Xiaomi Mi Max Pie update news & more: MIUI 10 global beta 8.9.20 available for all variants

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi’s Mi Max series is a one-of-a-kind smartphone lineup in the company’s product portfolio. The series, while addressing one of the most common problems as far as smartphones go – battery life – also offers a huge screen for folks who intend to consume a lot of multimedia content on their phones.

The OG Xiaomi Mi Max was quite successful and its successor, Xiaomi Mi Max 2, doesn’t seem to be an exception. But the question is, will both devices be upgraded to Android Oreo? Well, keep reading to find out the answer.

Xiaomi MIUI 10 update

Both Xiaomi Mi Max and the second generation Mi Max 2 are on the list of devices that will be upgraded to MIUI 10. According to Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 roadmap, the pair is expected to receive this update towards the end of July 2018, but this is only true for the Global variants. If you are in China, the MIUI 10 update for the second-generation Mi Max 2 is already up for download.

→ Download MIUI 10 beta for Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Note that this is a Chinese ROM, but it can also be installed on the global variant of the phone, although you will still need to install Google Play apps and services on your own.

Related: How to install MIUI 10 on Xiaomi devices

Mi Max/Max 2 Android 9 Pie update

  • Not eligible for Android 9 Pie update
  • Custom ROMs based on Pie expected

Android 9 Pie update won’t make it to any of the Xiaomi Mi Max and Mi Max 2. The former has Marshmallow out of the box and has since been upgraded to Nougat while the latter ships with Nougat out of the box and is guaranteed to receive Oreo. Being midrangers, the Mi Max family gets only one major OS upgrade, which means Oreo is the last major OS upgrade for the Mi Max 2.

On the brighter side, Project Treble has helped developers swiftly come in with custom ROMs based on Pie for various devices, but it is the developer-friendly nature of Xiaomi phones that makes us believe the Mi Max and Mi Max 2 won’t be short of Pie-based ROMs in future.

Related: Xiaomi Android 9 Pie update schedule

Mi Max/Max 2 Android Oreo update

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is guaranteed to get Oreo
  • The same is not true for Xiaomi Mi Max and Mi Max Prime
  • Q2-Q3 2018 release seems likely

Related: Redmi Note 5 Pro update: Android Oreo now available

Xiaomi has never been particularly known for rolling out speedy software updates to its smartphones. While we hope this will change with time, chances are, Xiaomi will still be late when it comes to pushing the Android Oreo update. We expect the update to arrive on Mi Max 2 sometime in Q2 or perhaps in Q3 2018.

The Mi Max, Mi Max Prime and Mi Max 2, like any other smartphone from Xiaomi, come with MIUI — the company’s custom skin out of the box. And as you may all know, MIUI is one of the most heavily customized skins there is. That is by no means to say it isn’t good. In fact, MIUI is one of the most liked custom skins, too.

RelatedXiaomi Oreo update news

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Apart from providing the best from latest Android OS, MIUI also brings more features of its own. While the Mi Max 2 is guaranteed to get Oreo, we cannot say the same about the OG Mi Max and its counterpart, Mi Max Prime.

The Mi Max and Mi Max Prime were launched with Marshmallow and upgraded to Nougat. Given that they are midrange devices, it’s unlikely that Xiaomi will dedicate resources to release Oreo to the pair, especially considering that it has a growing device portfolio to attend to.

On the other hand, with the Oreo update, the Mi Max 2 should get all the new features the latest Android OS brings along with it, including adaptive app icons, improved WebView, faster restart times, revamped Notifications menu, Notifications Channels and Dots, Autofill, improved battery life, picture-in-picture mode, and more.

Below is a software updates timeline for the Mi Max series, but keep in mind that all coverage is for the global models.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 update timeline

 Date  MIUI version Download link  Changelog
20 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.20 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Lots of bug fixes and optimizations
13 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.13 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and optimizations
06 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.6 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and optimizations
30 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.30 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and optimizations. Details here
23 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.23 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and optimizations. Details here
16 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.16 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update July 2018 security patch, fixes for dual apps and notification issues, and more
26 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.26 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes, performance improvements, and more
19 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.19 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and performance improvements
12 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.12 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Installs MIUI 10 beta
11 June 2018 MIUI 9.5.5 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update Fixes Area code issues, general bugs, and optimizes performance.
20 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.19 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Added a confirmation dialog for deleting Quick apps from Home screen, Fix the issue of Yellow page FC and fixed issue where no menu shows in notification shade even after enabling the option
17 Apr 2018 MIUI 9.5.4 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update UI adjustments for RTL languages in Messaging, fixed issue where weather info is not aligned in notification & status bar in landscape mode, fixed issue where black screen appears and then lock screen is displayed, and more
12 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.12 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Top Sites in introduced with New UI, Added quick SMS action buttons for popular SMSes, Shortcut for the Split screen in Recents, and more
30 Mar 2018 MIUI 8.3.29 (beta) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Online content in Mi Music, Artist’s work page is revamped, Direct apps are called Quick apps now
 2 Feb 2018 MIUI 9.2.1 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Mi Mover, supports data migration restarting. Simplified the UI, New App vault features: shortcuts, brief notes, and calendar events, and more
25 Dec 2017 MIUI 9.0.3 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update November 2017 security patch, Notification shade optimizations for WhatsApp and Line and GMS module update
4 Dec 2017 MIUI 9.0.2 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update Fixed issues with sound in Silent mode, Names of contacts weren’t shown during T9 search, and App lock security issues 
9 Nov 2017 MIUI 9.0.1 (stable) | Android 7.1 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Switch for turning Battery saver automatically when charged, New display formats for update logs in Updater, Search for apps in Dual apps settings, and more

