[Update: Halted] Poco F1 stable late March/early April update (MIUI 10.3.4) brings Widevine L1, Game Turbo, 4K 60FPS and more!
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Poco F1 users are suffering from a weird dilemma. Pocophone, an independent subsidiary of Xiaomi, is continuously pushing new features on the beta branch, while the users on stable channel are getting impatient.
Guys! You asked for it, we got it. #POCOF1 is now Widevine L1 certified. We have started rolling out an OTA update (version – 9.2.25) for beta users . Once the beta test is complete, we shall roll it in the upcoming stable updates. We really appreciate your patience.@IndiaPOCO
— C Manmohan (@cmanmohan) February 26, 2019
Alvin Tse, the head of Pocophone Global, promised that the software development team would provide two stable channel OTA updates in March to keep up the pace.
Update: Some issues occurred with 4K 60fps testig so it won't make it into the early Mar stable (if you still want it sooner, please try beta). But we will release one more Mar stable before Mar end which will include the 4k 60fps. https://t.co/IVoeFYiixW
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) March 4, 2019
Later on, he rescheduled the update roadmap a little. Poco team surprisingly brought the Mi 9 exclusive Game Turbo in the beta channel. Incorporating it with the stable version seemed difficult without proper testing.
Quick update on the 2nd Mar Stable: It will come with Game Turbo but one feature in Game Turbo failed the testing so unfortunately release is postponed till early Apr. The dev team tries to push updates as soon as possible keeping in mind stability and quality. https://t.co/ciGeUxmekP
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) March 28, 2019
Poco fans are eagerly waiting since these announcements. Meanwhile, Xiaomi declared that the MIUI developers would take a break from April 4 to April 7 due to holiday.
The holiday of Qingming Festival is coming. During the holiday (April 4 – April 7), the schedule for updating the global beta ROM MIUI 10 will be adjusted. Please note the following information.
In a sudden twist of events, the Pocophone team has decided to push the big red button and guess what? The long awaited second update of March of Poco F1 is finally rolling out in April!
As you may notice, the version number of the newest OTA is MIUI V10.3.4.0.PEJMIXM. Compared to that, the initial March update carried the tag of V10.2.3.0.PEJMIXM.
Last time, the developers allegedly did not get time to write a proper changelog.
The dev team tried their best to rush out the stable build before the weekend (early Mar stable) that they didn't have time to write the full changelog! We clearly have more than security patch update 😉 The stable will roll out slowly to ensure no major bugs https://t.co/yCG85b3Szw
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) March 8, 2019
However this time, they just nailed it! The full changelog is way longer than you can imagine, so I’m going to highlight the significant changes:
- Widevine L1 support finally here for HD video streaming
- Game Turbo and Game Toolbox 2.0
- Face unlock support for app lock
- Numerous face unlock fixes
- [email protected] FPS support in camera, including new AI camera modes
- and tons of other goodies
Although released in April, the update still carries March 2019 security patches. Currently, the OTA is available to a relatively small crowd. The number of recipients will be increased over time.
Those who prefer to bypass the waiting queue and update manually, here is the direct download link of the full OTA update zip:
- Device: Poco F1 / Pocophone F1 Global
- Codename: beryllium
- Channel: Global Stable
- Version: V10.3.4.0.PEJMIXM
- Android: 9.0
- Type: Recovery
- Download: Link
- MD5: 13b169ae13b659df909557bd4533ef5b
As a matter of fact, Alvin did drop some hints earlier today regarding the arrival of this update. 😜
Upcoming stable coming. Please try that and let us know how that goes
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) April 4, 2019
P.S. Don’t let the “NFC shortcut in the Notification shade” part in the changelog amaze you! No, Xiaomi did not just magically bring NFC support for Poco F1 – it’s a hilarious mistake from the copywriters.
Have you got the update prompt on your Pocophone F1? Do let know by commenting below.
Update (April 16)
Xiaomi/Poco reportedly halted the rollout of this update (10.3.4.0) for Pocophone F1 in some regions due to a critical bug.
It's undergoing some extra tests as we discover a bug in some regions so maybe give it a bit more timr
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) April 12, 2019
Yep because each region has its tests and there was 1 bug that was kindof critical so some regions we haven't been able to release yet
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) April 14, 2019
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