Xiaomi isn’t really popular in terms of software support even when it comes to flagship phones but the company’s latest blunder goes beyond the roof. Few months ago, the Redmi Note 8 first received Android 11 in China and since then no other market has tasted the new OS. Now, after 9 months, the Redmi Note 8 is finally ready to get Android 11 in India.
To recall, Android version upgrades do not really offer much in terms of new features on Xiaomi devices. New goodies make their way through MIUI updates instead. Due to this, the Android 11 update for the Redmi Note 8 will likely not add much over the previous Android 10 build.
The update carries version number 188.8.131.52.RCOINXM and Xiaomiui reports that it is only ‘ready’ as of yet. This probably means that it has not started rolling out but will be so in the coming days. The update will only bring along a new security patch, although the month hasn’t been specified.
Also Redmi Note 8 India Stable – V184.108.40.206.RCOINXM update ready. Just security patch and Android 11 update after 9 months 😀
NOT MIUI 12.5, ONLY ANDROID 11 UPDATE. https://t.co/fNugS2T5VM
— Xiaomiui | Xiaomi & MIUI News (@xiaomiui) November 15, 2021
And as already mentioned, the update is only an Android version upgrade and it will still be based on MIUI 12 – a major bummer considering MIUI 12 + Android 11 is known to be a notorious duo plagued with bugs. The Redmi Note 8 was and always will be eligible for MIUI 12.5 but there’s still no news of when the update will be rolling out in India. Most of the other eligible devices have already been treated to the same and it’s the reason behind the hold-up is unclear.
MIUI Updates rolled out for Redmi Note 8 so far:
- [No 16, 2021]: Popular Xiaomi focused channel – Xiaomiui claims that Xiaomi will soon roll out Android 11 update for Redmi Note 8 Indian units. However, MIUI 12.5 update for the device might take some more time, so the next version is said to be 220.127.116.11.RCOINXM.
- [Jul 7, 2021]: Xiaomi has started rolling out stable Android 11 update for pilot testers in Europe, so we can expect it to roll out in India soon.
[System] Stable MIUI based on Android 11 Updated Android Security Patch to May 2021. Increased system security. [Xiaomi Cloud] New: Location info can be now reported automatically before the device is powered off.
- [Jan 28, 2021]: Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 18.104.22.168.QCOINXM with January Android security patch. The OTA update weighs just 393MB in size. [Download Link]
- [Jan 6, 2021]: Xiaomi has released Android 11 based MIUI China Beta 21.1.5 ROM for the Redmi Note 8, so there are chances that Redmi Note 8 devices in other regions might get the update in the future. [Download Link]