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I just waited patiently without saying anything and I now got the MIUI11 update - and I'm at the tail end of the world in South Africa - it just goes to show if you are patient and do not kick up a fuss you get it quicker.
To be honest I was only expecting to get it in three to four weeks from now since I'm not sure that pilot testing is completed yet and I did not apply for pilot testing - so thank you Xiaomi for such a bonus.
Hopefully it now rolls out to many more people who are also patiently waiting without making a fuss.
Next step is to wait patiently for Android 10 without making a fuss and hopefully we get that sometime around February. But no rush - I'm willing to wait till whenever it's ready and working well