Xiaomi Mi 5
Xiaomi Mi 5Screenshot from Xiaomi Website

Xiaomi hasn't announced Android 7.0 Nougat update road map for its popular devices, but it appears to be working to release it as soon as possible. A screenshot of the company's operating system MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat has been leaked on Weibo, giving a hint that the firmware update could come to its handsets like Xiaomi Note 3, Redmi 3, Mi Max, Mi 5, and Mi Note, among others.

The Chinese technology giant is tight-lipped on Android 7.0 Nougat update schedule for its devices but reports have claimed that it could be seeded by the end of this year or early next year. The firmware may first come to the Mi 5, Mi Max and Note 4 before expanding to other devices. The process of firmware update may stretch to the second half of 2017.

[READ: Android 7.0 Nougat update schedule for Samsung Galaxy devices]

Xiaomi hasn't announced the list of devices that will receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update but the ones that are very likely to get it includes the Redmi Pro, Mi 4s, Mi 4c, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 4, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 3, Redmi 3s, Redmi 3A, Mi Max, Mi Note, Mi Note Pro, Mi Pad 2 and Mi 4i.

Meanwhile, the processors powering handsets like Xiaomi Mi 2, Mi 2S, Mi 3, Mi 4 and Redmi are not compatible with Android 7.0 Nougat's Vulcan API, which means these devices will get the firmware update.

Android 7.0 Nougat first came with LG V20. It was then seeded to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and Android One before the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were released running the OS.

The new firmware has features like multi-window, direct reply notifications, extra power efficiency, Google Assistant, VR interface, seamless updates, screen zoom, clear all, data saver, improved file browser, instant apps, app switch, bundled notifications, improved Java 8 language support, and new emojis.