iPhones are known for their long-update support. Now, Android and its OEMs are finally starting to catch up.
One of those OEMs is Xiaomi, which will join Android brands that offer some of the longest software support. In an announcement made on its official Weibo account, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi said that starting with the Redmi K60 Extreme Edition, select phones will now get four major Android updates and five years of security patches.
Quite a bold move, especially for a brand that offers bang-for-the-buck products. Seeding OTA updates, especially upgrading phones to major Android versions, can cost a fortune for the brand. Hence, we’re curious how this will affect Xiaomi/Redmi’s pricing. To give you an idea, both Samsung and OnePlus also offer 4 years of updates.
It’s also not clear how many MIUI updates will each phone get since most MIUI versions often emit some features that the base Android version has.
Also, since the announcement was made in China, we’ll have to wait if this will also apply to their global releases. As said earlier, it will start with the Redmi K60 Extreme Edition, which is expected to be a rebranded Xiaomi 13T Pro slated for international markets.