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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 receives a bizarre new update

The new global update for the Redmi Note 8 contains MIUI 11 and Android 9.0 Pie. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The new global update for the Redmi Note 8 contains MIUI 11 and Android 9.0 Pie. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi only issued a new MIUI 12 update for the global version of the Redmi Note 8 yesterday, but the company has now released another build. This time, the new update is based on MIUI 11 and Android 9.0 Pie, just to confuse matters.

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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 V12.0.2.0.QCOMIXM, which promised to fix the issues that some handsets were having with upgrading from V11.0.11.0.PCOMIXM to V12.0.1.0.QCOMIXM. From what we can tell, V12.0.2.0.QCOMIXM has been installed successfully on many devices, despite it being a Stable Beta update.

Now, V11.0.12.0.PCOMIXM has arrived containing the November 2020 security patch. As its name suggests, Xiaomi has based V11.0.12.0.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 V11.0.12.0.PCOMIXM. However, Adimorah Blog speculates that bugs have held back V12.0.2.0.QCOMIXM from being distributed more widely. The download link for V12.0.2.0.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.

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Having to release V11.0.12.0.PCOMIXM is a bit of a fail for Xiaomi. (Image source: Adimorah Blog)
Having to release V11.0.12.0.PCOMIXM is a bit of a fail for Xiaomi. (Image source: Adimorah Blog)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-11-25 (Update: 2020-11-25)