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Let's clarify the new Xiaomi policy for changing the ROMs

It is now quite clear that with the advent of one Global Xiaomi, the Chinese house has decided to abandon its company name "open to modding" and the times when we loaded everything on our Mi2 are now light years away.

Recently we have already made the acquaintance of two choices that have made a lot of discussion:anti rollback and new timing for unlocking the bootloader.

All this is happening in favor of a clear division between the terminals for the Chinese market and the Global ones. This need is all in all understandable but the methods and timing with which these changes are happening, are creating a lot of confusion and problems for international users.

Yesterday is the latest news reported however by an admin of the international forum and not, as would seem logical, by an official announcement of Xiaomi itself.

1. Xiaomi Phones manufactured for MIUI Global ROM.
2. Xiaomi Phones manufactured for MIUI China ROM.

Basically, it would no longer be possible to flash ROM Global on phones destined for the Chinese market, and vice versa.

However, the situation is slightly more complicated and smoky due to the absence of an official announcement. So we try to clarify on the basis of the cases, unfortunately not verifiable, collected up to now.

Phones for the Chinese market

  • They can (obviously) update and flash any MIUI China with BL blocked and not.
  • They can lock the bootloader (BL) only if they are fitted with the MIUI China version
  • The MIUI Global can only be unlocked and flashed, but only after having unlocked the BL that must remain the penalty for the brick
  • They can mount ROM Custom (xiaomi.eu, MIUI Italia, etc) but only after having unlocked the BL that must remain such a penalty the brick

Telephones for the Global market

  • They can (obviously) update and flash any MIUI Global with BL blocked and not.
  • They can lock the bootloader (BL) only if they mount the MIUI Global version
  • The MIUI China can be unlocked and flashed, but only after having unlocked the BL that the penalty must remain the brick
  • They can mount ROM Custom (xiaomi.eu, MIUI Italia, etc) but only after having unlocked the BL that must remain such a penalty the brick

Basically, as you will have understood, these restrictions would only apply to phones with locked BootLoaders, a rather rare situation since for the transition from one branch to another it was still necessary to unlock the BL.

Pending the (hopefully imminent) official announcement that should make more clarity on the situation, we invite you not to abandon yourself to alarmism. We also recommend, just for caution, to curb your itching modding and avoid updating your devices if not absolutely certain of the version in your possession.

We will update this articles as new evidences or information will show up. We are also available for any clarification.

Stay tuned!

To find out if your phone has the bootloader unlocked, just restart and verify the presence of the writing at startup unlocked. For old devices it is necessary to use the "fastboot oem device-info" command with the phone in fastboot

If you are not aware of the difference between the different branches of MIUI, here is an in-depth article: Guide to the differences between the MIIA versions of Xiaomi

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Blogger, but above all passionate about technology. I am part of a generation that has passed from the cathode ray tube to smartphones, making me witness to an unprecedented technological evolution. From 2012 I assiduously follow the Xiaomi brand that with the conveyance of various projects led me to realize XiaomiToday.it, the home of all the Italian Xiaomisti. Write: [Email protected]

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