Realme 9i enters the Android 12 early access program

It’s sad to see smartphones launching at this point with Android 11, but it’s still happening. The situation is improving, but earlier this year we saw many smartphones coming with Android 11 for a number of reasons. The Realme 9i was a smartphone from 2022, the first of the Realme 9 series, but unfortunately arrived with Android 11 and Realme UI 2.0 Its siblings Realme 9 Pro and Realme 9 Pro+ arrived with Realme UI 3.0 which is based on Android 12 Several months after launch, the company is finally bringing the phone into the Realme UI 3.0 early access program. Early Access certainly means the device will take at least two or three months to reach stability, but better late than never.

Realme promised to open the early access program in May and almost missed it. However, a few hours in June, the company managed to announce the extension of the program to the Realme 9i. As usual, early access means this is an unfinished build on its early stages. Also, places are limited. So it’s best to be quick if you want to experience Android 12 on your device from day zero. The process is simple. Just head to the Settings menu >> Software Update. You will be able to tap Trial Version >> Apply Now. You will submit the required details. If your application is accepted, you will receive an update.

Realme 9i is now a few steps away from Android 12 and Realme UI 3.0

To be more precise, there are only 1000 slots for this early access version. It is therefore better to hurry if you are bored with Android 11 and want to discover Realme UI 3.0 and its new goodies. However, keep in mind that as initial software, the update will contain bugs. These bugs can compromise the user experience. Especially if you need the phone’s features to work stably for an entire day. So, if the device is your daily driver and you don’t have time to restore the software, it’s best to wait a few months.

We say months because Realme opened the Early Access program for the Realme 8i in March 2022. The device is now reaching the “Open Beta” channel at the end of this month. Open Beta is still a few steps away from stability, but we can see a gap of two to three months between Early Access and Stability. The Realme 9i can cross a similar passage. Unless Realme decides to be faster with the 2022 smartphone. Honestly we don’t think that will happen, the device is from early 2022 and had to wait until now to enter the program. So, better to be patient.

The company is busy with the imminent release of the Realme GT Neo 3T, but it’s good to see the software team keep pushing forward.

Ryan H. Bowman