Xiaomi has a tradition of involving users in its MIUI Beta testing for their devices. The Beta testing is in two forms – one mean for a very limited number of testers and more widespread public beta which is mostly stable and stocked with features that are almost ready to be integrated into the stable builds. Beta testers are first to test out new features for Xiaomi and are required to return with feedback, but seems not serving its purpose.
Consequently, Xiaomi has announced on its Mi Forum it will kill the Global MIUI Beta Program effective July 1. This obviously isn’t the best news for those looking forward to more beta updates, however, Xiaomi has a reasonable and genuine excuse for its action.
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In its community post, Xiaomi acknowledged it is growing at an incredible pace, especially with the introduction of more sub-brands. The implication it is selling more phones, hence more users than ever are signing up for the beta – so its developers are probably overwhelmed with having to meet up with the updates.
Moreover, Xiaomi explains that while the original purpose of the beta program is to allow for feedback from users, most Beta tester never bothers with feedback at all, and even continue the software on their device without the stable update.
Despite this, we will continue to communicate with our users on various platforms and concentrate on improving the stable version of MIUI. In fact, this will enable developers to provide a better optimized stable version of MIUI ensuring a great experience for all. All the required security updates will still be delivered to every user in a timely manner.