Major leaders in smartphone industry, including Samsung, may be running behind schedule in bringing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its devices, but Xiaomi, which earned a global name with its budget phones, seems to be set to release the software to its devices.

The Chinese smartphone-maker has completed Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta testing for Xiaomi Mi Note, and it will be rolled out to the device on Friday, 22 January, according to My Drivers (via GizChina). 

The report went on to say the Developer Edition of Xiaomi Mi Note has already got the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 7 update, and it's not known if it is the final one or a development ROM.

It was earlier reported that Xiaomi had started beta-testing the software for its devices like Mi 3, Mi 4 and Mi Note, but there was no follow-up on it, leaving Xiaomi handset-owners confused.

Xiaomi is expected to release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to devices like Xiaomi Mi3, Xiaomi Mi4, Xiaomi Mi4i, Xiaomi Mi4c, Xiaomi Note 2, Xiaomi Note 2 Prime, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note.

The latest operating system from Google came with LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P in October last year before being rolled out to LG Nexus 5 (2013), Nexus 5 and many other devices from Motorola, LG and HTC.