Android 11 was announced a couple of months ago. It is available for many Pixel devices, as well as recent launches such as the OnePlus 8T. Other devices, including Samsung’s and OPPO’s high ends from 2020 are testing the software, and should be launched soon, probably before 2020.
However, we have been asking ourselves which Xiaomi phones will be updated to the latest OS by Android. We say Xiaomi because it has a notable presence in the Kenyan market, and some of its customers would want to know about software support of their purchases.
The likes of OPPO and its current mid-range phone in the country, the Reno4, say that the smartphone should be receiving stable Android 11 in December. This effectively makes it perhaps the first phone that will see a software overhaul, considering Android 11 will also include ColorOS 11. Later on, the excellent Reno3 will follow.
Xiaomi has since released a list of devices that are slated to receive Android 11. The announcement follows a reveal that the devices are already undergoing tests for the new software.
The same list also features Xiaomi phones that will not be updated to Android 11.
So, let’s start with those (that will not receive Android 11):
- Redmi Note 8, Note 8 Pro, Note 8T
- Redmi Note 7, Note 7 Pro, Note 7S
- Redmi 8, 8A, 8A Dual
- Xiaomi CC9e
The following phones have their Android 11 beta tests nearing the end. So, they should be updated quite soon:
- Xiaomi Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T Lite
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
- Xiaomi-Mi 9T Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 Pro, Mi 9 SE, Mi 9 Lite;
- Xiaomi CC9
- Xiaomi-Mi A3
- Redmi K30, Redmi K30s, Redmi K20 Pro, K20 Premium
- Redmi 10X, 10X Pro
- Redmi-Note 9s, Redmi Note 9 Pro
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Global
- Redmi-9 Global, Redmi 9 Prime
- Redmi 9
- Redmi 9C, Redmi 9A
- Poco C3
- Poco X3 NFC
- Poco-M2 Pro
- Black Shark 2, 2 Pro, 3, 3S, 3 Pro.
Furthermore, the open Android 11 beta can be downloaded for the following devices:
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth, Lite Zoom
- Xiaomi-Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro
- Xiaomi CC9 Pro
- Redmi K30, K30 5G, K30i 5G, Redmi K30 Racing Edition
- Poco X2
- Redmi K20
- Xiaomi Mi 9T
Lastly, these are Xiaomi phones that have been updated to Android 11 already:
- Xiaomi Mi 10/10 Pro
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Poco F2 Pro
Of course, the list is comprehensive and has some devices that some of you may not have heard of before. This is because the company builds different SKUs of the same phone for different markets. Some have slight adjustments to meet user demands of features that are requested most by a given demographic.
It is also possible that some Kenya users have some of the devices mentioned above thanks to third party retailers that bring them here, even with the presence of a Xiaomi Kenya office.