Xiaomi has a new smartphone brand in India known as Poco and its first smartphone is the Poco F1, which has just been unveiled in the country.
In addition to becoming the first and only (so far) Snapdragon 845 powered smartphone priced at just INR 20,999, the Poco F1 will also be among the first non-Google devices to receive the update to Android 9 Pie.
Poco F1 update timeline
|Date||Software version||Download link||Changelog|
|20 Nov 2018||MIUI 10.0.6 (stable) | Android 8.1||Recovery update||Improved fingerprint recognition, significant changes to the Lockscreen, and more|
|15 Nov 2018||MIUI 10 8.11.15 (beta) | Android 9.0||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Bug fixes and performance improvements|
|01 Nov 2018||MIUI 10.0.4 (stable) | Android 8.1||Recovery update||Stable MIUI 10 upgrade, based on Android 8.1, full version V10.0.4.0.OEJMIFH; gets you full-screen gesture UI, natural sounds, AI pre-loading, and more; Android 9 Pie based MIUI 10 should be coming soon|
|30 Oct 2018||MIUI 10 8.10.30 (beta) | Android 9||Recovery update||Installs Android 9 Pie beta, October 2018 security patch, and more|
|25 Oct 2018||MIUI 10 8.10.25 (beta) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Bug fixes and improvements|
|18 Oct 2018||MIUI 10 8.10.18 (beta) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Bug fixes and performance improvements|
|15 Oct 2018||MIUI 9.6.25 (stable) | Android 8.1||Recovery update||Bug fixes and performance improvements|
|11 Oct 2018||MIUI 10 8.10.11 (beta) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Bug fixes and improvements|
|10 Oct 2018||MIUI 9.6.24 (stable) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Bug fixes and system enhancements|
|20 Sep 2018||MIUI 9.6.22 (stable) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Adds face unlock for some countries, August patch, and fixes app launch issues, on-screen buttons offset, status bar height, and simplifies turning off sound|
|20 Sep 2018||MIUI 10 8.9.20 (beta) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Fixes bugs with face unlock and app icons not showing|
|13 Sep 2018||MIUI 10 8.9.13 (beta) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||Bug fixes and performance improvements|
|02 Sep 2018||MIUI 9.6.18 (stable) | Android 8.1||Recovery update | Fastboot update||
Poco F1 update MIUI 9.6.18 rolling out, improves camera and fixes apps launch issues, and more
|28 Aug 2018||MIUI 10 8.8.28 (beta) | Android 8.1||Recovery update||Bug fixes and improved performance|
|–||MIUI 9.6 | Android 8.1||NA||Pre-installed|
Xiaomi Poco F1 news
November 2: Xiaomi has published a statement regarding the current status of issues they have been working when to expect their fixes, as well as what the company is doing regarding several user requests. The major highlights are Android 9 Pie release date, when to expect support for HD streaming on Netflix, dark mode is coming to Poco Launcher, face unlock is coming to app lock, and so on. You can get the entire coverage here.
November 1: Stable version of the MIUI 10 update for the Poco F1 is now available. Download it from the link provided in the table below. it’s based on Android 8.1 Oreo, so our wait for the Android Pie based MIUI 10 update continues, but it should not take long now.
October 31: Pocophone Global, through the head of product Jai Mani, has confirmed that the Poco F1 will be updated to Android Q. But before then, you can already download and install a beta version of Android 9 Pie on your Poco F1, a process that has been well documented via the link below.
October 24: Netflix HD streaming coming soon
One of the most annoying issues of the Poco F1 – the inability to stream HD videos on Netflix and Amazon Prime – will soon be no more. Xiaomi is working on a fix together with Qualcomm and Google with a beta version of the fix to arrive this Q4 2018. Other stuff that Xiaomi is also working on with respect to the Poco F1 includes a fix for battery percentage and notification icons not displaying in the status bar, Android Auto issues, Asphalt 8 and 9 compatibility issues, OK Google not working, touch delays and/or wrong input when typing, making all four corners rounded after disabling the notch, and allowing 3rd-party apps to fully utilize the full-screen display.
In future, Xiaomi says the Poco F1 will be able to support 4K video recording at 60fps, customized app icon size via the Poco Launcher, and so on. You can capture all the details in the statement here.
September 29: Google Camera app ported to Poco F1
It is now possible to install the Google Camera app on your Xiaomi Poco F1 after the app was ported to not only the Pocophone but also other Xiaomi phones powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. More details here.
Poco F1 Android Pie update
- Beta Android 9 update available
- The stable Pie update expected in December 2018
- Stable MIUI 10 based on Android Pie not available yet
Users of Xiaomi Poco F1 can now download and install a beta version of Android 9 Pie on this device. The stable version is expected to be released after weeks of testing, probably somewhere towards the end of the year or even in early 2019. This rollout will be layered with stable MIUI 10 on top.
Related: The best Xiaomi phones in 2018
Poco F1 Android Q update
- Eligible for Android Q
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco just confirmed that the Poco F1 will be updated to Android Q. However, with the stable Q expected to arrive in August 2019, we can only expect an update to begin rolling out in Q4 2019 or thereafter.
Poco F1 MIUI 10 update
- Stable MIUI 10 OTA released as 10.0.4
- Download link is given in the table below
Xiaomi has released the stable MIUI 10 update in India. The Poco F1 MIUI 10 update is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and comes as software version V10.0.4.0.OEJMIFH. However, we expect the MIUI 10 update based on Android Pie to roll out soon, as a beta version of the update is already available.
Related: Xiaomi Android Pie device list
How to install the update on Poco F1
There are various ways in which you can install a software update on the Poco F1. Here they are:
Using local updater
- Download the update file from the table above. The file should be a recovery update ROM, not a fastboot ROM.
- Transfer the update file to your Poco F1 if you downloaded it on PC.
- Open the Settings app, and tap on About phone.
- Tap on System update.
- Tap on 3-dot menu button in the top right.
- Tap on Choose update package.
- Browse and select the update file you downloaded above.
- The system will verify the update and install it automatically. When it asks for confirmation, do confirm to allow installation. Be sure to back up important data as the update installation may delete apps and data.
Using Fastboot mode
Like with Recovery mode, installing system updates using Fastboot also requires a PC, however, you also need an unlocked bootloader for this to work, alongside these steps (click here if your device is not unlocked):
- Download MIUI ROM Flashing Tool.
- Select your preferred MIUI ROM version from the list and download the corresponding files. Be sure to check if the suffix of the ROM file is .tgz. If not, rename it to .tgz.
- Turn off your Xiaomi device and press the Volume + Power buttons simultaneously to enter into Fastboot mode. Connect the device to your PC using a USB cable.
- Double click on the downloaded ROM file and decompress it.
- Open the file folder for the decompressed package and copy its path on your computer.
- Decompress the MIUI ROM flashing tool downloaded in Step 1.
- Double click on it to install on your PC.
- When the installation is done, run MiFlash.exe to open MiFlash software.
- In its address bar, paste the folder path of the ROM file copied in Step 5.
- Click on the yellow circled-out button to refresh and MiFlash will automatically recognize your device.
- Click the red circled-out button to flash the ROM file to the device.
- Sit back and watch the progress bar inside MiFlash turn fully green, implying that the new system update has been successfully installed on your device.
Using Recovery mode
Note – If you are updating to a discontinuous ROM or downgrading to an older ROM version using the full ROM pack, make sure you wipe all data in Recovery mode.
- On your PC, download the latest MIUI ROM for your Poco F1 from above.
- Rename the downloaded MIUI ROM file to update.zip as this is required sometimes.
- Using a USB cable, connect your Xiaomi device to your PC
- Copy the downloaded ROM file that you renamed above (update.zip) into the root directory of your device’s internal storage. By root directory, it means the ROM file shouldn’t dwell inside any folder.
- Enter recovery mode on your Xiaomi device. You can do this in two ways:
- First method: Launch the Updater app on your phone and then click on the 3-dot icon in the top right corner. Now select the Reboot to Recovery mode option.
- Second method: Turn off the device. Now, press and hold both Volume up + Power buttons together until you see anything on the screen, after which the device should boot into recovery mode.
Note: In Recovery mode, pressing Volume up/down scrolls through the options on the screen while hitting the Power button means you are confirming the current selection.
- In recovery mode, select your language and then select Install update.zip option and confirm your selection by pressing the Power button. This will begin the update process automatically.
- The update will complete after a few minutes and when done, choose Reboot to System and your device will boot to the new and intended software version.
Are you waiting for the Pie update for the Poco F1?