Following its sibling Redmi K20 Pro’s day one update to Android 10, Xiaomi’s lauded value sub-flagship will reportedly receive Google’s latest software next month.
After years of lackluster update schedules Xiaomi surprised all when it managed to roll out Android 10 to their value flagship Redmi K20 Pro on the update’s launch day alongside Google’s own Pixel phones and Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, no doubt due to the phone’s participation in the Android Q Beta Program through the preceding six months.
It was a slight disappointment though when the update didn’t also simultaneously release to the standard Redmi K20, Xiaomi Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro which are all near-identical siblings to the Redmi K20 Pro; some were dreading that we may again see Xiaomi’s infamous lengthy update delays for those three phones despite their sibling’s immediate update.
But now Xiaomi has assuaged those fears with the confirmation that their Mi 9T, at least, will get the Android 10 update pretty timely, in October – and presumably, updates for the other two devices will come then too, or very soon after.
It’s too soon yet to tell whether the improvements to update speeds that we’ve been seeing and/or been promised are the result of Google‘s ‘Project Treble‘ modularisation of Android, which aimed to make updating the underlying software separate from the skin very easy for manufacturers, though I suspect it is which would pose an excellent start to defragmenting the Android ecosystem.