Irresponsibility is a common trait of most Android smartphone manufacturers. Many of them sincerely believe that the consumer will survive the monthly security patches that come out once, or even after two monthly patches, wait six months for the adaptation of the next Android versions and will not be indignant if they are deprived of all this. Does it happen, some will think? Of course it does. But if interruptions in updates can still be tolerated, then the termination of support for even new devices is no longer there.
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Xiaomi has never been famous for the stable support of its smartphones. She could refuse to update the still quite old devices, which had just turned a year old. Therefore, probably few people paid attention to the fact that this year Xiaomi decided to end software support for more than a dozen devices at once. In addition to the models a year and a half ago, which seem to be about to retire, the list includes frankly new devices that are still very popular.
Which Xiaomi smartphones won’t get Android 11
Just look at the list of smartphones that are out of Android 11:
Redmi Note 7, Note 7 Pro, Note 7s Redmi Note 8, Note 8 Pro, Note 8T Xiaomi Mi CC9e Redmi 8, Redmi 8A Dual, Redmi 8A Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
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As you can see, the oldest in this list turned out to be the Redmi Note 7 lineup. When I first learned that Xiaomi was refusing to support it, I thought that in general there was nothing catastrophic here. After all, these devices are already 2 years old, which means that they cannot claim Android 11. But what was my surprise when I found out that only in January the classic “seven” turned a whole year, and the rest of the modifications, which came out with a noticeable delay, were even less. It’s just that when releasing new models of the Redmi line, the Chinese do not wait a whole year, but limit themselves to 6-9 months, hence a slight shift in the perception of their true age.
Redmi Note 8 problems
Redmi Note 8 is even newer than Redmi Note 7, because Xiaomi introduced the updated line only at the end of August 2019. It turns out that at the moment, when it is already known for sure that the Redmi Note 8 update is not coming, they have not even turned one year old. No, I can understand that there may be some restrictions on updating smartphones four and five years ago. But I sincerely refuse to believe that Xiaomi does not have the opportunity to update the one-year-old device. Most likely, the Chinese simply did not want to adapt Android 11 to the MediaTek processors, on the basis of which almost the entire Redmi Note 8 line works and which at one time already became the reason for the ban on flashing.
As for the Mi Mix 3 5G and Mix Alpha, there are almost no complaints here, although these are the most flagships. Practice has shown that Mi Mix 3 5G was practically not in demand, and it is clearly not economically feasible to adapt Android 11 for the sake of the couple of thousand people who bought this model. Undoubtedly, it would be better if Xiaomi did release an update, but since there are almost no people who will be especially outraged, there is no point in updating.
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Mix Alpha is another story altogether. Despite the fact that it was supposedly supposed to be sold for 3 thousand dollars, it did not go on sale, and it remained a showcase model – an indicator of what the Chinese are really capable of. Does this change anything? In my opinion, no. Xiaomi treats its consumers as its own resource, which it has the right to dispose of as it wants. Today the company releases a smartphone and cuts money on it, and tomorrow it simply stops updating it and releases a new one. And it will continue this way exactly as long as we ourselves allow it.