Xiaomi to drop software support for some smartphones [Update: Confirmed for Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3]


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Update: Xiaomi has confirmed that it has stopped development of global MIUI ROM for Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 Pro (Redmi Note 3 in India)

Earlier: Xiaomi has a good reputation when it comes to providing the software update to devices, the company usually provides MIUI updates to devices for 4 to 5 years.  Even at the MIUI 9 Global launch, Xiaomi highlighted the fact that 5-year-old phones including Mi 2/2S will be supported for MIUI 9 Global Stable update. Last year, it dropped software support for some devices that were launched in 2015 or before, now as per a post on MIUI China Forum Xiaomi has decided to suspend MIUI China ROM updates for some of its smartphones including 2016 flagship Mi 5, and these devices will not receive MIUI 11 update.

Devices affected by the decision are:

  • Redmi Note 3 Pro (called Redmi Note 3 in India)
  • Mi 5
  • Mi 4
  • Mi 4C
  • Mi 4S

Post from MIUI China Forum admin says (translated with Google Translate),

MIUI has been updated to 395 weeks so far. At the same time as the weekly update, MIUI is also continuously optimizing the experience of each model, hoping to bring a better system experience to rice noodles.

At the same time, due to the consideration of the model release date, model activity, stability, software experience and other comprehensive factors, MIUI released the last one of Xiaomi mobile phone 5and red rice Note 3 full Netcom on November 22, 2018. MIUI 10 experience version / development version 8.11.22, the two models will no longer support subsequent version upgrades. For this part of the model, we have also prepared a stable version of the upgrade program, rice noodles can choose to continue to stay in the development version or schedule an upgrade to the subsequent MIUI 10.2 stable version (expected to be released in January).

MIUI 10.2 China Stable will be the last Stable ROM release for Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 Pro, MIUI 10.1 China Stable will be the last Stable ROM release Mi 4, Mi 4S and Mi 4C which is expected to be released in January.

Xiaomi has suspended MIUI China Beta ROM updates for these devices with immediate effect from 22nd November saying that MIUI China Beta 8.11.22 will be the update for Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 Pro, while MIUI 8.9.14 was the last MIUI China Beta update for Mi 4, Mi 4S and Mi 4C. The company has not made any such announcement regarding MIUI Global ROM for the above-mentioned devices, we will keep the post updated as soon as any information regarding Global ROM is released.

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Author: Arpit Porwal

Coming from the Mathematics research background, Arpit keeps an eye on MIUI and Xiaomi products and uses Redmi K20 Pro as his daily driver. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.