While Google’s latest Pixel devices are typically the first to be launched with Android’s latest flavor, Chinese OEM Vivo hit Google with its Vivo V20 last year. The device was the first new smartphone to launch Android 11 out of the box, hitting the new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G by just a few hours. Since then, Vivo has launched a few other devices running the latest Funtouch OS-based Android 11 flavor, but the company has yet to release updates to older devices.
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We’ve started the roll-out for more #vivo devices starting from the #X50Series.#vivo #FuntouchOS #android11 pic.twitter.com/2Yu9V8ijpQ— Funtouch OS (@FuntouchOS_IN) January 8, 2021
Although Vivo has previously released a Funtouch OS 11 beta for the Nex 3S 5G and the iQOO 3 4G/5G, the company hasn’t shared an update timeline for other devices in its portfolio. That changes today, as Vivo has now shared a Funtouch OS beta roll-out plan on Twitter. According to the tweet, Vivo has already started rolling out the Funtouch OS 11 beta to the X50 Pro last month. The Vivo V19 and X50 should start receiving their first beta releases by the end of this month.
Older devices, like the Vivo V17, V17 Pro, V15 Pro, and S1, will start receiving the first Funtouch OS 11 beta by the end of March 2021. The Vivo S1 Pro, Z1x, and Z1 Pro will follow soon thereafter by the end of April 2021. And finally, the Vivo V15 will receive its first Android 11 beta by the end of June 2021. The beta releases for all the aforementioned devices will roll out in a staggered fashion, with users receiving the update in small batches. Once Vivo ensures that the beta release doesn’t have any critical bugs, the devices should receive the stable version of Funtouch OS 11 based on Android 11. As of now, the company hasn’t shared a release timeline for the stable update.
It’s worth noting that Vivo has already launched a new Android skin called OriginOS, which is expected to replace Funtouch OS in the future. But, for the time being, the company hasn’t clarified exactly when the new Android skin will land on its devices. Currently, Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are the only devices in its portfolio to run OriginOS 1.0 based on Android 11.