Thursday was a good day for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 users. According to a forum post made by the smartphone manufacturer itself, those who own the model will be able to soon upgrade their operating system version to Android 6.0 Marshamallow, which is great news.
With Android 7.0 and 7.1 Nougat already out for multiple devices, being two generations of Android behind couldn’t have felt good. Getting Marshmallow up and running is the first step in the right direction for the Redmi Note 3.
Among the drives that are getting access to the latest Android version we can find Xiaomi as well. The issue here is the fact that the Redmi Note 3 model is what people would call a mid range handset. That means it is either very down the priority list or not on the list at all when it comes to getting Android Nougat.
Still, it’s a good enough unit to justify leaving Android Lollipop behind and getting a coat of fresh paint even though it’s not the freshest paint.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 user base will not get a stripped down version of Android 6.0 Marshamllow, but a custom one in terms of the user interface used. Xiaomi’s own interface, or custom skin if you want to call it, will be added to the mix.
On top of the original Android experience Xiaomi will place the MIUI 8 skin. MIUI has seen mixed reviews over its iterations but now seems more appealing than ever with a more refined feel and personality.
Those who upgraded their phone to Marshmallow back when it was the newest firmware available might remember that it had implemented some interesting new features that weren’t previously available. Among these features we count the swipe screenshot capability and the introduction of Material Design.