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Xiaomi shouldn’t repeat Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12 saga with upcoming MIUI 13 update for eligible devices

Xiaomi has a good reputation among MIUI fans. No doubt people love many or all of the customizations and features the company adds to its skin on top of what AOSP has to offer.

In fact, owing to the huge number of features and improvements MIUI updates tag along, some Xiaomi fans would rather get multiple MIUI updates at the expense of multiple Android OS updates.

Up to this point, only the upper midrange and premium Mi devices have been receiving two Android OS updates while the rest in the Redmi and Redmi Note family were condemned to a single OS update.Redmi-Note-8-Pro-inline-new

Redmi Note 8 Pro in line for a second OS update to Android 11

This is about to change, though, at least if recent developments in the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro camps are anything to go by. As it stands, the two are in line for an update to Android 11 OS, their second.

It’s a known (at least unofficially) Xiaomi software update policy that devices receive two or three MIUI updates, something the company has hardly disappointed over the years, although not to say things are perfect.   PiunikaWeb – Meet our teamPlay Video

However, the upgrade process hasn’t always been smooth for some devices. Take the popular Redmi Note 8 from September 2019, for instance.

Having arrived powered by MIUI 10 out of the box, Xiaomi updated the device in China to MIUI 11 in November of the same year, but the update was pulled due to bugs and re-released a week later.Redmi-Note-8-Inline

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 expected to get MIUI 13 update

India and Indonesia got the update a few days later as well, but like their counterparts, the initial rollout was pulled and re-released about a week or so later.

The ship stabilized into the New Year 2020, but it wasn’t long after before another storm hit, this time Android 10, the first major OS update for the device.

Things looked a little promising when it was reported that beta testing had started back in March. In May, Alvin Tse, Xiaomi Indonesia GM, hinted at a July release for the stable version.

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It got even even better when news broke out that the Chinese variant had started testing stable MIUI 12 in early July, suggesting that the said July release date would materialize.

This came after it had been made public that the Redmi Note 8 Android 10 update would be part of the firmware that brings MIUI 12 to the device.

What was to follow, though, is an unforgettable experience for Redmi Note 8 users. A series of major disappointments kept popping up left and right, mainly from what seemed like clueless forum moderators and support, but others from top executives too.

Eventually, the update arrived in China on the final day of September, meaning global users still had some waiting to do. This wait lasted a month before the update finally rolled out globally.

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Not long after the rollout kicked off, Redmi Note 8 users started reporting about an issue preventing them from upgrading to MIUI 12. This strange issue, apparently, was limited to those on a certain MIUI 11 build.

It took Xiaomi about a week or two to acknowledge the issue and promise to fix it. As part of this bug-fixing exercise, Xiaomi rolled back the initial MIUI 12 build and re-released a newer build.

But for some reason, Redmi Note 8 owners on the global units once again started receiving an older, MIUI 11 update. However, this was limited to those who had not successfully installed the initial MIUI 12.

As of this writing, December 12, the global MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 has yet to be re-released, meaning the device is still on MIUI 11 based on Android 9 heading into the New Year 2021.

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Initial Redmi Note 8 MIUI 12 update rolled back

And despite having waited for months, Redmi Note 8 users who successfully migrated to MIUI 12 on global units or even in other regions like India and Indonesia still got a half-baked MIUI 12 update, although this should be addressed in future MIUI 12.5 or MIUI 13 updates.

Speaking of future updates, Xiaomi still has some work to do not just with respect to the popular Redmi Note 8, but also other devices that are in line for the upcoming MIUI 13 update.

Things look promising on the Android 11 front considering that not much optimization – and thought – is put into Xiaomi Android OS updates. But it’s with the feature-packed MIUI updates where things get a bit chaotic.

Since the Redmi Note 8 is also expected to bag the MIUI 13 update, every fan will be looking back at the experience they’ve had through various software upgrades and definitely relish something better.

This is what I, too, am looking forward to from Xiaomi, unless no one over there has been learning from the mistakes made over time.

