[Update: Sep. 17] Xiaomi Android 12 update tracker: List of eligible or supported devices, release date, & more
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…
Original story (published on Marh 25, 2021) follows:
Android 12 was announced in February 2021 for developers. Google will be releasing several updates to the developer preview channel before making the OS available for public beta testing.
Like others before it, Android 12 beta is expected to go public in Q2. Of course, there’s still no exact date, but you can expect it somewhere around May 2021.
The past couple or so Android iterations saw Xiaomi and other non-Google vendors join the testing program around this time. And we expect nothing different come this May.
Whether Samsung will finally take part in the early Android 12 beta testing instead of waiting until later in the year to begin one of its own still remains a mystery.
But what seems certain is Xiaomi making the early Android 12 build available for some of its premium devices so that app developers can get down to business.
Nothing is official at this point, but our history with covering Xiaomi software updates gives us an edge, meaning we are in a position to predict some things regarding the company’s Android 12 update plans.
Xiaomi Android 12 update eligible devices
Xiaomi is arguably the most active Android vendor when it comes to releasing new devices as well as software development.
On top of unveiling a new device just about every month, Xiaomi also rolls out daily and weekly updates to devices sold in China via its MIUI beta testing program.
The huge device repository is good and all for racking in more money, but it becomes a problem when software development comes into the picture. On the brighter side, Xiaomi is no slouch on this front.
As far as Android 12 update is concerned, there’s a long list of devices we think Xiaomi will be upgrading to the new OS when the time comes.
For now, though, nothing is confirmed. But we can tell you for sure that all Xiaomi devices that come pre-installed with Android 11 are indeed eligible for an update to Android 12.
That said, the contents of this article are a result of studying past patterns and history of Xiaomi Android OS updates that we have been keeping tabs on for years. We will update the article when official info comes out.
1. Xiaomi’s Mi series of devices receive two major Android OS updates.
2. The Redmi Note series used to get one OS update, but things seem to have changed beginning with the Redmi Note 8 series.
3. The budget Redmi series (non-Note) only gets one OS update.
4. Poco is now an independent brand, you can check out Android 12 status for Poco devices here.
With that out of the way, below are Xiaomi devices (Mi and Redmi) we think are guaranteed an upgrade to Android 12 update officially.
– Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra*
– Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro*
– Xiaomi Mi 11
– Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
– Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
– Xiaomi Mi 10S
– Xiaomi Mi 10
– Xiaomi Mi 10i
– Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite
– Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite Zoom
– Xiaomi Mi 10T
– Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
– Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
– Xiaomi Mi Note 10
– Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
– Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
– Redmi K40
– Redmi K40 Pro
– Redmi K40 Pro+ (Ultra)
– Redmi K30
– Redmi K30 Pro
– Redmi K30 Pro Zoom
– Redmi K30 Ultra
– Redmi K30S
– Redmi K30 5G
– Redmi K30i 5G
– Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (India/Global)
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
As noted earlier, Xiaomi may have changed its software update policy with regards to the Redmi Note series. The Note 8 and Note 8 Pro have recently received their second OS update to Android 11.
If this is the new trend, it means devices in the Redmi Note 9 series are also in line for their second OS update to Android 12. Granted, these devices should get the nod:
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (Helio G85)
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 4G (SDM 662)
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 5G
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (India/Global)
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S
With Xiaomi still expected to continue releasing plenty of other Android 11-powered phones, the list of eligible devices will grow even further in the coming days.
That means this article will see regular updates from time to time whenever we have new arrivals. We’ll also keep track of other Xiaomi Android 12 update developments and update this story so stay tuned.
Expected release date
As noted, Xiaomi has been a mainstay in Google’s recent early beta testing programs, however, the official rollout of the stable OS usually takes months to begin.
Granted, the same is likely to be the case, where early Android 12 builds might be released in Q2 before the public beta follows soon after Google releases the stable version for Pixels in late August or early September.
We will be keeping an eye on this development and continuously update this article as and when we have news. Stay tuned.
