Android 10 Rolling Out to the Essential Phone and Redmi K20 Pro


Android 10 made its grand appearance today and is rolling out to all three Pixels. Time and again, we've seen Essential roll out software updates alongside Google (and in one rare instance, even before Google). Things are no different with Android 10, as the Essential Phone is now receiving the much-awaited tenth version of Android. Downloads for factory images and OTAs have also been posted to Essential's site. Essential says the rollout has started for "select" customers, so it's likely a staged rollout that may take a few days to conclude.

The third place is usually reserved for OnePlus or Nokia, but this time around, we have a new contender in the field. Xiaomi is in the process of rolling out Android 10 for the K20 Pro in China and India. It is also worth noting that Xiaomi had an active Android 10 beta running for the K20 Pro.

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The Android 10 build for the Redmi K20 Pro is still based on MIUI 10, specifically MIUI in China and MIUI for India. It may take a while for an OTA to arrive on to your device and the only other alternative is to sideload the build off Xiaomi's website. Indian users need to download this build while Chinese users will have to go for this one. The OTA weighs in at around 2.2GB and is based on the August security patches.

We don't know anything about a global rollout of the software just yet. It would be reasonable to assume that it would take Xiaomi a week or so to get the ball rolling in other regions, but delays are always a thing. I'm legitimately surprised that Xiaomi managed to pull this off, considering that the company had had a troublesome past when it came to timely updates. I'm not complaining, though. An OEM releasing lightning-quick updates is always a good thing, as it pressures competition into doing the same.