Xiaomi Mi Max (32GB) update timeline

 Date MIUI version  Download link  Changelog
20 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.20 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Lots of bug fixes and optimizations
13 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.13 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and optimizations
06 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.6 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and optimizations
30 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.30 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and optimizations. Details here
23 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.23 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and optimizations. Details here
16 Aug 2018 MIUI 9.5.4 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update Bug fixes and performance improvements
16 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.16 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update July 2018 security patch, fixes for dual apps and notification issues, and more
26 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.26 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes, performance improvements, and more
19 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.19 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and performance improvements
12 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.12 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Installs MIUI 10 beta
19 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.19 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Added a confirmation dialog for deleting Quick apps from Home screen, Fix the issue of Yellow page FC and fixed issue where no menu shows in notification shade even after enabling the option
12 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.12 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Top Sites in introduced with New UI, Added quick SMS action buttons for popular SMSes, Shortcut for the Split screen in Recents, and more
9 Apr 2018 MIUI 9.5.2 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Resume interrupted transfers in Mi Mover without starting over, Revamped start page and optimized performance, Revamped start page and optimized performance, and more
29 Mar 2018 MIUI 8.3.29 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Online content in Mi Music, Artist’s work page is revamped, Direct apps are called Quick apps now
26 Jan 2018 MIUI 9.2.1 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update New Mi Mover, supports data migration, Simplified the UI, New App vault features,  “Add to favorites” icon adjustments, and more
7 Dec 2017 MIUI 9.1.1 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Deep-level system optimizations, New icons, New animations for launching and exiting apps, Simpler Home screen editing, Introducing Split screen, Improved Silent mode triggered by the volume button, Improved readability for the start page of Messaging, and more
20 July 2017 MIUI 8.5.1 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Personal hotspot is now mutually recognizable by iOS devices, VoLTE conference video calls, Separate App locks for Dual apps, Text editing module in the photo editor, Calculating discounts, Redesigned the Music app, and more

Xiaomi Mi Max Prime update timeline

 Date MIUI version Download link  Changelog
20 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.20 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Lots of bug fixes and optimizations
13 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.13 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and optimizations
06 Sep 2018 MIUI 10 8.9.6 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes and optimizations
30 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.30 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and optimizations. Details here
23 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.23 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and optimizations. Details here
16 Aug 2018 MIUI 10 8.8.16 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update July 2018 security patch, fixes for dual apps and notification issues, and more
26 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.26 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Bug fixes, performance improvements, and more
19 July 2018 MIUI 10 8.7.19 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Multiple bug fixes and performance improvements
12 July 2018 MIUI 8.7.12 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Installs MIUI 10 beta
19 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.19 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Added a confirmation dialog for deleting Quick apps from Home screen, Fix the issue of Yellow page FC and fixed issue where no menu shows in notification shade even after enabling the option
12 Apr 2018 MIUI 8.4.12 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Top Sites in introduced with New UI, Added quick SMS action buttons for popular SMSes, Shortcut for the Split screen in Recents, Fixed issue where playing online content gives warning every time with every song even when no data limit is set, and Bluetooth often disconnects when playing music
9 Apr 2018 MIUI 9.5.2 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Resume interrupted transfers in Mi Mover without starting over, Revamped start page and optimized performance, Quick search options, Adjusted the position of the search bar, and more
29 Mar 2018 MIUI 8.3.29 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Online content in Mi Music, Artist’s work page is revamped, Direct apps are called Quick apps now
26 Jan 2018 MIUI 9.2.1 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update New Mi Mover, supports data migration, Simplified the UI, New App vault features, “Add to favorites” icon adjustments, and more
7 Dec 2017 MIUI 9.1.2 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Deep-level system optimizations, New icons, New animations for launching and exiting apps, Simpler Home screen editing, Introducing Split screen, Improved Silent mode triggered by the volume button, Improved readability for the start page of Messaging, and more
2 Aug 2017 MIUI 8.5.1 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Personal hotspot is now mutually recognizable by iOS devices, VoLTE conference video calls, Separate App locks for Dual apps, Text editing module in the photo editor, Calculating discounts, Redesigned the Music app, and more

How to install Xiaomi Mi Max update

There are different methods you can use to install MIUI updates besides the usual OTA downloads. All of them involve manual installation and we have procedures for each one right below. Note that in most cases, Xiaomi provides all three files in distinct packages, so make sure you grab the right one depending on the method you want to use.

