The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A will not be updated to Android Pie software, Xiaomi has confirmed. The Redmi S2, which is the Chinese version of the Redmi Y2, will not be getting Android Pie either. Although the news pertains to China, it is highly unlikely that Xiaomi will update these phones globally.
The Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A are Xiaomi’s most affordable phones in India – the Redmi Y2 is meanwhile a selfie-centric phone that is slated to get a successor on April 24.
The Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi S2 all run Android Oreo-based MIUI out-of-the-box – but looks like this is the last major Android update that these phones will get. Xiaomi doesn’t say why the Android Pie update for the Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi S2 has been suspended.
Note that just because the Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi S2 will not get Android Pie, it doesn’t mean that Xiaomi will cease all software updates for these phones – all these phones will continue to receive MIUI updates and should be updated to MIUI 10 and even MIUI 11.
Xiaomi has been in the thick of things lately in India after it started serving ads in MIUI – although, this is something that has been going on in China for a while now. A large portion of money that Xiaomi makes off its hardware comes from these ads, so it is not surprising that Xiaomi is now serving ads in MIUI in India. But the main user gripe has been that Xiaomi started serving ads in MIUI out of the blue – without prior informing the users.
Over time, it has started educating users on this aspect, and also letting users know how they can opt out.
But regular software updates have been the backbone of Xiaomi phones – and it’s a little disappointing that Xiaomi phones launched last year will not get even one major Android update. As a general practice, most brands offer up to 2 years of major Android updates with Google offering three years for its Pixel phones.