Update 1 (May 18)
06:30 pm (IST): The Android 12 Beta 1 update has gone live for the Mi 11 and Mi 11X series. For information on what bugs you can expect with it, head here.
Update 2 (May 21)
05:11 pm (IST): Google is purportedly bringing a change with Android 12 where OEMs will be obligated to make Pictures/Screenshots the default directory for storing screenshots as opposed to Xiaomi’s current implementation where screenshots are stored in DCIM folder.
This should solve the issue of screenshots getting backed up automatically to Google Photos along with the images from the camera roll.
Update 3 (July 14)
03:26 pm (IST): As per a report, Android 12 update testing has now started for the Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10T, and Mi 10 Ultra, likely in China. Details here.
Update 4 (July 16)
03:20 pm (IST): A Mi Community mod says that an Android 12 update for the Xiaomi Redmi 9 is possible given Xiaomi’s update policy of 2 Android upgrades.
Update 5 (July 17)
01:35 pm (IST): A refreshed list shared by a popular Xiaomi-dedicated group on Telegram suggests that the Poco M2 won’t get the Android 12 update. Further, it indicates that Xiaomi has begun internal testing for the Mi 10 series and Mi 10T devices.
Apart from that, it alleges that the Redmi 9T/Power will get the Android 12 update. Prior to this, the list indicated that the Poco M2 will get the update and the Redmi 9T or 9 Power were unconfirmed.
Update 6 (July 30)
05:37 pm (IST): Android 12 update internal testing for the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro aka Poco F2 has reportedly started in China. Head here for details.
Update 7 (July 31)
05:27 pm (IST): The MIUI 13 update has allegedly been delayed due to Android 12 internal testing, as per this report. It is unconfirmed info though so take it with a pinch of salt.
Update 8 (August 05)
06:20 pm (IST): As per a report, the Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, and Redmi K40 Pro (Mi 11X Pro) will allegedly get Android 12-based MIUI beta updates soon, and here‘s all you need to know.
Update 9 (August 07)
01:07 pm (IST): As per multiple reports on Twitter, Xiaomi is now accepting applications for MIUI Android 12 beta testing in China for at least 2 devices including the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and the Mi 11. No builds have been made available yet and it’s all at the pre-registration stage at the moment.
Update 10 (August 27)
04:50 pm (IST): The Android 12 update layered atop with MIUI 12.5 is currently rolling out for the Xiaomi Mi 11. Of course, it’s a Chinese beta at the moment, so expect bugs. To download, click here.
Update 11 (August 30)
05:41 pm (IST): Android 12 internal testing has now begun for midrangers starting with the Poco X3 Pro and Redmi Note 8 2021. The Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Lite are eligible for the update too. Head here to know more.
Update 12 (September 03)
12:21 pm (IST): As Android 12 continues to be the talk of the town in the Android streets, users of the Redmi K40 Pro are an excited bunch as there is now an Android 12 Beta ROM they could try out. However, this is a China ROM. Download that here.
Update 13 (September 06)
05:29 pm (IST): Xiaomi Android 12 public beta may be starting soon as closed beta has been temporarily suspended for Mi 11 series and Redmi K40 Pro (Mi 11X Pro) due to “the major version upgrade of Android.” Head here for the full story.
Update 14 (September 07)
04:42 pm (IST): Android 12 internal testing has now started for Xiaomi 11T Pro, Redmi Note 10 Pro/Max, Redmi 10, and Mi 11 Lite 4G/NE in China. Head here to know more.
Update 15 (September 11)
07:10 pm (IST): Android 12 internal testing in China has now started for the Redmi Note 10 and Poco F3 GT as well. Head here for details.
Update 16 (September 17)
04:18 pm (IST): Xiaomi has released another Android 12-based closed beta update for the Redmi K40 Pro/Pro+/Mi 11i/Mi 11X Pro, Mi 11 Ultra/Pro, and Mi 11 in China. A public beta can be expected shortly. More details here.
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