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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gets MIUI 9, but no Nougat

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Android smartphone gets MIUI 9.2 on top of Marshmallow, no Nougat in sight
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Although the new stable MIUI ROM for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 carries the build number, it still uses a Marshmallow core. Sadly, it seems that this Snapdragon 650-powered handset will never get Android Nougat.

Last year in November, Xiaomi unleashed the MIUI 9 Global ROM for a rather long list of devices. Unfortunately, some of the brand's popular handsets were left aside for no obvious reasons. One of these devices is the Redmi Note 3, which missed MIUI 9 but it started to receive the MIUI 9.2 update.

So far, so good, but there is one little big problem here: the MIUI stable ROM for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is not based on Android Nougat, using the same Marshmallow core as the latest update available for this handset (MIUI 8.0).

According to the first users who received the update and shared this with the other members of the Mi Community, the new firmware is labeled MIUI and integrates this month's security patch from Google (dated January 1). The highlights of this update include a new video editor, split-screen multitasking, an updated notification pane, as well as an image editor that can remove background elements from photos. Obviously, there is also a long list of minor tweaks and fixes to take a look at if you really want to know all the details nobody cares about.

Since the Redmi Note 3 arrived with a Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based MIUI 8 firmware onboard and it took so long for Xiaomi to deliver a Marshmallow-based ROM for it, there is little hope to ever see an Android Nougat-based MIUI update for this handset.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-01-31 (Update: 2018-01-31)