Xiaomi is all set to launch its next-generation flagship smartphone, the Mi 5, within the next few months, but the company thankfully hasn’t forgotten its previously-launched smartphones just as yet. While the company had already confirmed earlier this month that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is in the works for at least two of its handsets, latest reports seem to indicate that those ROMs are already in the final stages of the testing process as we speak. This, according to a post on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, by Xiaomi’s operations manager for MIUI (Xiaomi’s proprietary Android-based ROM). While the Chinese edition handsets will be the first to receive the new software, the global models should follow suit in the not-so-distant future, if everything goes according to plan.
As for the smartphones mentioned as being the first in line to receive the update, the Chinese smartphone major is expected to roll out the much-awaited software to a number of its devices, including the Mi 3 and the Mi 4, along with the Mi Note phablet. While the version that’s reportedly being tested right now is only the beta version that may come with its own quirks, it is likely to see a roll out this week itself, as per speculations in sections of the Chinese tech media. The stable version however, may take a little while longer to roll out universally, so it remains to be seen when that actually happens. Meanwhile, there’s also a screenshot available that purportedly shows off the update notification for the latest version of Android available for a Xiaomi handset, in the guise of MIUI 5.12.25, with the file apparently weighing in at 518 MB.
It is worth nothing that earlier this year, Xiaomi had rolled out the MIUI 7 to a number of smartphones on its network, but only some of the devices actually got MIUI 7 ROMs based on Lollipop, while others like the Redmi 1s remained stuck on Android 4.4 KitKat, even after the upgrade from MIUI 6. That led to a lot of confusion and consternation amongst owners of such devices, leading to angry outbursts on MIUI forums from all over the place. So much so that MIUI development engineer, Mr. Sun Peng, had to come out and publicly defend the company against all sorts of allegations, saying that it is the chipmakers who’re to be held responsible for not releasing their kernel sources, which is why Lollipop remains a step too far for certain Xiaomi handsets.