Xiaomi has built a reputation for being somewhat slow in releasing Android updates to its devices and for focusing more on its custom ROM called MIUI. Because of this, Xiaomi device owners are worrying that it would take them months before they would receive the new Android Nougat update.
The Chinese technology company has not yet made an announcement as to when they would roll out Android Nougat (which is already available for certain Google Nexus devices). It also has not revealed which Xiaomi models will receive the latest Android firmware. However, several tech experts are sure that the Xiaomi Mi5, which was released just this April, will most likely get Nougat. Some believe that the Mi Note, Mi Pad 2, Redmi 3, Redmi 3S, Redmi 3A, Redmi Note 3, and Redmi 2 Prime will also receive the update.
Unfortunately, not all Xiaomi models are eligible to get Android Nougat. There have been reports that the Xiaomi Mi4 will not receive the firmware update because its processor Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 is not compatible with Android N. According to Twitter user LlabTooFer, Qualcomm will not release the graphic drivers for Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 801 CPUs, while Android Central reported that Android Nougat does not support the MSM8974 chipset. Xiaomi Mi4 isn’t the only phone affected by this, though, since many other makes and models also use Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 801 processors.
Still, this shouldn’t discourage Xiaomi device owners. There’s still a chance that Google would make adjustments later on to accommodate devices with Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 801 CPUs and allow them to download Android Nougat.
Those who want to get their hands on a Nougat-based Xiaomi device can opt for the Mi Note 2 Pro. A screenshot on Weibo has shown a device that was reportedly a Mi Note 2 Pro that was running on Android 7.0 Nougat. Xiaomi has not commented on this leaked screenshot, although the company is expected to unveil the new smartphone during an event on September 27.