The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 receives a bizarre new update
Xiaomi has released yet another update to the global version of the Redmi Note 8, its second in as many days. Yesterday, the company began rolling out V18.104.22.168.QCOMIXM, which promised to fix the issues that some handsets were having with upgrading from V22.214.171.124.PCOMIXM to V126.96.36.199.QCOMIXM. From what we can tell, V188.8.131.52.QCOMIXM has been installed successfully on many devices, despite it being a Stable Beta update.
Now, V184.108.40.206.PCOMIXM has arrived containing the November 2020 security patch. As its name suggests, Xiaomi has based V220.127.116.11.PCOMIXM on MIUI 11 and Android 9.0 Pie, making it almost doubly worse than the MIUI 12 and Android 10-based build that Xiaomi delivered yesterday.
Xiaomi has not offered a reason for issuing V18.104.22.168.PCOMIXM. However, Adimorah Blog speculates that bugs have held back V22.214.171.124.QCOMIXM from being distributed more widely. The download link for V126.96.36.199.QCOMIXM still works though, so it seems that Xiaomi has not rolled back the update as Adimorah Blog has suggested.
This is not the first time that Xiaomi has messed up OS upgrades. Over the summer, the company struggled to get Android 10 right on its Android One handsets with many buggy builds hitting devices, much to the annoyance of owners. Typically, Xiaomi has no issues with upgrading devices to MIUI 12 though, so we cannot understand why moving the global Redmi Note 8 onto MIUI 12 and Android 10 has been so fraught. Hopefully, Xiaomi will issue another supposedly fixed MIUI 12 update for the device soon.