Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Xiaomi Mi 6 get unofficial Android 9 Pie ports

Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Xiaomi Mi 6 get unofficial Android 9 Pie ports

The new official ports of Android 9 Pie just keep rolling in and so far we don’t see any end in sight. Today, we wanted to highlight a couple of ports for the Xiaomi family with a port of CarbonROM for the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and a port of Nitrogen OS for the Xiaomi Mi 6.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A Android Pie Port

So first let’s discuss the Xiaomi 5A, a low-end device that was released in November of last year that can now run the latest version of Android’s software. As these are unofficial, and this one being labeled a CarbonBeta, some things work and some things do not. We would like to thank XDA Senior Member sunnyraj84348, XDA Recognized Developer riteshsaxena, XDA Member tr, and XDA Recognized Developer erfanoabdi for the work they put into making this port of CarbonROM for Android 9 Pie for the Redmi 5A.


What’s working :

  • Boots
  • RIL (Calls, SMS, Data)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Video Playback
  • Audio
  • Sensors
  • Flash
  • LED
  • GPS
  • Volte

Known issues:

  • IR Blaster
  • Hardware encryption
  • For mtp go to developer option and set default usb configuration to file transfer.

Check out this port of CarbonROM in our Redmi 5A forums

Xiaomi Mi 6 Android Pie Port

Now, there’s another Xiaomi smartphone that just received an unofficial port of Android 9 Pie as well, and it happens to be the Xiaomi Mi 6, thanks to Nitrogen OS. Unlike with the custom ROM listed above, the developers haven’t listed anything about what works or doesn’t work. They do have a section labeled Known Bugs, but it just lists “bugs-bugs” under it. So it’s possible that this port is much more stable than the Redmi 5A port. This Android 9 Pie port comes to us thanks to the work of XDA Senior Member wloot, XDA Senior Member xyyx, XDA Senior Member ezio84, XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor BeansTown106, XDA Senior Member maxwen, and XDA Senior Member SyCreed.

Check out this port of Nitrogen OS for the Xiaomi Mi 6

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Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.

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