Android Q is already a thing and, every device maker is rushing to meet their self-imposed deadlines to deliver its predecessor, Android Pie, to the devices they promised they would.
In the case of Xiaomi, as per this roadmap that popped up in the Mi forums last month, a number of devices still await their turn to get a slice of the Pie.
However, that may not be so for two devices that initially made the cut. The two, the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, are reportedly not slated to receive any Android Pie love after they were removed from the list on the Mi forums.
According to GSMArena, the two devices had silently had their software update status revised twice to “Change of Plan” and, finally, “Suspension of Recruitment”, the final nail on the coffin of any users of the said devices holding out for Android 9.
While this may not be a big deal to many, it probably is for the numerous Kenyans who have purchased the devices from Xiaomi’s local distributors over the last few months that they have been available. Being competitively priced and packing an impressive feature-set, both the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A have been easy to recommend to anyone looking for either a good entry-level smartphone experience or just looking for something that costs under Kshs 15,000.
Given how Xiaomi operates and that the devices are not necessarily let down by their hardware, all is not lost. The two devices, while missing out on Android 9, will likely continue being supported by their maker and receive local (MIUI) upgrades which will bring a lot of the features that the company is introducing and which are baked into the firmware builds based on Android 9.
The Redmi S2 and Redmi Note 5, other Xiaomi devices that have also been selling in the country, are still on course to getting their Android Pie update this quarter.