Pocophone F1 / Poco F1 Android 10 update is here, but not from Xiaomi

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The stable version of Android 10 has finally landed on Google Pixel phones. In fact, Essential Phone and Redmi K20 Pro owners also got the taste of the 10th anniversary edition of Android on the same day. But what about the sensational Pocophone F1? What could be the reason behind the delay?

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Xiaomi even recruited volunteers for testing Android Q (10) based MIUI on Poco F1 back in June

While Mi 9 and the regular Redmi K20 already received Android 10 via weekly beta build of MIUI, there is no such public software update for the Pocophone F1 yet. We know that the phone is a part of the Mi Pilot program, but it is nothing but another invitation based closed pilot testing.

However, Poco F1 owners can still get the experience of Android 10 on their phones right now – thanks to the Potato Open Sauce Project aka POSP. The lead developer of POSP, Kshitij Gupta (@Agent_fabulous), not only booted stock Android 10 on Pocophone F1, but also made it surprisingly stable!

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Basic functionalities, like calling (including VoLTE), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (hotspot too), camera, GPS etc. are working without any hiccup. Fingerprint reader, however, is reportedly broken for some users. Please refer to the following list for more details:

– Boot : Working
– GApps : Need SAR recovery or patched GApps
– Bluetooth : Working
– WiFi : Working
– WiFi Hotspot : Working
– USB Tethering : Working
– RIL – Phone – Data : Working
– VoLTE : Working
– GPS : Working
– Camera – Camcorder: Working
– Sensors : Working
– Audio : Working
– Media Playback : Working
– Kernel : CheeseCream; working
– Offline Charging : Working
– USB : Working
– Encryption : Broken
– Fingerprint : Broken for some
– SELinux : Permissive

Of course you should not expect your banking apps will run flawlessly on this build, but hey! The phone is meant for tinkering. Users can access full navigational features, system-wide dark mode and September security patches in this unofficial update. FYI, the stable MIUI for Poco F1 is still stuck with July patch level.

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For more information, please refer to the relevant XDA thread. If you like to be a part of bleeding edge development on Poco F1, do take part in the discussion and submit bug reports to the developer. Happy flashing!

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Android 10’s Gesture navigation on Pocophone F1
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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.