Every year Google releases a designated timeline and then releases the new Android upgrade in batches, in sync with the timeline. Although the timeline was released this year as well, due to some unavoidable circumstances, it has to deviate from its schedule. The first four developer previews were near about as planned. However, the first beta update had to witness a few delays. Anyways, it is now live and a slew of OEMs have come forward to adopt it. In this regard, Xiaomi is also turning out to be quite an active player. The Xiaomi M 10 and Mi 10 Pro are the latest devices to get the Android 11 Beta 1 update.
The developer previews are strictly for the Pixels (and GSI for Project Treble devices). However, since the Beta build gets live, other OEMs could adopt it as well. Recently we covered about Oppo’s notion of bringing the said update to the Reno X2 series. Likewise, OnePlus also announced the same for its latest flagships. After that, Vivo was quick to jump to the scene and announced the Android 11 Beta update for the iQOO 3, both 4G and 5g variants. And now, Xiaomi has also come to the fore with its latest announcement concerning the Mi 10 variants.
As of now, the Xiaomi Mi 10 has been blessed with the Android 11 Beta 1 update, and the Pro variant might follow it anytime soon. In this guide, we will share the download link as well as the installation instructions. But before that, let us make you aware of everything new in the latest Android build. Follow along.
Android 11: What’s New?
Here is everything you need to be aware of in the latest Android 11 build.
Some much-needed changes are made to Location permissions as well. In Android 10, Google added the option to allow permission while you are using the app. Now, apart from that, there are two other options: Only this time, Deny. The former is the new addition to the list. You could now give location permissions to any app only for one single time.
Media toggles in Quick Settings
The media toggles are now also moved to the Quick Settings. Up until now, it was present in the notification bar itself. As far as the options go, it consists of the same three: Next, Pause and Previous.
New Features in Recent Menu
Three new options have now made its way over to the Recents screen. These are Screenshot, Select, and Share. The first one allows you to take a screenshot of the recent app. The second one gives you the ability to select text from inside the recent apps window. Share, as the name suggests, lets you directly share the captured screenshots.
Separate Notification Channels
There is now much-needed clarity in the Notification section. Up until now, the conversations from messaging apps were all messed up with the other app’s notifications. However, Google has now divided the notification sections into three different channels: Conversations, Alerting Notifications, and Silent Notifications. it is the first one that we are most interested in. Now all your messages, from any app, will be present under that section itself, segregated from the others.
New Additions to Power Menu
There have been some pretty nifty additions to the Power Menu as well. You could now control all your smart home appliances right fro the Power menu itself. It has added the smart home control buttons on the said menu. you no longer would need to launch the Google Home app.
Android 11 has also introduced Bubble Conversations for every messaging app. You could drag pace this bubble anywhere on the screen. Does it all sound similar? Well, it is similar to Facebook’s Messenger has to offer.
To be fair, these are just some of the pretty impressive features of the latest Android version. For the complete list, head over to our detailed Android 11 guide. With that said, here are the detailed instruction set on how to install the Android 11 Beta update on Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.
Android 11 Beta 1 on Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro
Before will list out the instructions set, we will like to shed light on some pretty important points. First of all, it is a beta update and might be buggy and unstable as well. It shouldn’t be used as your daily driver under any circumstances. If you wish to try the new and exciting features then this build is just for you, but at the same time, you will have to trade off on the stability front. If you are ready for the same, go through the below prerequisites first and then proceed with the installation instructions.
Since we are flashing the Fastboot package and not the recovery one, you can’t flash it via stock Recovery or Updater app. To flash a Fastboot ROM in Xiaomi, you will need the Mi Flash Tool plus an unlocked bootloader. Here is everything you need to be aware of.
- Complete device backup. This is because installing Android 11 will wipe off all the data on your device.
- Furthermore, also make sure to keep your device sufficiently charged, so that it doesn’t turn off midway.
- The Xiaomi Mi 10 should have an unlocked bootloader.
- Furthermore, Android SDK and Platform Tools should be installed on your PC
- Finally, also install Xiaomi Mi Flash Tool to flash fastboot ROM on your device.
You could now download the Android 11 Beta 1 update for Xiaomi Mi 10 from the below link:
- Download and install the Mi Flash Tool on your PC. Likewise, extract the downloaded ROM file to your PC. For your convenience, we would suggest you copy the location of the extracted folder.
- Now reboot your device to Fastboot/Bootloader/Download Mode. For that, power off your device and press the Power and Volume Down buttons for a few seconds.
- Next up, connect your device to PC via USB cable.
- Launch the Mi Flash Tool and click on Select. Browse to the extracted ROM folder or directly paste its location that you copied in the first step.
- Click on the Refresh button and your device should now be recognized with an ID under the device section.
- Finally, click on the Flash icon situated at the top right. The process will now begin and will take a few minutes at max. You could keep a track of the same via the Progress or Result section.
- When the flashing is complete, you should be notified of the same. Your device should also reboot to the newly installed OS. If that doesn’t happen for some reason, you could manually do the same as well, via the hardware key.
So this was all from this guide on how to install the Android 11 Beta 1 update on Xiaomi Mi 10. We will update the guide as and when the build for the Mi 10 Pro goes live. Also, keep in mind that you will have to set up your device from scratch, considering a reset has been taken place. Furthermore, the first boot will take some time, that’s nothing to worry about. Once it does boot and you have used, do let us know your views on the latest iteration of this Android build. Likewise, you could also drop in your queries in the comments section. Rounding off, here are some iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.
Update (Mi 10 Pro)
The Android 11 Beta 1 Update is now live for Mi 10 Pro devices. The prerequisites are the same as of the Mi 10, with your device requiring an unlocked bootloader. So download the ROM file from the below link and follow the exact same steps as mentioned for the Mi 10 device, via the Mi Flash Tool.
- Download Android 11 Beta 1 Mi 10 Pro: Link
If you have any queries regarding the same, do drop in your issues in the comments below.