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[ROM][13][OFFICIAL][ginkgo/willow] PixelExperience 13

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Jan 26, 2015
Top 1 rom for the Redmi Note 8. The only thing I would ask for it is that getting the GCAM fully working, even if it doesn't have the 48mpx but all cameras functioning.


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Nov 3, 2022
Sadly not, ota updates aren't working without a working PE recovery... But you can dirty flash a full rom zip with TWRP to update to latest version manually.
Are you facing the same problem?
i found the solution, take the dtbo.img files from pe rom you download before, and then flash it with fastboot after you flash the recovery.

Command to flash : "fastboot flash tdbo tdbo.img"

and then reboot
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Apr 21, 2023
Redmi Note 8
i found the solution, take the dtbo.img files from pe rom you download before, and then flash it with fastboot after you flash the recovery.

Command to flash : "fastboot flash tdbo tdbo.img"

and then reboot
fastboot flash --disable-verity --disable-verification vbmeta vbmeta.img and get the vbmeta.img from any custom ROM.

It's been in the thread about how you do this for five years now.


Apr 23, 2022
Last update is really good on willow.
Everything seems a lot much more reactive and fluid.
Boot time has been improved.
Battery indication has been fixed.
The notification trail (also the volume bar) are a lot more reactive and have seen some style/responsiveness improvements.
And battery usage seems to have been lowered.

So thank you for this really good update and all the efforts associated with. Loving this ROM.
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Apr 21, 2023
I love the Rom but I have a problem, it won't let me download to the external memory on Netflix, any solution?


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Dec 30, 2015
this is the best experience i have had with the redmi note 8, everything is smooth and fast. The only problem I have is that the microphone doesn't work for me to send voice notes, record audio or calls, but when it records a video it does work. It's the only bug I've found.
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Apr 24, 2023
Hi. Is it possible to make the vibrations more sensitive when pulling out the notification bar? For me, on a real Pixel, I feel vibrations, and on Custom Rom, unfortunately, with the case on, I feel practically nothing


Jun 26, 2015
Redmi Note 8
Is this all o.k ?

Steps 2 update pixel experience version ( no version upgrade ) when pixel experience recovery is already installed & magisk installed:

0.) deactivate magisk modules + Fingerprint / Pin of android

1.) extract new version of pixel experience on pc

2.) patch boot.img of new pixel exp-version ( extracted ) with new magisc-.manager resulting in magisk_patched-252000__xxx

—->> transfer boot.img to ext. sdcard + patch it with magic manager

— >> transfer magisk_patched-252000__xxx to pc

4.) a.) reboot to recovery

b.) update pixel experience recovery via side load: fastboot flash recovery PixelExperience_gingko_13.0-20230504-0304-OFFICIAL.img

5.) fastboot sideload PixelExperience_gingko_13.0-20230504-0304-OFFICIAL-zip

6.) fastboot flash boot magisk_patched-252000__xxx

7.) fastboot reboot

8.) activate all modules already installed within magisk

9.) create PIN / fingerprint for android
10.) reboot


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Oct 19, 2019
Hi all,

I flashed pixel experience 12 for my ginkgo device last year with PE recovery, and everything was working fine. I was using dual SIM and both slots were operational.
Recently, i decided to clean install PE13 plus. After flashing the PE updated recovery again, and the 13 plus build, i found everything to be working fine again, except the network. Wifi works fine, but it says "No connection' against the SIM. Same behavior is observed for both SIM slots. Upon searching for network manually, it successfully finds the available networks but I'm unable to register to the relevant network.

Could i have missed something during the installation or is it a ROM related issue? I see that it works fine for most in the thread, but a handful few also seem to have a similar problem, but not exactly the same.


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    PixelExperience for Redmi Note 8/8T[ginkgo]

    What is this?
    PixelExperience is an AOSP based ROM, with Google apps included and all Pixel goodies (launcher, wallpapers, icons, fonts, boot animation)

    Our mission is to offer the maximum possible stability and security, along with essential and useful features for the proper functioning of the device

    Based on Android 12

    Whats working?
    Mobile data
    FM radio
    Fingerprint reader
    Enforcing Selinux
    NFC (willow)

    Known issues
    You tell me


    Liked my work? Give me a beer

    Help with project translation

    Stay tuned
    Our Telegram channel
    Our blog

    Clean mandatory? (Coming from PE A12)

    Edit: Just done it dirty, so I guess not
    I have few suggestions to devs for next builds:

    1. Add a working MIUI camera app(ANXcam) or optimized GCAM for this device.
    2. Add an option to remove until xx.xx time for battery on quick settings menu
    3. There could be some optimization about quick settings generally, some texts are behaving weird in some languages.
    4. Add an FM radio app, yes it's not used much but it can come in handy for some situations.
    5. With the latest A13 build, no longer can connect some enterprise wifi networks properly. I tested with college wifi which is authenticated with TTLS-PAP, it's buggy. I mean after the first connection it can't connect afterwards. I have to change the certificate setting to trust on first use every single time after disconnect. But it's inconvenient.
    6. Fix the "charging rapidly" text showing even if normal non-fast capable charger used. This was the problem in older builds and still exists.
    7. Separate the charging led light and low battery led light setting.
    8. If adaptive brightness setting configured to set brightness once when screen is turned on, when someone's calling screen becomes pitch black if the phone was in pocket. It shouldn't change brightness if screen is woke by a call, in my opinion at least.
    9. Status bar icons seems buggy. Whenever new notifications recieved, the icons slide to right from clock. It looks weird after some time.
    Thanks bro, can you pass me that link of the telegram channel?
    Hey folks,

    installed PixelExperience on my old Redmi Note 8... and it ain`t not bad... actually it`s damn pretty good!

    Is it possible to revive an "old" 2019 Android phone, especially when Xiaomi decided it will not get MIUI 13?

    Well it is, and with Android 13 it`s flying. The only thing I had to add on top is the BSG gCam as the stock gcam inside was not operating so good.

    I also compared it with my S22 Ultra, of course they dont share so much similarities, but it was important to just see where the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 stands compared to a "modern" flagship Android phone, also running on Android 13 (One UI 5).