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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 184.108.40.206 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 220.127.116.11.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 v18.104.22.168 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 V22.214.171.124.QEJRUXM. For more details and the download link, head here.
Update 10 (October 03)
IST 10:13 am: The stable MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1 is yet to be released to all users. Naturally, this has led to many users becoming frustrated with Xiaomi and are demanding the company to begin the wider rollout. Full story here.
Update 11 (October 06)
IST 06:21 pm: It seems Xiaomi has not added the ‘Hide full screen indicator’ option with the MIUI 12 update for Poco devices. Whether this is an oversight or intentional decision is not known yet. See the full story here.
Update 12 (October 09)
IST 12:27 pm: Recent developments indicate that Poco has released a new MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1/Pocophone F1. But it seems that the update is available to a limited number of users. More details here.
Update 13 (October 14)
IST 10:26 am: Xiaomi has finally started rolling out the stable MIUI 12 update for the Pocophone F1 on a wider scale for global units. Head here for more details.
IST 02:12 pm: Poco’s General Manager for India, C Manmohan, has confirmed via a Twitter post, that the MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1 has indeed begun rolling out in batches.
Update 14 (October 15)
IST 02:07 pm: New reports indicate that the recent MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1 has still not fixed the overheating problem while recording 4K videos. Users have also spotted a few other bugs. To know more, head here.
IST 06:36 pm: The latest MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1 in India has removed pre-installed applications such as the Mi Browser that have been banned in the country. More on this here.
Update 15 (October 16)
IST 01:55 pm: Even though Xiaomi has had a lot of time to iron out any bugs and issues from the MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1, it seems that has not been the case. Head here for the list of reported bugs introuduced by the update to MIUI 12 on the device.
Update 16 (October 19)
IST 04:07 pm: Many users have not received the MIUI 12 update on the Poco F1 and are beginning to raise questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) about it. Well, the update is rolling out in batches as we mentioned earlier.
Therefore, it may take a few more days or even weeks before it arrives on your unit. Most OEMs push software updates in batches to avoid any major bugs and issues being spread across all devices.
Update 17 (October 22)
IST 01:38 pm: Many Poco F1 users are still waiting for Xiaomi to release the MIUI 12 update. According to new developments, it’s possible that the update has been delayed due to bugs. To know more, head here.
Update 18 (October 27)
IST 11:56 am: Tired of waiting for the MIUI 12 OTA update on your Poco F1? Well, you can now manually download and install the update via the official Fastboot and Recovery ROMs for the device. Head here to know more.
Update 19 (October 28)
IST 10:11 am: The MIUI 12 update is out for the Poco F1 but some users are not happy about the fact that the option to edit slow-motion videos is missing. Head here to know why that’s the case.
Update 20 (November 10)
IST 02:42 pm: The YouTube application has been removed from the MIUI 12 App Vault on the Poco F1. According to a mod, this was done due to some bugs and it’s not clear whether YouTube will be added again. Full story here.
Update 21 (November 16)
IST 11:12 am: Poco F1, amongst other Xiaomi phone users with an Airtel connection in India are reporting that their device goes into a continuous bootloop. Xiaomi and Airtel are working to resolve the issue and have also provided a temporary fix. More details here.
Update 22 (November 25)
IST 01:50 pm: Recent developments indicate that the Poco F1, aka Pocophone F1, might get the Android 11 update. However, these developments come from unofficial sources and thus must be taken with a pinch of salt. More details here.
Update 23 (November 26)
IST 02:00 pm: It has been a while since Poco rolled out the MIUI 12 update for the Poco F1 (Pocophone F1) and many have mixed thoughts about the skin. Head here to share your opinion on the MIUI 12 update for the device.
Update 24 (December 02)
IST 06:55 pm: New developments suggest that the Poco Launcher Android 10 gestures and animations are currently being worked upon and are being tested internally. Head here for more details.
Update 25 (January 12, 2021)
IST 03:24 pm: A new incremental MIUI 12 update is live for Poco F1 users as version 126.96.36.199.QEJMIXM, up from the initial version 188.8.131.52.QEJMIXM, but with a rather strange changelog:
– Removed: Updated Android Security Patch to October 2020. Increased system security.
Below is the official download link for manual installation:
- Device: Poco F1/Pocophone F1
- Codename: beryllium
- Channel: Global (India) Stable
- Version: 184.108.40.206.QEJMIXM
- Android: 10
- Type: Recovery
- Download: Link
- MD5: cf3fccffcec70ec1cf9998f631965a7e
- Type: Recovery
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