Xiaomi’s Poco F1 has to be among the most talked about Android smartphones of recent times. It is currently the most affordable phone to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, generally used on expensive, flagship-grade Android phones. Thanks to the incredible value for money proposition the phone is, the Poco F1 (review) has been literally flying off the shelves. Everything, however, wasn’t hunky-dory for the Poco F1.
Ever since its launch, people who bought the device talked about several ‘flaws’ of the phone. Xiaomi has already addressed several of these issues – mostly to the satisfaction of users. However, two of the most talked about ‘issues’ of the Poco F1 was the unavailability of the 4K 60fps mode in the video option, and the lack of Widevine L1 support for DRM video content on platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and Hotstar. Xiaomi has confirmed in a recent forum post that they plan to issue software updates to fix both these issues shortly.
What does the Poco F1 MIUI Forum post say?
A recent thread on the MIUI Forum has addressed several issues that the Poco F1 currently faces, and has confirmed that the company is looking to solve all of those. Let us take a look at what some of these issues are.
Widevine L1 Support
The Poco F1 should get Widevine L1 support within the fourth quarter of 2018. The company first plans to run a series of beta tests this quarter before they issue a final update that would enable Widevine L1 support later.
Support 4K 60fps on the rear camera
Currently, the Poco F1 does not support video recording at 60fps in either of the 1080p and 4k resolutions. The company, however, is working on enabling these modes on the Poco F1 soon. There is no ETA as to when these features would finally arrive for the F1 though.
Other future feature additions for the Poco F1
The same forum post also talks about a bunch of other features that the Poco F1 would soon receive. This includes a new feature where users would be able to see the number of pending notifications pertaining to a specific app on the app icon itself — for example, if you have four unseen notifications for Instagram, you would be able to see the number of notifications on the Instagram app icon itself. This feature is being tested on an upcoming beta version of the MIUI 10 for the Poco F1.
Another much-requested update is to make the corners of the display as rounded as the area at the bottom when the user turns the notch off. Currently, the curves at the top and the bottom look asymmetric. This feature may soon arrive as part of a software update.
Users have also asked Xiaomi to offer a better, more efficient support for apps to adjust them better for the tall 18:9 aspect ratio.
Apart from all these, Xiaomi is also working with Gameloft to ensure that people can install games like Asphalt 8 and Asphalt 9 from the Google Play Store. Currently, several users are unable to do the same as the games appear as incompatible with the Poco F1.
Poco F1 users were also unable to use ‘Ok Google’ features. This is expected to be fixed as well in a future update. The company is currently beta testing this feature on the device.
These are some of the new updates that the Poco F1 is slated to receive the next few months. Once these updates officially arrive for the device, most of the complaints that people had about the device should be solved.