Will Litchi work with either the Mavic 3 or the Mini 3 Pro?

The question is often asked when Litchi will support either the Mavic 3 or the Mini 3 Pro. As a result, I have created this “Guide” to explain why, at present, it is unlikely for Litchi to be able to support these drones.

For companies such as Litchi to support a drone, the drone manufacturer (DJI) must first provide a library of functions to allow the drone to be controlled by software. This library of functions is called the “SDK” (Software Development Kit).

Around the time these two drones were released, DJI announced that from this point forward, in their latest SDK v5, DJI will prioritize support of “Enterprise” drones such as the Mavic 3 Enterprise. DJI has not stated why their prioritization strategy has changed. While it is possible that at some point in the future, they will support consumer drones in the new SDK v5, they currently have no plans to do so.

So, unfortunately, with the information available today, no one (including Litchi) will be able to make their software work with these new drones.

To see what drones are supported by the latest SDK, please see DJI’s release notes for their latest SDK:

https://developer.dji.com/doc/mobile-sdk-tutorial/en/

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Do you have a beta that works with the Mavic 3 Enterprise yet? Or am I stuck with your “competitor”?

Regarding the Mavic 3 enterprise series, it requires a brand new app and we are working on it but there is no beta at this time. We will announce when it becomes available

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Well I am certainly glad I didn’t upgrade to the Mini 3. I love my Mini 2, and Litchi is the ONLY fly-app that runs on my new (cheap) Android 10 tablet. It won’t even install the DJI Fly app. I’ve owned and used Litchi for years, since the release of the original Mavic Pro. It’s still king of the hill, in my opinion.

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How hard is it for DJI to release an SDK? Is this just DJI trying to kill Litchi?

This is par for the course, and nothing that wasn’t expected