The Xiaomi Mi 6 is finally getting its first Android Pie beta
The Xiaomi Mi 6 was launched in April 2017 with MIUI 8 based on Android 7.1.1. Since then, the phone has went on to receive updates that brought it up to MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo. Xiaomi devices have their feature-set dictated more by the MIUI version than their base Android version, so the two version jump for MIUI was decent for the once-flagship device.
A Xiaomi engineer commented that the Mi 6 may not receive another Android version jump as the MIUI 10 update has already incorporated most of the features that would have been coming to the device. Xiaomi was said to be open to reconsidering its decision, and the company did just that, as it then decided to go ahead and work on the update as users still wanted the same. Now, the device has finally begun receiving its first set of beta builds of MIUI 10 based on Android Pie instead of Android Oreo.
The 9.4.22 builds come with Android 9 Pie as the base and a healthy ~1.5GB download size. Since these are the first Pie beta builds for Mi 6 (device codename: sagit), they should be installed only if you know what you are doing. Plenty of features may be missing/not working on this build, and we also hear that some users are facing trouble booting the build (you can try a hard reboot — hold the power button for 10 seconds). Still, if you wish to taste official Pie on your Mi 6, these are the first set of builds. We do not recommend installing this on your daily driver, and users are advised to install this only after making adequate backups.
For now, the existence of this build confirms that Xiaomi is indeed working on Android Pie for the Mi 6. We expect to receive stable builds in the near future.
Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer yshalsager for the download links!