Xiaomi Mi 8 Pie update: Android 9-based MIUI 10 beta 8.9.20 now rolling out

Xiaomi Mi 8 was announced on May 31 and is already selling in a number of markets. If you’ve already gotten your hands on this beauty, software updates should be one of your main concerns now. And on this page, we have all that you need to know regarding the Mi 8 software updates, be it the usual MIUI updates or the major OS upgrades, beginning with Android P.

Xiaomi Mi 8 MIUI 10 update

  • Global beta available
  • Global stable update coming soon
  • Stable version available in China

Xiaomi Mi 8 was expected to debut with MIUI 10 atop Android 8.1 Oreo and in fact, this is what some of us thought, but it wasn’t the case. As of this writing, Xiaomi has opened the doors for Mi 8 users who would want to take part in beta testing MIUI 10 on the device.

The MIUI 10 application window started on July 12 and ends on July 15 (Beijing Time), but since this is a beta version, it’s not everyone’s food. On the brighter side, Xiaomi is continuing works on the current MIUI 9.5 that is preinstalled on the Mi 8 out of the box. The device has already received a new version 9.5.11 and even though this is specific to the Chinese version, you can still grab it and install it on your global version.

Stable MIUI 10

The global stable version of MIUI 10 is not yet available, but those in China can already install the stable version of MIUI 10 on their Mi 8 handsets and some global users of the Redmi S2 are also receiving the update. The update first showed up on the Mi 8 SE and now it’s available for the standard Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer too.

However, it’s worth noting that since this is a Chinese ROM, it doesn’t come with Google Play apps and services. Furthermore, you’ll need to grab TWRP recovery tool in order to install the firmware on your Mi 8 device, a process that is well documented here. If you are familiar with the manual installation process, you can grab the recovery files via the links below.

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Android 9 Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie beta available for global variant
  • Stable rollout expected in November 2018

Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo running the show out of the box, the latest stable version available at the time of launch. Being a flagship device, the Mi 8 will be among the first Xiaomi devices to get Android Pie.

In fact, we won’t be surprised if the Mi 8 joins the Mi Mix 2S in beta testing Android Pie before the stable version rolls out. Even so, we expect the device to receive the stable version somewhere in November 2018.

Update [Aug 31, 2018]: As per our expectations, Xiaomi Mi 8 will reportedly be joining the Mi MIX 2S in beta testing Android Pie beginning September 2018. However, the initial rollout will be limited to the Chinese ROM, but the same should make its way to the global ROM in due course. As for the stable release, it should be out before the end of the year.

Update [Sep 12, 2018]: Xiaomi Mi 8 users across the globe can now install the latest Android 9 Pie update on their devices. The global update was expected the moment the company opened an insider program in China and is now available for installation. You can find the download link in the table below.

Software update timeline

Mi 8 update timeline

Date Software version Download link Changelog
20 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.20 (beta) | Android 9.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and improvements
11 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.11 (beta) | Android 9.0 Recovery update Installs the official Android 9 Pie beta on the global variant
06 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.6 (beta) | Android 8.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and performance improvements
04 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.4 (beta) | Android 8.1 Recovery update Bug fixes and optimizations
30 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.30 (beta) | Android 8.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and performance improvements. Details here
11 Aug 2018 MIUI 9.6.1 (stable) | Android 8.1 Recovery update Bug fixes and stability improvements
27 July 2018 MIUI 9.5.13 (stable) | Android 8.1 Fastboot update Bug fixes and performance improvements
12-15 July 2018 MIUI 10 beta | Android 8.1 Details here NA
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