What are your thoughts? Are you satisfied with Xiaomi’s performance in the way MIUI 12 roll out happened? Or is it that you think Xiaomi should up its game with the upcoming MIUI 12.5 or MIUI 13 roll out? Cast your vote in the poll below:

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is receiving MIUI 11-based August 2020 security update

Xiaomi has begun to rollout an MIUI 11-based new update for Redmi Note 8 users in India. This update comes with the August 2020 security patch to improve the system security update.

Currently, this update is based on the MIUI 11, and the MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 8 expected to rollout by the end of October with the other remaining devices.

The software version of this update is V11.0.6.0.PCOINXM for Redmi Note 8 in India. You can also download this update from the link mentioned below.

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Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro billed to star the show in third phase of MIUI 12 rollout

After ending the second phase of its MIUI 12 rollout last week, Xiaomi is slated to set its sights towards the third phase, with phones like the Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max likely to finally receive the MIUI 12 update in the coming weeks.

Xiaomi has been sending out MIUI 12 updates for well over three months at this point. In that period, the company has rolled out MIUI 12 to most of its premium phones, including the previously-ignored Mi Mix 3 5G. For some reason, however, the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 9 Pro series remain on MIUI 11. But not for much longer. 

Just last week, Xiaomi finally rolled the credits on the second phase of its MIUI 12 rollout. The second phase of the rollout saw updates sent out to phones like the Mi Mix 2, Redmi Note 9, and Redmi Note 7. The company has now entered the third phase, and going by previous information, should see devices like the Mi Max 3, Mi CC9e, and Mi Note 3 get the update. Even more importantly, the update should finally arrive for the Redmi Note 8.

Older information indicates that the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, and Redmi Note 9S will all get the MIUI 12 update in the fourth phase of the rollout. However, there’s official confirmation that the Redmi Note 9 Pro will start getting the stable MIUI 12 update in certain regions this month. It’s logical to assume that the other Snapdragon 720G-powered phones will also get the update at the same time—and likely as part of the third phase.

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MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 delayed yet again

The Redmi Note 8 was tipped to receive the MIUI 12 and Android 10 update in August. That doesn’t look to be feasible anymore, though, with official channels announcing that the MIUI 12 update for the phone, alongside those of the Mi Max 3, Mi 8 SE, and Redmi K20, has now been suspended.

For some reason, the Redmi Note 8 remains stuck on Android Pie and MIUI 11 an entire year after it was launched. Word from months ago claimed the phone would likely receive the MIUI 12 update in August but it appears a wrench has now been thrown into the works.

According to a report by PiunikaWeb, the MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 has now been suspended. This isn’t the first time it’s happened either. The source, the Xiaomi/MIUI update channel, claims the suspension of the rollout is due to stability issues. Business as usual with Xiaomi. This rollout suspension isn’t particular to the Redmi Note 8, though, as the Mi Max 3, Mi 8 SE, and Redmi K20 are getting a similar treatment.

It’s unknown when the Redmi Note 8 will finally receive the MIUI 12 update—which should also bring Android 10. Both the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 9 have already received stable MIUI 12 updates, leaving Redmi Note 8 owners in limbo. 

MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8 delayed yet again

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Redmi Note 8 survives eight-floor drop and watery landing but ends up with a “curved” display

A Redmi Note 8 owner has reported how their Xiaomi smartphone still works after being accidentally dropped from an eighth-floor balcony and making a splash-landing in some type of body of water. The Redmi Note 8 was able to be charged and was operational, although it was left with a “curved” display after the traumatic incident

Those shopping for a rugged phone might not consider the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 device, but it looks like the hugely popular smartphone just got durability as another selling point to add to its already impressive list: great display, price-performance ratio, presence of a 3.5 mm jack, dual-SIM, etc. Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, has been sharing the experience one unfortunate/fortunate (depending on how you look at it) Redmi Note 8 owner had.

It appears the Redmi Note 8 was put out on a balcony by the user’s mother, but it somehow fell from its lofty perch and smashed into the ground after an eight-floor drop (potentially over 100 ft/30 m). To add insult to injury, the stricken Xiaomi smartphone apparently landed in an unspecified body of water thus undoubtedly providing a killing blow. But the user actually found the Redmi Note 8 to be still operational and capable of being charged and with the touchscreen being usable.

