Two and a half months after the launch of Google's new mobile OS, Android 11 is finally available for the first Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones: here's what they are and how to install the new operating system
For Xiaomi and Redmi it's time for updates, even of a certain weight: the time would be ripe for the update on the stable version of Android 11, dedicated to the highest-end devices, namely Xiaomi Mi 10 and Redmi K30 5G. The new version of the operating system will continue to support the interface of the Chinese company, namely MIUI 12, released last April.
Android 11 is not a complete novelty for Xiaomi, since last September the Chinese manufacturer had already started a pilot program for the update of its devices, thus giving a taste in advance. In fact, right during that period, some devices had the opportunity to touch a limited version of MIUI 12, based on the latest release of the green robot operating system. The Mi and Redmi smartphones included in the program have thus been joined by models of the Google Pixel series, the only one to have fully benefited from the update, and some specimens of OnePlus and OPPO.
Android 11 on Xiaomi Mi 10
The update, as far as Xiaomi Mi 10 is concerned, is of particular importance only for the versions dedicated to markets outside of China. In fact, if for China the update had already been released, for all the others the time has been significantly delayed, except for a group of early adopters who received a stable Global version already last September.
The V188.8.131.52.RJBMIXM build, instead, is the first one dedicated to all the users of this smartphone model. The release, made available only in the last few hours and already ready for installation for the first users, is a beta stable characterized by a size of 2.8 GB, also includes the security patches released during the last month of October is codenamed "umi".
Android 11 on Redmi K30 5G
Dedicated exclusively to the Chinese market, unlike its European twin with 4G/LTE connectivity called POCO X2 which is still waiting for a dedicated version of the operating system, the Redmi K30 5G smartphone is the other model for which a stable update to Android version 11 has been planned.
For the K30 5G, the newly released software version is V184.108.40.206.RGICNXM, codenamed "picasso". Again, this is a beta stable, as a result it may require additional permissions for installation.
Android 11 and MIUI 12, what does beta stable mean
As previously mentioned, both releases have been marked as beta stable. What does this mean? According to Xiaomi's update policy, in order to install these versions of the operating system on their smartphones, an authorization may be required, to be advanced through your personal Mi account.
Once recognized as permanently stable, Xiaomi can choose to remove that process, or continue to release beta stable with new fixes related to bugs found during use.