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Redmi Note 8 from Xiaomi was released in August 2019 as the successor of the Redmi Note 7 series. The affordable mid-range device packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC under the hood along with up to 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. The phone arrived with Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 11 so here’s everything you need to know about its Android 11 upgrade.
According to the Android 11 timeline, after completing four developer previews, Google will release its first beta candidate in June 2020 followed by two more in the next two months. At last, the Android 11 stable version is scheduled to launch sometime in Q3 2020 probably in August/September. Once it officially arrives, Xiaomi will cater it to fit its custom MIUI and launch it in December as per a rough timeline.
Android 11 Overview
Android 11 is the latest Android OS, 11th major OS iteration, and 18th version under the Android OS family since its inception. The version will bring a high-caliber of features including enhancing the security, authentication, privacy, and user experience at every stage. Here’s a list of features that we have come across in the developer previews.
- 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 Note 8
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 arrived with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box when it was released. This puts it in a favorable position to receive Android 11 R although there’s no confirmation from the Chinese OEM at this moment. If yes, it will be Redmi Note 8’s second major upgrade so stay tuned on this page to know more.
Update on January 14, 2021
Today Xiaomi rolled the January 2021 security patch update for the Redmi Note 8 globally. The update is based on Android 10 with software version V220.127.116.11.QCOMIXM.
Updated on December 19, 2020:
Today Xiaomi has confirmed to push the Android 11 update very soon for the Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi K30S Ultra, Mi CC9, Mi CC9 Meitu Edition, Mi 9SE, Mi 9, and Mi 9 Pro 5G.
Updated on December 08, 2020:
In the recent community post, one of the team members said that the Android 11 is not coming to Redmi Note 8 series which is a surprise move. We all knew, Xiaomi always keeps updating their device to their latest version of MIUI. The company promised to deliver 2 major OS updates to its devices in the past. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 series came out of the box with Android 9.0 Pie and later received the Android 10. If there is more information, we will spill it here in this article. So make sure to bookmark this page.
Update as of July 14:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 has already received MIUI 12 Beta in China on June 2 which is based on Android 10. It has since entered into a testing phase. In a mid-July report, it was hinted that a July release is expected. Thus, an MIUI 12-bases Android 10 will start rolling out between July and August for sure. A user asked if Redmi Note 8 will get Android 11 to which a moderator replied that there’s no information available about it as of now. Note that Redmi Note 8 was launched with Android 9 and it received MIUI 11 based Android 10. Although it is likely to get Android 11, it is quite possible that Xiaomi yanks it up to MIUI 12 but on Android 10.