[Update: Sept. 14] Pocophone F1/Poco F1 MIUI 12 update: Here’s what we know so far
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (published on August 25, 2020) follows:
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The Pocophone F1, which was sold as ‘Poco F1’ in India, is an absolute gem, even in the ongoing year of 2020.
The device made a lot of headlines back in 2018 when it launched because it packed the then flagship chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845 with equally high-end internals while undercutting similarly spec’d devices in price by up to a third.
The Pocophone F1 launched with Android 8 Oreo out of the box and has since been updated to Android 10 with Xiaomi’sown MIUI 11 on top. The ageing beast is in line for an update to MIUI 12 and that’s probably going to be the final major update it’ll get.
So what exactly is happening? Well, the road to MIUI 12 for Pocophone F1 users has been a rather bumpy one and from the look of things, the wait is still on and will continue to be for quite a while.
MIUI 12 was expected to hit the Pocophone F1 sometime in late July, but that was never to be as the update’s rollout got postponed by a week.
The update was postponed once more and this time, the moderators were bullish, asking users to stop asking about the update and that it would roll out when it was ready.
Come August 10, we finally saw a MIUI 12 build for the Pocophone F1/Poco F1. However, this build went out to the users in the Mi Pilot program only. And even then, this turned out to be a grossly watered-down version of MIUI 12 with so many features missing.
One of the most notable features that is missing from the initial Mi Pilot Program build of Poco F1 includes the fancy Super Wallpapers.
Today, many users of the Poco F1 are stick at MIUI 11 with build number 126.96.36.199 Stable and even users who thought they could manually install the Mi Pilot Program build of MIUI 12 on their devices have struck out as that build can no longer be downloaded by non-Mi Pilot users.
Frustration is mounting, tempers are flaring as users are increasingly growing restless over the seemingly endless wait for an update to MIUI 12 for the Pocophone F1. Even as that happens, Poco Support doesn’t seem to be offering users any solace.
Hi Rahul, we do understand your concern regarding the MIUI 12 update. As of now, we do not have any information on this update please stay tuned to our social media channels.
Our team is working as fast as they can to make sure everyone gets the proper updates on time.
It remains unclear what the hold up is about. Also worth noting is that the beta testing phase is expected to last several weeks.
With two weeks down the line, it does look like the wait for MIUI 12 to roll out widely is soon coming to an end. But of course, we have no specific dates.
In other fronts, we recently got reports that the Poco F1, along with the Redmi Note 7, Note 8 Pro & more Xiaomi devices will soon get an MIUI update to uninstall Mi Browser app. More on that here.
Update 1 (August 29)
While Poco F1 is in line to receive the MIUI 12 update, the users were left in dilemma when it was reported earlier that Pocophone F1 might not get the VLOG mode with the MIUI 12 update.
An Mi community moderator has recently cleared the air stating that the call recording and Face Unlock features will remain intact on the device with MIUI 12 stable update. Read the full story here.
In the most recent development regarding the MIUI 12 update for Pocophone F1/Poco F1, an admin of the official Mi Pilot testers group on Telegram reportedly confirmed that the next update will be a beta stable update. Read the full story here.
IST: 05:40 pm
Update 2 (September 01)
IST: 01:40 pm: Presently, Mi Pilot testers who had signed up for the beta update are testing the MIUI 12 for the Pocophone F1/Poco F1. A beta tester has recently reported an overheating issue while recording a 15-20 seconds 4K 30fps video. This issue is being experience by other beta testers as well. Read the full coverage here.
Update 3 (September 02)
IST: 07:12 pm: A user recently took to Mi Community Forum asking the status of MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1. In response, a member of the feedback team said that Poco F1 Global Beta Stable rolling out to random users for testing. MIUI Global Stable ROM for the device will be released after successful, smooth and efficient performance on the MIUI 12 Beta Stable ROM.
IST: 08:48 pm: While the Pocophone F1/Poco F1 is still in the queue to be updated to the MIUI 12, a user took to Twitter enquiring the status of the update. A Poco Executive has responded that the update will be releasing very soon.
Update 4 (September 07)
IST: 11:46 am: According to a post on Reddit, it seems that Poco is developing the Poco Launcher version 3.0 based on MIUI 12. Further, a moderator on the Mi Community has also confirmed that the update will be released via the Google Play Store when it’s ready. Head here to know more.
Update 5 (September 08)
IST 02:42 pm: In response to user concerns regarding a couple of bugs on the stable build of MIUI 11 on the Poco F1, a moderator stated that the issues are being looked into and will be fixed. Since the device won’t be getting another MIUI 11-based update, the fixes may arrive alongside MIUI 12. For all the details, head here.
Update 6 (September 09)
IST 05:26 pm: It appears that Poco has begun rolling out the stable MIUI 12 update for the Pocophone F1 to a limited number of users. The update is available for MIUI 12 beta testers as version 188.8.131.52.QEJMIXM. For more details, head here.
Update 7 (September 10)
IST 02:45 pm: Poco has released a new update for the Poco Launcher. It comes as version v184.108.40.206 and brings some bug fixes and performance optimizations. No new features have been added with this update. For more details, head here.
Update 8 (September 11)
IST 01:55 pm: Poco F1 users have been reporting bugs/issues after installing MIUI 12, and it’s now coming to light that the problems will be addressed (hopefully soon). Also, the banned Chinese apps have been taken away from MIUI 12 for the Poco F1 users too. Here‘s the complete story.
Update 9 (September 14)
IST 07:18 pm: It seems that Xiaomi has finally released the MIUI 12 update for the Russian variants of the Pocphone F1. The new skin is available as version V220.127.116.11.QEJRUXM. For more details and the download link, head here.
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