Xiaomi Redmi 8A and Redmi 8A Pro Android 11 (Android R) Update Timeline – Release Date

Update as of July 8: Redmi 8A will soon get its Android 11 upgrade, however, if you have plans for using Android 11 on Redmi 8A, it is highly likely that it can’t be true. Turns out a Xiaomi moderator took up the question on the forum where someone asked if Redmi 8A will intercept Android 11 or not to which he/she replied “Hey, it may not get Android 11”. Although this doesn’t means it is certain but it is highly likely. [Source]

Xiaomi launched Redmi 8A back in September with a 6.22-inch IPS LCD 720p display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC under the hood. The device arrives with a single front and a single rear camera setup along with a hefty 5,000 mAh battery. Finally, it is paired with 32/64GB of storage and 3/4GB of RAM on-board.

The specifications for Redmi 8A Pro are almost the same except the dual 13+2MP rear camera setup and Reverse charging feature. Both the devices were rolled out with Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 11 and are among the devices likely to get Android 11 that you can read about here.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A and Redmi 8A Pro Android 11 (Android R) Update Timeline – Release Date

Android 11 Overview

Google introduced Android 11 R earlier in February 2020 as a developer preview. As per the timeline, it released four developer previews till May before pushing two beta builds and a final version in August 2020. Google is slated to unveil Android 11 in Q3 2020. Here are a few features that the upcoming operating system will bring on-board.

  • Scheduled Dark Theme
  • ‘Conversations’ Section in Notification Shade
  • Built-in Screen Recorder
  • Pin Apps in the Share Menu
  • Send Images in Notification Replies
  • New APIs for 5G
  • Reverse Wireless Charging Support (Google Pixel 4a or 5)
  • Use Bluetooth Headphones in Airplane Mode
  • Scrolling screenshots
  • Bubble Notifications on by Default
  • New Back Cover Gestures (Likely Pixel-Exclusive)
  • Show Refresh Rate
  • Power Menu Toggles
  • Quick Access Wallet
  • New Permissions Options
  • Background Location Access Must Be Granted Manually
  • Auto-Block Spammy Permission Prompts
  • New Scoped Storage Permission
  • New Motion Sense Gesture (Pixel 4)
  • New Notification History UI
  • Increase Touch Sensitivity
  • Better Back Sensitivity
  • Mobile Drivers License Support
  • Changes to BiometricPrompt API
  • Improved Call Screening
  • Support for Punch Hole & Waterfall Displays
  • Disable Vibrations While Using the Camera
  • HDMI Low-Latency Mode
  • Low Latency Video Decoding
  • New Bluetooth Stack
  • Separated Quick Settings & Notification Tray
  • Music Player in Quick Settings
  • Unsupported Bluetooth Codecs Are Now Grayed Out
  • Suggested Apps in Home Screen Dock

Android 11 for Xiaomi Redmi 8A and 8A Pro

Android 11, the upcoming operating system from Google is expected to launch in Q3 2020. When that happens, Xiaomi will make a few tweaks and push its MIUI 12 update to the supported devices and Redmi 8A, 8A Pro is likely to be one. Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed the date of release of Android 11 R yet but we are keeping an eye on any news that might provide an exact or tentative date when to expect Android 11 so stay tuned.

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