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
Latest update increases Poco F1 charging time, fails to fix screen freeze issues
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Designing a powerful smartphone is not about slapping some hardware components altogether. We often see that poor software ruins a capable device. Xiaomi did the same mistake before, with the original Mi Pad.
Released in 2014, the first Mi Pad came with the same NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset used in Google’s Nexus 9. However, Xiaomi failed to deliver even one major Android version upgrade to the ill-fated device which was stuck with KitKat forever.
Well, the Chinese OEM improved themselves over time.
With Poco F1, Xiaomi strategically broke the boundaries and was actually able to ship a device with near flagship specs under the mid-range budget. The update history of the Pocophone F1 is surprisingly opulent for a mid-ranger.
With the continuous flow of OTA updates, the phone got numerous new features like the Widevine L1 certification for HD streaming, [email protected] recording support, a dedicated Game Turbo mode and tons of other fixes.
As a matter of fact, Xiaomi initially decided to push two major updates for the Poco F1 via stable channel in March. They did deliver the first one (V10.2.3.0.PEJMIXM) on time, but had to delay the second build a bit to incorporate major changes.
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 #MiFan (@atytse) March 28, 2019
On April 4, the second major update with the version number V10.3.4.0.PEJMIXM got live. The new software update accumulated most of the previous beta features in it. It also featured March 2019 security patch level.
Good News! We have started rolling out a new stable update for all our #POCOF1 fans. Key highlights of this update:— C Manmohan (@cmanmohan) April 4, 2019
- 4k recording at 60FPS
-Game Turbo Mode
-Widevine L1 support
-Latest security patch
After a week long staged rollout, Xiaomi finally pushed the red button a day ago for a broader public rollout. However, multiple users have complained about longer charge time/slow charging as well as screen freezing issues on this particular build.
Charging time increased and charging became very slow after recent update that is 10.3.4.0
The frequency of the reports on prolonged charging time and/or fast charging not working has become so large that Alvin Tse (head of Pocophone Global) has to officially acknowledge the glitch.
Charging time we got some Feedback so that's logged but for battery, most have said it has improved by quite a lot. Any particular apps drain more?— Alvin Tse #MiFan (@atytse) April 11, 2019
Battery issue has been filed. For Colored dots, please file issue through Feedback— Alvin Tse #MiFan (@atytse) April 11, 2019
The screen freezing issue is also at large, as users suspect some specific touch panels are responsible for the bug.
Make a beautiful tshirt with TOUCH FREEZE ISSUE IS MY LIFE. It will be the best seller. So disappointing with nvts touch panel. You have ignored and abandoned us. Sad poco f1. 95%indians has NVT TOUCH PANEL— Rahul Dcosta (@iamrahulx11x) April 9, 2019
I’ve got fts and it sucks, no matter what miui version so far, even the most recent, touch sucks so much. Ghost touches, laying flat missing most touches, major lag with 3 fingers or more, sucks.
Do you guys know if I order a new screen from my local xiaomi repair shop if they know which version they get?
According to Alvin, they will include a fix for this screen freezing bug in upcoming beta:
You are talking about screen freeze yes? We are putting a fix in beta in the next two weeks. Please update to beta then— Alvin Tse #MiFan (@atytse) April 6, 2019
We're trying a screen freeze fix in Beta so that would help if you're experiencing that.— Alvin Tse #MiFan (@atytse) April 8, 2019
The latest beta (9.4.11) of Poco F1 has already been uploaded in the Xiaomi OTA servers, but broader rollout has not been started yet.
- Device: Poco F1 / Pocophone F1
- Codename: beryllium
- Channel: Global (India) Beta
- Version: 9.4.11
- Android: 9.0
- Type: Recovery
- Download: Link
- MD5: c6502f39083ce3dd64c8bea58d836f50
- Type: Recovery
It may be possible for you to get warning about beta enrolment while trying to flash the build manually, as Xiaomi has yet to mark this particular update for general users.
In that case, you can force it to install via TWRP. Unfortunately, further details of the procedure is out of the scope of this article.
If you’re already on the beta channel and have got the update prompt, do flash and let us know about the touch experiences and incidents of screen freezing.
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