the Poco F1.
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After this announcement, which officially takes MIUI 10 to Android 9.0 Pie, it’s likely that subsequent MIUI 10 roll-outs for new and popular Xiaomi devices could be based on the latest version of Android. Xiaomi has been typically slow with rolling out major software version updates, and will be looking to change that perception this year with Android 9.0 Pie.