Google released Android 11 Beta 1 two weeks ago, and up until now, several devices have become part of the Google Beta Program. The beta program enables non-Pixel users to test the features of the Android 11 before the public release.
Out of several Chinese OEMs, Xiaomi also jumped the bandwagon and issued the Android 11 beta update to a handful of its devices including Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Poco F2 Pro. However, the beta was stock Android and not MIUI, which is the Android skin running on nearly all Xiaomi devices. So even if Mi users sideload the Android 11 update, it will eventually be replaced with MIUI 12 based on Android 11.
But Xiaomi has now begun Android 11 based MIUI 12 beta testing, and closed betas are now available for Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro users. For those who don’t know, MIUI 12 Closed Beta updates are early builds and originally intended for developers. They target the Chinese variants of Xiaomi devices, therefore, lack Google Play services and Google Apps. On top of that, there are only two language options — Chinese and English.
Since it’s an early MIUI 12 Android 11 update, it reportedly lacks several Android 11 features. Moreover, there are several bugs and issues. Here are some known issues:
- There are some issues with the status bar.
- The camera night function is not available.
- Little love students do not support Voice Wake.
- Long screen capture is not supported.
- It does not support the Xiaomi mutual transfer function.
- Store upgrade app failure.
Closed beta members in China can easily install the update through the Mi Updater or official recovery options. However, it is different for Mi 10 global beta users and the general public as they will need to flash the update via third party recovery. In other words, not only do they need to have their Xiaomi device’s bootloader unlocked, but they should also know the dangers of flashing a ROM.
We advise users to proceed with caution and backup their data before flashing the MIUI 12 Android 11 Closed Beta update.