Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Starts Receiving MIUI 9.2 Update Based on Android Marshmallow
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of Xiaomi’s most popular budget phones. It was released in 2016 with powerful specifications including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 system-on-chip, and it received a huge amount of support from developers in the form of custom ROMs. It shipped with MIUI 7 on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, and received an update to MIUI 8 in August 2016 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow in December 2016.
In November 2017, Xiaomi launched the global version of MIUI 9, and said that the Redmi Note 3 would be among the third batch of devices to receive it. The phone was supposed to get the update in December alongside devices such as the Redmi 3S/Prime, Redmi 4A, but that didn’t happen. Xiaomi went on to release MIUI 9.2 and roll it out to several devices including the Redmi Note 4, but not the Redmi Note 3.
On Wednesday, though, Xiaomi India Product Manager Rohit Ghalsasi announced that MIUI 9 would finally come to the Redmi Note 3. According to users who’ve received the update, the phone’s settings menu identifies it as MIUI 9.2, which implies that Xioami skipped MIUI 9 in favor of the newer MIUI 9.2.
Redmi Note 3 users will start receiving MIUI 9 stable update starting from today but not everyone will get the update same time. It may take 48-72 hrs for you to get the update.
— Rohit Ghalsasi (@rohitghalsasi) January 29, 2018
The update has the build number MIUI 220.127.116.11.MHOMIEK, and it’s 290MB in size. It’s worth noting that isn’t a Global Stable build — it’s a Nightly Stable build, the difference being that it’s rolling out to random pockets of users right now. If all goes well, the same update will hit all Redmi Note 3 devices as a Global Stable build in the coming days.
We have known for a while now that the MIUI 9 update for the Redmi Note 3 would be based on Android Marshmallow instead of Android Oreo. That’s disappointing — the device received only one major Android version upgrade in the course of its life cycle. But it’s not all bad. MIUI 9.2 brings Android’s January security patch to the device, plus fixes for the KRACK exploit, a new gallery app, the Mi Video app, a new Mi File Explorer, Mi Drop, and more. Here’s the full changelog: