Poco F1 Android 9 Pie update: To arrive in Q4 2018; MIUI 10 beta 8.9.20 and MIUI 9 stable 9.6.22 available for download

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 Android 9 Pie

  • Beta update to arrive in October 2018
  • Stable version expected in November 2018

At the launch event, the company revealed that the Poco F1 will receive Android Pie update in Q4 2018, however, what remains unclear is whether this will be a beta or stable update. Still, we expect Xiaomi to roll out a beta version to the device first before coming in with the stable version as it has become a tradition, probably towards the end of Q4 2018.

It would have been even better if the device came pre-installed with Pie, especially now that Xiaomi has had access to the software for a while now. Still, most people won’t mind a Q4 update from a company that timely software updates have traditionally been its weakness.

Related: The best Xiaomi phones in 2018

Poco F1 MIUI 10 update

  • Beta version available
  • Stable update expected in October 2018

Speaking of which, the company already opened the Poco beta testing program and those who purchase the device across the globe have until September 12th to submit their interest in running beta software on the device.

While we know the beta software will be MIUI 10, we cannot confirm whether the underlying OS will be Android Pie, but given the promise of a Q4 release date for the OS, it’s likely to be based the one on board.

Update [Sep 13, 2018]: Turns out the initial MIUI 10 beta update is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and not Android Pie as we had anticipated.

Related: Xiaomi Android Pie device list

Poco F1 update timeline

Date Software version Download link Changelog
20 Sep 2018 MIUI 9.6.22 | 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 | 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

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

  1. Download the update file from the table above. The file should be a recovery update ROM, not a fastboot ROM.
  2. Transfer the update file to your Poco F1 if you downloaded it on PC.
  3. Open the Settings app, and tap on About phone.
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  4. Tap on System update.
  5. Tap on 3-dot menu button in the top right.
  6. Tap on Choose update package.
  7. Browse and select the update file you downloaded above.
  8. 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):

  1. Download MIUI ROM Flashing Tool.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Double click on the downloaded ROM file and decompress it.
  5. Open the file folder for the decompressed package and copy its path on your computer.
  6. Decompress the MIUI ROM flashing tool downloaded in Step 1.
  7. Double click on it to install on your PC.
  8. When the installation is done, run MiFlash.exe to open MiFlash software.
  9. In its address bar, paste the folder path of the ROM file copied in Step 5.
  10. Click on the yellow circled-out button to refresh and MiFlash will automatically recognize your device.
  11. Click the red circled-out button to flash the ROM file to the device.
  12. 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.

  1. On your PC, download the latest MIUI ROM for your Poco F1 from above.
  2. Rename the downloaded MIUI ROM file to update.zip as this is required sometimes.
  3. Using a USB cable, connect your Xiaomi device to your PC
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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