Q looks to be arriving very soon, especially as Google just dropped the Android Q-specific security patches yesterday. As a result, companies are ramping up development to have everything ready to go as soon as possible. OEMs like Essential will likely have their update out very soon, but others with more software modifications like Xiaomi, Huawei, and OnePlus may take a little bit longer. Xiaomi’s efforts are seemingly going well so far though as the latest version of MIUI based on Android Q is very near completion. I made a video for XDA TVgoing over its current state, which you can check out below. There’s some cool features, one particularly weird feature, and a couple of bugs as well.
Of course, we took a look at Android Q on the Xiaomi Mi 9 a while ago, which had a new launcher and some other Android Q-specific features. The biggest takeaway here though is that system-wide dark mode finally works, and it actually makes apps turn into an AMOLED black theme, not dark gray which Google has been pushing with their apps. There isn’t a huge difference when it comes to battery life, but some may prefer AMOLED black instead of a dark gray. Another feature the more privacy-conscious will love is the ability to only grant location access to an application while you’re using it. Most other features are implemented by MIUI version though, and not by Android system version.
Currently, Android Q on the Xiaomi Mi 9 is near perfection, and it hopefully won’t be too long until it officially releases for the device. Obviously, its release is primarily at the behest of whenever Google releases it for the Google Pixel family, but it hopefully won’t be too long after that Xiaomi can release theirs. We’re looking forward to the finished version!