Xiaomi has announced that Android Q will arrive to nine of its devices by the end of the year. The company has announced this via its official MIUI Forums in China, and it applies for the Chinese variants of Xiaomi’s devices, but global models should get those updates soon after.
These are the phones that will get Android Q before the end of the year: Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 8, Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition, Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Mi MIX 2S, Mi MIX 3, Mi 9 SE, Redmi K20, and Redmi K20 Pro.
In addition to that, Xiaomi also said that Android Q will land on the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro in the first quarter of 2020. Now, we’re not yet sure if MIUI 11 will come with Android Q for all of these smartphones, as Xiaomi develops its Android skin separately from Android builds, so it is possible that some Android 9 Pie handsets may get MIUI 11 before they make a switch to Android Q.
MIUI 11 has been in development since January this year, and the company has promised a lot of improvements are coming. Xiaomi said that MIUI 11 will offer a system-wide dark theme, better icons and animations, various performance and battery boosts, and so on.
It is also worth noting that Android Q beta did become available to the Mi MIX 3 and Mi 9 already, as Xiaomi is one of Google’s Android Q beta partners this year. The Mi 9 and Redmi K20 Pro will probably be amongst the first to get Android Q, if not the first two phones to receive it.
Global Android Q builds of MIUI are expected to follow soon after the Chinese ones, but we still do not have the schedule for those, so we cannot guarantee that global updates will follow Chinese so closely that they arrive in 2019 for all the devices that are listed here. Xiaomi will hopefully share more info regarding all that soon.
MIUI 10 had arrived to Xiaomi's devices last year, and it presented quite a change in terms of the design, while Xiaomi also included a ton of changes under the hood. MIUI 10 was generally considered to be a welcomed change for the company’s Android skin, and it actually works really well.
MIUI 10 offers its own navigation gestures, as the company also changed the overview menu compared to MIUI 9. MIUI 10’s overview menu offers apps stacked in two columns, and it is actually a good solution for quick multitasking.
Xiaomi also made a number of additional design-related changes to MIUI 10 in order to refresh its Android build. It remains to be seen if MIUI 11 will bring any notable design changes, though Xiaomi is actually expected to introduce some features and under-the-hood improvements more than design changes. This design is fairly new and we will see some tweaks, but don’t expect any major changes in that area. We will let you know once Xiaomi opts to share more info regarding global Android Q builds.