New Redmi 6 Pro update brings July security patch; Redmi Y1, Y1 Lite get June OTA as well

Once upon a time, a well-known Chinese Android OEM named Xiaomi developed a crush on a particular SoC from Qualcomm. That highly energy efficient SoC was Snapdragon 625 – a 14 nm package with eight A53 cores and Adreno 506 graphics.

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Redmi Note 4: One of the earliest Xiaomi phones to feature SD625 platform

The US based chipmaker announced the Snapdragon 625 back in 2016, and Xiaomi is probably the only OEM to use it on eight (yes, you read that right) different phones till 2018.

Phones were launched with Android Marshmallow on board (example: Redmi Note 4) on the same platform, which now runs Android Pie (example: Mi A2 Lite). Aftermarket developers even ported Linux kernel 4.9 on top the default 3.18 one for long term support.

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Mi A2 Lite

Talking about Mi A2 Lite (codename: daisy), it is the Android One cousin of Redmi 6 Pro (codename: sakura). Both devices are virtually identical, but the partition scheme (A/B vs A-only) and OS skin (Android One vs MIUI) are the differentiating factors.

Xiaomi accidentally leaked a Android Pie based MIUI build for Redmi 6 Pro in January, and properly rolled out the update in the form of MIUI 10.3.2.0 along with May security patch in mid-June.

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Redmi 6 Pro

The Chinese OEM decided to skip one month, as they are now distributing the July security patch with plenty of new software features to the Redmi 6 Pro. The semi-functional dark mode introduced with Pie update is also present in this new OTA update.

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The complete changelog of this MIUI 10.3.3.0 build for Redmi 6 Pro is as follows:

System

– Optimization: Updated Android Security Patch to July 2019. Increased system security.

Lockscreen, status bar, Notification shade

– New: Introducing customizable Lock screen clock (Settings > Lock screen & password > Advanced settings). New Lock screen clock doesn’t work with third party themes.

– Fix: Media volume couldn’t be restored after receiving a notification

Settings

– Optimization: Sorting principles for Wi-Fi networks

Game speed booster

– Fix: Hands-free call duration wasn’t displayed correctly in Game Turbo

Mi Cloud

– Optimization: Improved sync across multiple devices

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The incremental update is quite large (468 MB) and it is now gradually rolling out across different regions. If you want to skip the queue, download the full update package from the following link and install manually.

  • Device: Redmi 6 Pro
  • Codename: sakura
  • Channel: Global (India) Stable
  • Version: V10.3.3.0.PDMMIXM
  • Android: 9.0
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: e632cbefd0e57e92c97f998975c0c0c1

On another note, both Redmi Y1 (also known as Redmi Note 5A Prime) and Redmi Y1 Lite (also known as Redmi Note 5A) are now receiving June 2019 security patches in the form of MIUI 10.3.1.0.

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Redmi Y1

Both of these phones got their last update back in February, so the gap is quite huge. Xiaomi engineers also bundled a number of fixes and new features in the new updates.

System

– Updated Android Security Patch to June 2019. Increased system security.

Phone

– Fix: Ending calls took longer time than expected

Contacts

– Fix: Contacts couldn’t be deleted from SIM cards in some cases

Lockscreen, status bar, Notification shade

– New: Introducing customizable Lock screen clock (Settings > Lock screen & password > Advanced settings). New Lock screen clock doesn’t work with third party themes.

– Optimization: Readjusted sensitive areas for the dots in the unlock pattern

– Fix: Status bar shortcut and floating notification for calls appeared at the same time

– Fix: Sync page couldn’t be refreshed whenever sync was turned on or off in the Notification shade

– Fix: Media volume couldn’t be restored after receiving a notification

Settings

– Optimization: Big fonts are displayed better now (Redmi Y1 Lite/Note 5A only)

Mi Cloud

– Optimization: We redesigned Mi Cloud’s start page. It looks much better now!

– Optimization: Improved sync across multiple devices

The base Android version is still based on Android Nougat though. Judging from the update frequency, the phone duo likely won’t get any major Android version update anymore. ?

  • Device: Redmi Y1 / Redmi Note 5A Prime
  • Codename: ugg
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: V10.3.1.0.NDKMIXM
  • Android: 7.1
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 060f945975f7f7b501e565bfba2f7573
  • Device: Redmi Y1 Lite / Redmi Note 5A
  • Codename: ugglite
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: V10.3.1.0.NDFMIXM
  • Android: 7.1
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 5cc670a8f98061c001f3c0892ba1b46d

Entire Credit goes to yshalsager and the Xiaomi Firmware Updater project for tracking the OTA update URLs.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.