Older and entry-level Xiaomi phones will no longer receive MIUI beta ROMs

Older and entry-level Redmi phones will no longer receive MIUI 10 beta ROMs. (Source: XDA Developers)
Older and entry-level Redmi phones will no longer receive MIUI 10 beta ROMs. (Source: XDA Developers)
Xiaomi is adopting a new policy for the delivery of beta MIUI ROMs. Henceforth, devices that are more than a year older will be gradually withdrawn from participating in the beta program. Entry-level Redmi devices are also exempted from enrolling for MIUI beta. That being said, this does not affect the eligibility of the aforementioned devices from getting stable MIUI updates.

Xiaomi is making some policy changes for the eligibility criteria to receive MIUI beta ROMs, according to an official post on the MIUI Forums. A MIUI project lead posted that this move was to streamline development and channel R&D towards optimizing the experience for newer models.

Starting this July 5, Xiaomi phones older than a year (prior to June 2018) will be gradually withdrawn from the beta program and will be offered only stable ROMs. Newer phones get to participate in the ROM development process for at least a year after which their eligibility will be determined based on popular demand. Xiaomi said that the user would be informed three months prior to withdrawal of beta eligibility for their model and will be given the option to switch to the stable ROM. 

Also, Xiaomi is shutting the doors for entry-level Redmi phones to participate in the MIUI beta program. The company didn't list any specific devices but assured that the stable releases will not be affected. However, users should still be able to manually install beta ROMs by unlocking the bootloader. 

The vast majority of users couldn't care less about beta software so they unlikely to be affected by this policy change given that the stable ROM releases are not impacted by this. Also, the policy currently seems to be applicable only to Chinese devices, but we are yet to know if Xiaomi would be extending this to global Redmi phones as well.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-11 (Update: 2019-06-11)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.