“The Android Pie update development was suspended for the series earlier but Xiaomi has now started rolling it to the handsets”
The one-year-old Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A duo that originally launched with Android 8.1 Oreo is finally now receiving a stable update of Android 9.0 Pie, as per forum posts by users in India. Both these devices have previously got the MIUI 10 update but the Android Pie update is arriving just now. The update is said to be around 1.3GB. Redmi 6 users will get an OTA with the version MIUI 10.4.1.0.PCGMIXM while Redmi 6A users will get an OTA with MIUI 10.4.1.0.PCBMIXM version.
The forum thread for the update doesn’t mention a detailed changelog but there’s a clear description of a system-wide Dark Mode and a July 2019 security patch. According to some users, face unlock for apps is now an additional feature which wasn’t available earlier. Apart from that, most new features arrived for users with the transition from MIUI 9.1 to MIUI 10. In related news, Xiaomi has also released kernel source codes for both devices on its Github. The Android Pie update for these two devices was halted a couple of weeks earlier but Xiaomi finally rebooted it with a beta test and a stable update this week.
The Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are just one-year-old handsets and should technically be eligible for one more OS version update but considering Android Pie is just being released, users shouldn’t keep their hopes very high for Android Q update right now. Xiaomi is currently testing Android Q beta for a handful of devices such as the Redmi K20 Pro, Mi 9, and Mi MIX 3 5G in China. We expect the Redmi K20 Pro in India to commence beta for the same version soon.
As for the OTA, it should arrive at some time if it’s not there already. However, for those who can’t wait, it can be done manually by navigating to Settings > About Phone > System update.