Meizu once was one of the most relevant smartphone makers in China. The company made some important devices for the global market as a whole such as the Meizu MX5. However, the company lost some appeal in recent years. Apparently, it failed to build a solid global strategy like other classic companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Huawei. While these companies are important players in the global smartphone market, Meizu is just a company with a lot of stories but a small presence in global markets. The brand’s latest attempt in the global smartphone series was the Meizu 17 series made of Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro.
Another point where the company struggles is in its software department. Other Chinese players learned from their mistakes in the past and changed their software philosophy to provide constant updates for their smartphones. That’s a global demand that asks for continuous software support when buying a new smartphone. Meizu never had a good update track record with its Flyme OS. The company is also known for leaving devices behind or canceling software updates months after announcing. Despite this, Meizu still wants to ensure that at least its most recent flagships will be running the latest Android version.
The closed Android 11-based build is rolling out for Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro
The Chinese brand started closed beta recruitment for this year’s flagship Meizu 17 series. The company will only accept the first 3,000 registrations for each device. So if you have a Meizu 17 phone laying around you will need to be fast. Now, the company confirmed that the first internal beta version is rolling out for the devices today. The update will reach those who successfully signed up for beta recruitment. In order to apply for beta updates, your device needs to be running Flyme 188.8.131.52A. To participate, head to the System Update option under the Settings and fill in the required details.
Of course, this build isn’t recommended if the Meizu 17 is your daily driver. After all, beta builds may contain bugs or cause issues to your smartphones. The new firmware must be in the very early stages of development. This can explain why it is arriving as a closed beta. According to Meizu, the devices will get a stable update in Spring 2021. Other eligible devices are yet to be revealed, but we don’t have big aspirations. The company also needs to disclose what is really changed in Flyme with the new update. We expect more details to appear next year, close to the stable rollout.