Xiaomi Redmi 5 receiving Android 8.1 Oreo beta and MIUI 10 stable updates

Despite arriving in Kenya in 2018, Xiaomi Redmi 5 still came preinstalled with Android 7.1 Nougat. This, in fact, was the one thing that could easily turn off a hardcore Android smartphone buyer from this device at the time of its arrival.

Months down the line, the Redmi 5 is now receiving an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. Don’t get too excited, though, as the Oreo 8.1 update is still in beta, but a stable version topped by a stable MIUI 10 version should be out in a matter of weeks.

Speaking of which, those using the stable MIUI 9 that powers the Redmi 5 out of the box have a new update rolling out. The update brings stable MIUI 10 to the handset as version 10.1.2 [download], however, it’s still based on Nougat. With MIUI 10, you are getting plenty of new features and tweaks, including full-screen gestures, nature-inspired sounds (alarms, ringtones), enhanced notification shade, a revamped Recents menu that takes advantage of the devices 18:9 display aspect ratio, and so on.

Getting the stable MIUI 10 is easy. Simply head to your phone’s Settings> About phone > System update and Check for updates. But since it’s a huge update (1.3GB), do make sure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection before you begin the upgrade process.

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