However, the Redmi Note 8 was left with a “curved” display after the incident and water managed to get inside the camera module. It’s more than likely the owner will have to pick up a new smartphone at some point, but after this experience it wouldn’t be surprising if they plumped for another Redmi Note 8. The Xiaomi smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 665, 6.3-inch display, tough Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and apparently a very sturdy case.

Redmi Note 8. (Image source: Lei Jun)
Redmi Note 8. (Image source: Lei Jun)
Redmi Note 8. (Image source: Lei Jun)
Redmi Note 8. (Image source: Lei Jun)
"Curved" Redmi Note 8. (Image source: Lei Jun)
“Curved” Redmi Note 8. (Image source: Lei Jun)

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Lei Jun (Weibo – in Chinese) via XiaomiToday (in Italian)

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and Mi Mix 2S receive new MIUI 12 updates

Xiaomi has begun rolling out MIUI 12 for the European edition of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, just days after it started issuing a new Beta Stable update for the handset. The new MIUI 12 update brings European devices in line with those on the global and Indonesian branches of MIUI.

The update is called V12.0.1.0.QGGEUXM and it is rolling out to handsets now. According to a post on r/Xiaomi, the OTA is a 794 MB download and upgrades the European version of the Redmi Note 8 Pro from V11.0.3.0.QGGEUXM. Xiaomi typically rolls out updates like these in batches, so your device may not yet be eligible to upgrade to MIUI 12. However, you could try to install the recovery ROM manually by downloading it via the link below. Please note that this file is hosted on Xiaomi’s servers.

Similarly, Xiaomi has extended the rollout of MIUI 12 for the Mi Mix 2S. Previously, the OS upgrade had only reached Mi Mix 2S handsets on the China branch of MIUI, but Russian devices can now be upgraded to MIUI 12 too. The update is called V12.0.1.0.QDGRUXM and it should be rolling out as an OTA now. V12.0.1.0.QDGRUXM upgrades the Mi Mix 2S from V11.0.2.0.QDGRUXM. In terms of the global version of the Mi Mix 2S, the timing of previous global and Russian updates for the device suggests that Xiaomi will update global models before the end of this week. Again, you can download V12.0.1.0.QDGRUXM via the link below should you like to install it manually. 

V12.0.1.0.QGGEUXM is rolling out to the Redmi Note 8 Pro now. (Image source: r/Xiaomi)
V12.0.1.0.QGGEUXM is rolling out to the Redmi Note 8 Pro now. (Image source: r/Xiaomi)

Source(s) Mi Communityr/Xiaomi via Piunikaweb

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new MIUI 12 update

A new MIUI 12 update has reached the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. The update should be an encouraging sign for the handsets that remain on MIUI 11, like those on the European and Russian branches of MIUI.

Xiaomi is continuing the MIUI 12 rollout for the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Earlier this month, MIUI 12 reached the Redmi Note 8 Pro on the global and Indonesian branches of MIUI with V12.0.2.0.QGGMIXM and V12.0.1.0.QGGIDXM, respectively. Xiaomi has not rolled out its latest OS upgrade to all Redmi Note 8 Pro handsets yet, though. The Chinese company has been testing some builds on the Mi Pilot program, for example, along with the likes of the Pocophone F1.

Now, Xiaomi has begun issuing a new Beta Stable update to select Redmi Note 8 Pro handsets. According to a Mi Community post, the new update is only available for devices that have been enrolled on the Indian branch of MIUI. However, the release of a new MIUI 12 update, albeit a Beta Stable one,  is encouraging for Redmi Note 8 Pro models on other branches of MIUI. Currently, the European and Russian versions of the Redmi Note 8 Pro are yet to be upgraded to MIUI 12.

Previously, Xiaomi had tested V12.0.0.3.QGGINXM on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. That update was rolled back, but now the company has moved onto V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM. If you would like to try V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM before MIUI 12 reaches your Redmi Note 8 Pro you can download the Recovery or Fastboot ROMs via the links below.

V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM is rolling out to select handsets now. (Image source: Mi Community)
V12.0.1.0.QGGINXM is rolling out to select handsets now. (Image source: Mi Community)