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Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro to have three generations of Android OS upgrades

By Liu Hongzuo - on 10 Sep 2021, 4:48pm

Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro to have three generations of Android OS upgrades

Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro are due for a 15 September launch.

Following an unofficial, leaked teaser video of the Xiaomi 11T series phones’ announcement date, Xiaomi oddly put out an official press statement on these devices' update promises. Talking about putting the cart before a horse. 

In an official statement today (10 September 2021), Xiaomi said that the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro will offer three generations of Android system upgrades and four years of Android security patches. 

However, Xiaomi also added caveats to its software support promises by saying that update availability is entirely dependent on external factors - such as the complexity of each update, the local laws governing firmware updates, and other factors. 

Xiaomi added that they’re also considering to bring this service to other Xiaomi devices.

“It is not a simple task for Xiaomi and its team to provide system updates and security patches to all of its previous smartphone models. However, the prospect of this challenge and meeting the desires of our customers is exciting. On one hand, we’re once again fulfilling Xiaomi’s brand promise to its global users - to provide amazing products. On the other hand, gradually extending the service life cycle of Xiaomi smartphones is a progressive move that furthers Xiaomi’s sustainability and environmental responsibility goals," said Albert Shan, Head of Product & Technology, Xiaomi International.

The promise of software updates come at a time when Android phone manufacturers are routinely criticised for the lack of firmware support beyond its launch year. Samsung promised three years of Android updates for its Galaxy phones in 2020, followed by Vivo’s promise of three years. Even LG, who is no longer dabbling in the smartphone business, offered three years of Android updates for its existing users as it left the scene. OnePlus did the same too, although they were earlier to commit to these updates.

Source: Xiaomi (blog)

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