Poco F1 now receiving Widevine L1 certification via MIUI Beta OTA update

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 27 Feb 2019

POCO delivered on its promise of offering Widevine L1 certification via an OTA update by using the new provisions set by Google.

Poco F1 now receiving Widevine L1 certification via MIUI Beta OTA update

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  • Poco F1 is now receiving the Widevine L1 certificate via a MIUI Beta OTA update.
  • The DRM certificate will allow Poco F1 users to stream content in HD.
  • However, the phone reportedly still can't stream HD content on Netflix.
Standing true to its words, Xiaomi’s POCO F1 will soon receive the Widevine L1 certification via an OTA update. The certification is presently being rolled out via a MIUI Beta update to Poco F1 users who have signed up for the Beta program. With the Widevine L1 certification, Poco F1 users will be able to stream premium content in HD resolution. However, even after the update, the HD streaming is restricted to Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar. The smartphone is reportedly yet to receive certification for streaming HD content on Netflix. 
Poco India General Manager, C.Manmohan revealed the news via a Tweet that states — 
"Guys! You asked for it, we got it. #POCOF1 is now Widevine L1 certified. We have started rolling out an OTA update (version - 9.2.25) for beta users . Once the beta test is complete, we shall roll it in the upcoming stable updates. We really appreciate your patience.”
It was earlier assumed the Widevine L1 certification couldn’t be done via an OTA update as the unique key required to enable the feature needed to be installed via a certified PC. However, Google made an update in the way Widevine certification is received have allowed OTA provisioning since the middle of 2017. That was right after the time the OnePlus 5T was asked to be sent to the service center to get the upgraded DRM license. You can read more about how the process works here. 
However, despite getting the upgraded certificate, the Poco F1 won’t be able to stream HD content on Netflix as Netflix reserves the right to allow devices to stream in HD, despite having the required Widevine L1 certification. 
The update will be pushed out to all the users, once the beta testing of the feature is complete, according to POCO. Presently, the Poco F1 has Widevine L3 which only allows streaming in 540p on Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
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