POCO F1 Gets Dark Mode Feature in POCO Launcher, Android 9 Pie Open Beta to Roll Out Soon

Xiaomi has released a new version of POCO launcher with a Dark Mode feature and will release the Android 9 Pie MIUI 10 update later this month.


The Pocophone F1, or POCO F1, is a smartphone sold by the Poco sub-brand of Xiaomi. When this phone was first introduced, it changed people’s perspective about flagship smartphones. Until the launch of this phone, consumers considered the OnePlus devices to be the flagship killer. However, the POCO F1 is currently the flagship flagship killer. It offers better value for money when compared to the OnePlus 6 or even the 6T.

Xiaomi has also been providing timely software updates for this device. The POCO F1 (review) runs on EMUI 9, similar to other latest Xiaomi smartphones, but features a new POCO launcher. The company has released a new version of POCO launcher and has given more details regarding the Android 9 Pie update for the phone.

Poco Launcher Gets Dark Mode Feature

On the official MIUI forum, Xiaomi releases a weekly post where it talks about all the feedback it has received from users, upcoming changes in new software, and details all the bugs that have been discovered in the previous week. In the latest weekly post, the company states that a new version of POCO launcher is now available on the Play Store. Users can download the update to get a new Dark Mode option. This new option will enable a Dark Mode throughout the system UI and has been requested by several users.

Prior to this, the POCO launcher received an update that allowed users to customize App icon sizes and Desktop grid. Xiaomi actively listens to the feedback of its consumers and works on it. According to the company, it is also developing 4K 60FPS mode for the POCO F1, Face Unlock option for App Lock, Widevine L1 support, and a full-screen mode with hidden notch for some apps. Apart from all these upcoming new features, Xiaomi is also working on fixing bugs and issues in previous or current MIUI 10 versions.

Android 9 Pie Based MIUI 10 Stable

The Pocophone F1 has already received the stable MIUI 10 software update, but it is still based on Android 8.1 Oreo. As per Xiaomi, it is currently working on the Android 9.0 Pie based Open Beta software. However, the phone started receiving an Android 9.0 Pie based Global Open beta ROM in mid-November. This means that the software is currently in testing and a public beta or stable version should be released in December.

The Android 9.0 Pie update for the Poco F1 will bring several new UI changes, customizations, improved battery life, and other features. If Xiaomi sticks to its schedule, a stable MIUI 10 ROM based on Android Pie should be available in a couple weeks. The weekly post states that the Android P based Open Beta will be available in December.

Xiaomi is also said to launch new variants of the Poco F1 in India and European regions very soon. We have received information that there will be two new RAM+storage variants of the Poco F1 Armoured Edition. You can expect 6GB RAM+64GB ROM and 6GB RAM+128GB ROM variants of the phone to be available soon. As of now, Xiaomi only ships the Armoured version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. If that is too much for you, then you could get your hands on the lower variants. Other specifications remain the same, but we expect these variants to be priced a little higher than standard models.