As we already reported some time ago, Xiaomi prepares a few Windows 10 devices. And now, the company has released the Windows 10 Mobile ROM for its Xiaomi Mi 4 Android device. The new ROM allows users to successfully run a Windows 10 Mobile build on their Xiaomi Mi 4 devices, but unfortunately, not all users of this handset will have an opportunity to try Windows 10 Mobile on their phone.
Namely, Windows 10 Mobile ROM is only available for LTE-enabled version of Xiaomi Mi 4, which means that the Xiaomi Mi 4M, which is widely used worldwide, doesn’t support the installation of Windows 10 Mobile, yet.
You can flash the ROM on your supported Xiaomi Mi 4 device using Miflash 2016, a special tool for installing Windows 10 Mobile on this device, provided by Microsoft (you can find step-by-step guide, as well as the download link on MIUI Forums). However, Xiaomi warns you that the operating system might still contain certain bugs, so users should install the ROM at their own risk. The MIUI forum thread says:
“[…] you can get the ROM as well as the detailed tutorial for flashing it by registering yourself in the microsoft insider program. By registering you will also become an important part of Mi and Microsoft community, and your feedback will direct Microsoft engineer, you will be a part for creating Windows system for tomorrow!”
Since the ROM is available only to LTE-enabled variant of Xiaomi Mi 4, it is not advised to try to install it on other versions of the phone, because various problems might occur, and your phone might be even left bricked.
Windows Phone maybe started out a little slowly, but the fact that more and more companies now want to develop Windows 10 Mobile devices is great for Microsoft, and the handset operating system itself. Also, providing ROMs like this will allow users to use Windows 10 on their Android devices, which will also boost the popularity of the system.