[Update: Nov. 24] Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Android 11 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 July 14, 2020) follows:
Recently, we saw Google release Android 11 Beta 2. This build of the upcoming version of Android laid a lot of emphasis on stability and little in terms of features. With that, it is safe to say that Android 11 is almost done.
Now the question is, which devices are going to get updated to Android 11? Is your device going to get updated by your OEM to Android 11?
Simple! Since most Android OEMs commit themselves to at least two new versions of Android, most devices that came with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box should get updated to Android 11, right? Well, not exactly.
Back in mid June, we got reports that the Redmi Note 8 Pro, a solid mid-range device launched in 2019 with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, would not get updated to Android 11 after all. If the Note 8 Pro will not get updated to Android 11, what about the Redmi Note 8?
When asked by a user whether the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 would get updated to Android 11, the moderator states that there’s still no official information on the same.
As mentioned, the Redmi Note 8 was unveiled back in 2019 and it came with Android 9.0 layered with MIUI 11. Currently, the device runs Android 10-based MIUI 11 as it awaits an update to MIUI 12. It would be rather odd for Xiaomi to deny the Redmi Note 8 devices an update to Android 11 and settle for a single major version of Android.
The same predicament faces yet another Xiaomi device, the Redmi 8A. Also launched back in September 2019 with Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 11, the device is not likely to get updated to Android 11, at least according to a Mi Community moderator.
Xiaomi users know that MIUI updates are far more feature-rich than new versions of Android so maybe, Xiaomi Redmi 8A and Redmi Note 8 users might want to start asking about their device’s eligibility for the next version of MIUI.
That said, we shall continue to keep an eye out for Xiaomi’s official communication on this issue and update as and when we get more information.
Update 1 (September 4)
IST: 04:30 pm: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro are among the most popular phones from the brand. The users are in dilemma if they will be receiving Android 11 update or not and have took to Mi Community to which a Mi Forum mod responded that both devices should not be receiving the OS update. Read the full story here.
Update 2 (September 15)
IST: 12:17 pm: In response to a user’s query regarding the availability of Android 11 for the Redmi Note 8, a Mi forum moderator stated that Android 11 isn’t available officially for the Redmi Note 8. The mod didn’t divulge an ETA for the update.
Update 3 (September 22)
IST: 12:13 pm: Unfortunately, it seems that the Redmi Note 8 will not be getting Android 11 after all. This was to be expected from the beginning since the Xiaomi only pushes 1 major OS update for devices from the Redmi series. But now a moderator has also confirmed that it will not get Android 11.
Redmi Note 8 won’t get Android 11 update, You will receive Android 10, MIUI updates directly in your updater app
Update 4 (November 19)
IST: 12:35 pm: According to a support representative from the company, Xiaomi is indeed “working hard to roll out the Android 11 update soon” for the Redmi Note 8.
Xiaomi has not made any comment regarding this publicly, however, it certainly is a good sign for Redmi Note 8 users. Full coverage here.
Update 5 (November 20)
IST: 03:45 pm: Yesterday, we found out that Xiaomi is allegedly working hard to release Android 11 for the Redmi Note 8. Today, we’ve come across a comment from a Mi Community mod who has stated that the Redmi Note 8 might not get Android 11.
Of course, this has complicated matters a lot and it seems the only way forward is for Xiaomi to provide an official statement regarding whether or not it will roll out the update for the device. More details here.
Update 6 (November 24)
IST: 10:10 am: New details have surfaced online suggesting that the Android 11 update for the Redmi Note 8, Note 8T, and Note 8 Pro is currently in its internal testing phase. Head here for more details.
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