The MIUI 8 Android 7.0 Nougat closed beta is now being developed for the Xiaomi Mi 4c, Mi 4s, Mi Note and Mi Max smartphones.
Android 7.0 Nougat Closed Beta Now Available
Recently, MIUI Operations Manager @RanGer had revealed that the aforementioned smartphones will be the first set of Xiaomi devices to get Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade. Now, these phones are already receiving MIUI 8 flavored Android 7.0 Nougat closed beta.
Xiaomi Mi Max and Mi 4s are the smartphones that were released earlier this year. The Xiaomi Mi 4c is a midrange phone from 2015 and Xiaomi Mi Note is 2015 flagship smartphone. This indicates that Xiaomi is testing Android 7.0 Nougat on smartphones from this year and last year before rolling out to recent 2016 flagship smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi 5 users were treated with Android 7.0 Developer Edition after it was tested with beta version for a month. In the same way, these smartphones are expected to get Developer ROMs after one month of testing Android N closed beta.
Since it is a closed beta, the update is only available to restricted number of users by invitation. The Android 7.0 Developer ROM for Xiaomi Mi 5 brings version 6.12.8 MIUI 8 that weighs around 1.3 GB.
Xiaomi Mi Note May Note Get Final, Stable Nougat
The GPU of Snapdragon 800 and 801 chipsets are not compatible with the Vulkan API integration found on Android Nougat. Reports suggest that Qualcomm will not be releasing graphics for these chipsets that powered several flagships from 2014 and 2015. Hence, such smartphones are unlikely to get official Android 7.0 Nougat update.
Earlier in this month, Lenovo had confirmed ZUK models that would be receiving Nougat update. In January 2017, the company aims to release Nougat beta for ZUK Z1 that is powered by Snapdragon 801. However, speculations suggest that even though Nougat beta will come to ZUK Z1, it won’t receive the final and stable Nougat upgrade.
It is interesting to see Xiaomi testing Android 7.0 Nougat beta on Mi Note that is powered by Snapdragon 801 chipset. Hence, it is likely that it may also not receive final edition of Nougat update.