Xiaomi didn’t win any awards when Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released. That OS came out in September 2015 and, in December, the company announced it was in its final stages.
The problem was that the roll out for Marshmallow didn’t start taking place until April 2016 – several months after their December announcement.
Now, Android 7.0 Nougat is out, and it’s not known when Xiaomi is going to offer it for its devices – there’s been no news of a date. They are asking Mi 5 device users if they’d like to be Nougat beta testers. With this announcement made in November 2016, chances are Xiaomi users would not see the update by the end of 2016.
While Xiaomi appears to be focused on the Mi 5 users, it doesn’t mean the Android 7.0 Nougat won’t be available on other devices. This will depend on what Xiaomi decides to do, what type of chipset the device has installed and what the smartphone carrier is. If there is no agreement between them, chances are there won’t be Nougat offered on those devices.
Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 4, Mi 5 and Redmi 4 Prime in 2016.
- The Note 4 comes with the Helio X20 chipset
- The 4 Prime is installed with the Snapdragon 625
- The Mi 5 uses the Snapdragon 820
Each one of these devices can support the Android N, but the only confirmed device for the Nougat is the Mi 5.
Users of the Redmi Note 4 and 4 Prime will have to exercise patience when it comes to the Android Nougat update, as chances are they’re liable to get it.