We’ve always said it, and we would like to say it again: Things change very rapidly in smartphone industry. One year ago who could imagine that a Chinese smartphone manufacturer will create such a huge stir in India, where “Chinese” is a synonym of “cheap.” With such a ‘cheap’ image in the mind of customers, it becomes tough to win them; especially in a short amount of time. But guys at Xiaomi turned things around very quickly. They’re doing a great job of launching awesome devices with powerful hardware specs at low prices in India, and as a result they’ve become a point of concern even for bigger players.
But it doesn’t mean that there’re only “bells and whistles” in Xiaomi’s smartphones. There’re some major disappointments too, and perhaps the biggest common disappointment that all Xiaomi smartphones launched in India have is outdated software. Today world’s going for Android L, but most Xiaomi users are still stuck on Jelly Bean.
However, things may start changing soon. According to a recent post on MIUI forum, Xiaomi is beta testing the MIUI6 update based on Android KitKat and Lollipop OS for many devices. The post states that most Redmi devices will receive the MIUI6 update based on Android 4.4 KitKat while Redmi 1S 3G WCDMA/CDMA may directly receive the update based on Lollipop (to be confirmed), due to which its waiting period will be a bit longer. The timeline given in post reveals when each of the devices being updated will receive the update notification.
According to post, the Android 4.4 based MIUI6 update for Redmi 1S 4G has already been rolled out while Redmi Note 3G will receive the KitKat based update from 13th January 2015. Redmi 1S 3G will get the update from the beginning of Feb 2015 and Redmi 1 from Mid Feb 2015. Since Redmi 1S 3G W/C may directly receive update based on Lollipop, its waiting time will be longer and it’ll receive the update sometime in the end of March 2015. Other devices like Mi2, Mi 2A and 2S will start receiving Lollipop based update from the end of January 2015.
Unfortunately, the post says in the end that timeline mentioned there is applicable to Chinese versions of devices only because the ROMs mentioned in timeline refer to China ROM and not to global ROM. There’s still no word on when Indian users will be able to enjoy the updates, but we can hope that after China Xiaomi’s second focus will be on India because of rapid adoption of company’s devices in the country.