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No More MIUI Beta Updates for Budget Xiaomi Smartphones

Xiaomi today announced that it is changing its strategy for the rollout of MIUI beta updates. The company will no longer provide beta updates for the entry-level Redmi smartphones. The new changes will come in to effect from July 5th. However, none of these changes will affect the stable update for all its smartphones. Talking about the entry-level devices, we don’t think the company will exclude the Redmi Note lineup from the list of devices eligible for MIUI beta development. The device like the Redmi 7 and Redmi 7A will no longer get beta updates from next month.

The company will also give less priority to the devices which are older than a year. Even the flagship smartphones will be limited to just stable updates a year after its launch. Xiaomi also mentioned that it will inform the beta testers in 3 months advance if they are stopping the beta support for that particular device. The change in strategy is announced through the Chinese MIUI forum which will affect the Xiaomi and Redmi devices in China. While there is no follow up by the MIUI global team, we think the rules will apply for the global variants as well.

A majority of the OEMs are now promising to offer up to 2 years of major OS updates and regular security patch updates for their smartphones. Last month, Xiaomi confirmed that the last year’s entry-level smartphones Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A will not be updated to Android 9.0 Pie. The company cited the lack of beta testers as the reason for the canceling the major Android update. Xiaomi also suggested the users who are using the MIUI beta version to change to the stable version for a smoother experience. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!

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