Xiaomi HyperOS Introduces Android 13 for Legacy Phones

Xiaomi HyperOS Introduces Android 13 for Legacy Phones

Xiaomi Continues its Old Ways with HyperOS Update

Xiaomi has been gradually rolling out the HyperOS update to eligible devices over the past few months. While initially only newer models received the update, the company has now started beta testing the software for older products. However, an interesting detail has emerged during this process.

HyperOS: A Familiar Experience

When Xiaomi introduced HyperOS, many expected it to mark a fresh chapter in the company's software journey. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. Despite being built from the ground up with a focus on interconnectivity and optimizations, HyperOS is essentially MIUI through and through. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that Xiaomi is retaining an archaic feature.

The Persistence of Multiple Android Versions

Previously, Xiaomi maintained MIUI based on multiple Android versions. With the introduction of HyperOS, many hoped that this trend would come to an end. However, it seems that the company is continuing to follow this practice.

Recently, HyperOS builds for three older Xiaomi devices were made available on the company's server. These devices include the Redmi K40, Xiaomi 12X, and Redmi Note 12 Pro 4G. Surprisingly, the software builds for these handsets are based on the older Android 13 instead of the newer Android 14. As a result, these devices will miss out on their third Android update but will still receive the latest HyperOS.

No Promises Broken, but Criticism Persists

It's important to note that Xiaomi never promised three Android updates for any of these devices. Therefore, the company cannot be blamed for its decision. However, it is still worth criticizing Xiaomi, especially considering that competitors have been stepping up their software game.

Despite this, it's good to know that users of these older Xiaomi smartphones will still get to experience HyperOS. Additionally, it's worth mentioning that the Redmi K40 is also known as the Poco F3 and Mi 11X, while the Redmi Note 12 Pro 4G is a rebadged version of the Redmi Note 10 Pro (Max). Therefore, these three handsets should also receive the HyperOS update.

Overall, while Xiaomi may be continuing its old ways with the HyperOS update, it's still a positive development for users of older devices to have access to the latest software improvements.

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