Vivo Announces Android 11-Based Funtouch OS 11 Beta Update Schedule for India


Vivo has announced the rollout schedule for the beta version of its Android 11-based Funtouch OS 11 in India that will go on till June. The Vivo V20 debuted with the stable version of Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11 in October, and the Vivo X50 Pro started receiving the update last month, but the company was yet to announce the schedule for its older models. The update schedule has devices ranging from the budget segment to the premium segment.

The company took to Twitter to reveal its Android 11-based Funtouch OS 11 beta rollout plan. Vivo clarified that users will receive the update on a batch-by-batch basis. The Vivo V20 and the Vivo V20 Pro are already running on the latest OS. The Vivo X50 Pro, too, started receiving the update last month, Vivo said.

The Vivo V19 and the Vivo X50 will start receiving the Android 11-based Funtouch OS 11 beta version update at the end of January 2021, while Vivo V17, Vivo V17 Pro, Vivo V15 Pro, and Vivo S1 will start receiving the update from the end of March this year.

The Funtouch OS 11 beta update will start rolling out to Vivo S1 Pro, Vivo Z1x, and Vivo Z1Pro from the end of April this year, and finally to Vivo V15 at the end of June 2021.

The eligible Vivo devices will receive Android 11 features such as chat bubbles, conversation notifications, redesigned media controls, built-in screen recording, updated power menu, enhanced privacy and security, and more.

Meanwhile, a much-anticipated premium smartphone from the company, the Vivo X60 Pro+, has been tipped to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, as per a recent report. The smartphone’s 3C network certification listing suggests that it will come with 5G support as well as 55W Super Flash fast charging. The Vivo X60 and the Vivo X60 Pro were launched in China on December 30, and the Vivo X60 Pro+ is expected to debut sometime this month.

Which is the bestselling Vivo smartphone in India? Why has Vivo not been making premium phones? We interviewed Vivo’s director of brand strategy Nipun Marya to find out, and to talk about the company’s strategy in India going forward. We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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