Xiaomi’sMIUI undergoes constant improvements with beta testers playing a pivotal role in the retention and enhancement of features before they’re conveyed over to the stable builds. MIUI has two layers of beta testing – one, closed beta which has a more unstable ROM and is restricted to a limited number of testers and second, an openly available public beta which is mostly stable and stocked with features that are almost ready to be integrated into the stable builds. But as Xiaomi is growing as a brand
, not just in Asia but alsomarkets like Europe, it intends to limit its endeavors with beta testing as well as focus on providing stable updates for its vast catalog of devices.
Through its Community forum, Xiaomi announced that starting July 1st, it will be stopping the roll-out of global beta ROMs. The post notes that since MIUI public beta ROMs are mostly stable, users tend to use it as their daily drivers to cherish new features. However, only a small amount of these users give back to Xiaomi in the form of feedback necessary to fix these features.
Xiaomi emphasizes that with its growing portfolio of devices and newer markets to cater to, it wishes to focus on providing stable experience to users. Besides a more stable experience, this step is expected to allow Xiaomi to push stable updates to devices under the Mi and Redmi branding more frequently. This should also help MIUI evolve as an operating system.
The announcement comes in succession to the company’s previous statement about dropping MIUI beta for entry-level Redmi devices
. What we can interpret from these announcements is that Xiaomi’s strategy of saturating price brackets with many similar smartphones may have finally started to get overwhelming for its developers. Besides entering new markets, Xiaomi and its spin-off brand Redmi have been exploring new avenues with smartphones like theRedmi K20 Pro.
Xiaomi says that it will continue to seek feedback from users but we’re not sure if that (without the availability of beta ROMs) will play out in favor of the tinkerers among us. The good thing is that Xiaomi also provides kernel sources for most of its devices, so you can always turn to the dedicated XDA forums for your Xiaomi smartphone to improve your software experience even further.
We also hope that this decision will help Xiaomi to stay on track with the development of theMIUI 11 andAndroid Q updates for its smartphones.
Source: Mi Community