How to install Mi Max system update

Before you take down this route, Xiaomi has a few things you should note.

  1. Please wipe all data in Recovery mode if you want to update to a discontinuous ROM version, or downgrade to an older ROM version using MIUI full ROM pack.
  2. If you upgrade from MIUI Stable ROM based on Android M to MIUI Developer ROM based on Android N, please flash it via Fastboot update. Recovery update might cause upgrade failure.

With that out of the way, let’s get down to the steps on how to install MIUI ROM using system update method.

  • Download the latest MIUI recovery ROM file from the table above
  • Connect your device to a Windows PC using a USB cable and transfer the ROM file downloaded (above) into the folder ‘downloaded_rom’ in the internal storage of your phone.
  • Launch ‘Updater’ app on your device and tap the ‘…’ icon at the top-right corner, select ‘Choose update package’, and choose the ROM file you’ve put in ‘downloaded_rom’ above.
  • After choosing the right ROM file, your device will begin upgrading. Your device should automatically boot to the new version when the update is completed.

How to install Xiaomi Mi Max Recovery update

Like the system update, there are a few things you also need to note before going the recovery update route.

  1. Please wipe all data in Recovery mode if you want to update to a discontinuous ROM version, or downgrade to an older ROM version using MIUI full ROM pack.
  2. Due to the differences in Recovery interface, this method is not applicable to devices with a locked bootloader.

Now, onto the main steps of installing MIUI recovery update on your Xiaomi phone.

  • Download the latest MIUI ROM file from the table above and rename the downloaded ROM file to ‘update.zip’ on the computer.
  • Connect your device to the computer above using a USB cable and copy the ROM file downloaded and renamed in Step 1 above into the root directory of the internal storage of your device (Do not put it in any folder).
  • Enter the Recovery mode of your device. There are 2 methods to do it as follows:
    Method 1: Launch ‘Updater’ app on your device, click the ‘…’ icon at the top-right corner, and select ‘Reboot to Recovery mode’ to enter.
    Method 2: You can also turn off your device and then hold both Volume up button and Power button at the same time to enter Recovery mode.
  • In Recovery mode, you can use Volume up/down to scroll through the options and Power button to confirm your selection. After entering Recovery mode, choose the language you use, select ‘Install update.zip to System One’ and confirm. Your device will begin updating automatically. Wait until the update is completed, choose ‘Reboot to System One’, and then your device should boot to the new version.

How to install Xiaomi Mi Max Fastboot update

Before any attempts to install the MIUI fastboot update on your Xiaomi Mi Max handset, take note of the following:

  1. A Windows PC/laptop will be needed for this to work.
  2. Make sure that your device is fully charged or has enough power for this process.
  3. All user data will be purged in this process, so make sure you back up your data and think twice before proceeding.

With that out of the way, here’s how to install MIUI fastboot update on your Mi Max.

  • Download MIUI ROM Flashing Tool. If your device is locked, please click here to unlock it first. If your device is unlocked, please just follow the following tutorial to complete the ROM flashing.
  • Download the latest fastboot update ROM from the table above.
  • Turn off the device. Press the Volume down + Power buttons at the same time to enter Fastboot mode. Then connect the device to a Windows PC via a USB cable.
  • Open your phone’s storage and double click on the downloaded ROM file to decompress it. Open the file folder for the decompressed ROM pack, and copy its path on the computer.
  • Decompress the MIUI ROM flashing tool downloaded in Step 1, and double-click on it to install on your PC (if there is security warning, select ‘Run’). After installation is complete, open MiFlash.exe and paste into the address bar the ROM file folder path copied in the last step.
    Click on the first button (circled out in yellow) to Refresh, and MiFlash should automatically recognize the device. Then click the second button to flash the ROM file to the device.
  • Wait until the progress bar inside MiFlash turns fully green, which means the ROM has been successfully installed. Then your device should automatically boot to the new version.

Note that if the flashing guide could not help you, please download Mi PC Suite here. After Mi PC Suite is installed, make sure that your phone is in fastboot mode, connect it to the PC in question and select the correct ROM file to flash.

Do you have anything you’d like to ask us about Xiaomi Mi Max updates? Let us know in your comments below.

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