Xiaomi rolls out a test build of the Android 12 Update for the Mi 11 and Redmi K40 series

Oct 7, 2021
Mobile Computing

Windows 11 isn't the only operating system that debuted this week, Android 12 was released to AOSP on Monday. Though unlike the desktop OS, the stable version of the mobile firmware isn't technically available for any devices yet.

Android 12 Update for Xiaomi devices

Even Pixel phones haven't gotten the update, though Google says it will release it in a few weeks. Xiaomi shared a message on Weibo, to announce that it has begun rolling out a test version of the official Android 12 Update for some of its devices, in China.

First Xiaomi and Redmi phones to get the Android 12 Update

The company's Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, and Mi 11 are the first phones that will be updated to Android 12. All three handsets had participated in the Android 12 Beta program, so it is not really surprising that these phones are ahead of other devices in the list. Xiaomi's subsidiary, Redmi, is also bringing the new OS to its flagships namely, the Redmi K40 Pro and the Redmi K40 Pro Plus. According to the announcement, users who participated in the beta program for Android 12 can directly update to the stable version. That's pretty impressive, especially considering that Xiaomi has been criticized in the past for its slow updates.

Android 12 Update for Redmi phones

An ETA for the release of the stable version has not yet been announced, typically it takes a few weeks or a month for the testing process to be completed. After it has been made certain that the software is devoid of major bugs, the OS is pushed to the stable channel in phases. It is worth mentioning that these are the Chinese variants of the devices which will get the Android 12 Update first, once that is out of the way, Xiaomi is likely to bring its software to global variants.

There are a couple of notable absentees in that list, the Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro and the Mi 11i. As noted by GSMArena, these devices which were also a part of the beta program, are rebranded variants of the Redmi K40 Pro, so the global versions of the phones are very likely to get the update in the future. Don't worry if your device is not among the list of eligible phones that will get the Android 12 Update. It's still very early to tell which handsets are in the company's roadmap, so please wait for the official word regarding that.

Speaking of which, Xiaomi is also pushing MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition (based on Android 11) for its devices, including the Xiaomi 11 series. The custom firmware brings some performance related features to improve the longevity of the phones.

Other OEMs have started outlining plans for updating their devices to the latest iteration of the mobile operating system. Samsung is currently working on the 2nd beta version of One UI 4, OnePlus and Oppo are testing their new mash up of ColorOS + OxygenOS, and Realme is set to introduce Realme UI 3.0 next week.

Google is set to announce the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on October 19th, and will host the Android Developer Summit 2021 from October 27th to 28th. Word on the internet is that we can expect to hear about the official Android 12 roll out for the Pixel phones during the event, and perhaps an announcement about Android 12.1 too.

The Mi 11 and Redmi K40 series are the first of Xiaomi's devices to get the Android 12 Update
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The Mi 11 and Redmi K40 series are the first of Xiaomi's devices to get the Android 12 Update
Xiaomi is preparing to release the Android 12 Update for the Mi 11 and Redmi K40 series. A test build of the official release is currently available for early adopters.
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