Xiaomi is recruiting beta testers for the Mi 9’s Android Q-based MIUI update

Android Q has been available for developers for a few months now, giving them a chance to try out Google’s newest update to Android before it rolls out for the general public. These Beta releases give them an opportunity to explore newly introduced APIs and test their apps against the changes, ensuring that everything works for the end-user when the new update finally goes public. In a similar fashion, OEMs are also provided access to the newest version of Android to allow them to begin work on rebasing their custom UX’s onto the platform update. For instance, OnePlus’s recent accidental notification push occurred when the OxygenOS team was working on Android Q, and we have even had our first look at Huawei’s EMUI 10 based on Android Q thanks to a pre-release build. Now, Xiaomi has begun recruiting beta testers for trying out MIUI based on Android Q on the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Unlike the recruitment for the Poco F1’s Android Q update wherein it was not immediately clear whether it would be an MIUI update or a Developer Preview update, the Mi 9 recruitment announcement specifically mentions that the recruitment is for an MIUI update on the new Android version. Within the application process, Xiaomi further warns that the beta update is not recommended for users who need their device for daily use, as the update is not a stable update and installed services and applications may stop working because of undocumented bugs. The update also has some currently known bugs such as reboots after enabling one-handed mode, random force closures for the camera, and unresponsive volume controls. So it is abundantly clear that the update is not intended for casual users at this stage.

Xiaomi Mi 9 XDA Forums

Xiaomi plans to roll out stable Android Q-based MIUI updates to the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 8, Mi Mix 3, Redmi K20, and Redmi K20 Pro and certain variants of these phones in Q4 2019. For the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, the update is scheduled for Q1 2020. We expect to hear more about these updates in the near future.

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