New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on May 9, 2020) follows:
One of the most exciting parts about owning a smartphone is the prospect of it getting updated at some point in its life. This is exciting because most often than not, your device learns a few new tricks and gains a few more features.
True, you can get new features and little tweaks and improvements with the regular updates and patches but nothing beats a whole Operating System upgrade. Since September 2019, more and more devices have been receiving an update to Android 10 and many OEMs, from Samsung to Realme and even Xiaomi have all been rolling out the same to their devices.
Recently, we got word that Android 10 was not coming to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, much to the dismay of hopeful owners of the Snapdragon 855-powered device from 2019.
Disappointed by this move, a section of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G users are turning to Change.org in a bid to petition Xiaomi to develop and build an Android 10 firmware for their devices.
At the time of writing, a whopping 1044 users had signed this petition, edging it closer and closer to its 1500 target mark. The users who have signed this petition are struggling to understand what inspired the company’s move.
Xiaomi’s decision to abandon the flagship smartphone of the premium MI MIX series is extremely disrespectful to their users. The flagship MI MIX 3 5G still works on MIUI 10 and Android 9. All smartphones of the MI, MI MIX and REDMI line from the update list received their MIUI 11 in 2019, except for our flagship MI MIX 3 5G. It is not right.
The Mi Mix 3 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 855, which remains a solid silicon even today, a year since its launch. Other devices like the Poco F1 launched back in 2018 with Snapdragon 845 have received Android 10 builds so denying the Mi Mix 3 5G does not make sense, at least to a layman.
We can only hope that Xiaomi obliges to this petition. We shall keep an eye on this campaign and update accordingly.
Update 1 (July 24)
It appears that the petition has had no effect on Xiaomi’s decision to drop the Android 10 update for the Mi MIX 3 5G. In an email via Xiaomi’s customer support shared by a Redditor, it appears there will be no Android 10 for the device.
However, Xiaomi may release MIUI 12 based on Android 9 Pie for the Mi MIX 3 5G by the end of October 2020. See the full story here.
NOTE: We have these and many more Xiaomi stories in our dedicated Xiaomi section.
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