It hasn’t been long since the release of Android Pie. Hence, as of now, only the Google’s own Pixel devices have received the official Android Pie update which is obvious enough. However, kudos to the unofficial development sector a handful of devices are now able to taste the latest Android version. One among them, which is lucky to have the latest Android Pie unofficial port is the 2016 hit-machine – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Before heading for the guide to install Android P on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, just check the features of Android P.
As you know, the Redmi Note 4 is neither officially Project Treble supported nor included under Android P DP eligible devices. Despite a talented Indian dev, abhishek987 over at the world’s largest development community XDA has successfully ported an Android Pie AOSP based port for the device. Surprisingly fast and incredible isn’t it, given that the OEM itself would take a lot more time to come with the same for it. Adding up the spice, the AOSP port for the Mido(codename) is stable as stock ROM with no major bugs as per the dev.
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Flash/Install Android P on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
That said, if you’ve keen interest to try the Android Pie on your Redmi Note 4. Don’t waste anymore time and follow the detailed step-by-step procedure listed below.
Make sure your device is fully prepared for the flashing process. That is enough battery level and to be on safer side, take backup of your whole device. Most importantly, download and store the following files safely on the root folder of your SD Card.
- Treble Enabled TWRP Build: Download.
- AOSP 9.0.0 ROM For Redmi Note4(mido): Download.
- BitGapps [9.0.0]: Download.
- Magisk v16.7(optional): Download
Steps To Install Android Pie AOSP ROM on Redmi Note 4
Important: Proceed further if and only if you know the danger associated with flashing custom binaries or ROMs. Follow the procedure carefully and a careless mistake might render your device useless. Carry on at your own risk!
- Unlock the bootloader of your Redmi Note 4, and flash the above TWRP. You may refer our guide to flash TWRP article on how to do that.
- Boot to TWRP and do a full-wipe(system, data, and cache partition).
- Now, on the TWRP main screen choose the Install option and go to the place where you’ve stored the ROM and bitgapps zip.
- Firstly, flash the AOSP ROM zip.
- Then, flash the BiTGApps zip file.
- Optionally, flash the Magisk 16.7 if root is needed.
- Finally, Reboot to system.
AOSP ROM General Info
AOSP is pure Android as how Google publish without other modifications. More or less AOSP is the Nexus/Pixel devices stock rom without GApps. It’s just recently when Google released the AOSP of the latest Android Pie, and that’s what helped the developers to port it to myriads of capable devices unofficially.
However, the AOSP ROM for the Redmi Note includes few non-AOSP features added by the dev for a better user experience. Moreover following things are working properly.
What’s working :
- RIL (Calls, SMS, Data)
- IR Blaster
- Video Playback
When it comes to bugs, there are nothing serious other than minor software issues which are quite normal in unofficial ports.
- Hardware encryption
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 even haven’t received the official Android Oreo update yet, and is unlikely to happen. Despite, it’s a boon for the device users that there exist an active development community which makes the latest Android version possible on it, surprisingly quick after all. You can follow the above guide to install Android P on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
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If you’ve successfully flashed the ROM on your device. We’d be pleased to know your experience with the ROM. In case of any queries, don’t hesitate to seek assistance down in the comment section below.