Xiaomi Mi A1 has finally got Android 8.1 update, the past few weeks have been eventful, to say the least, for Mi A1 users expecting an Android 8.1 Oreo update on their units, but Xiaomi had halted and rolled out the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Mi-A1 which was announced a few weeks ago. Mi-A1 was the company’s first-ever Android One smartphone in collaboration with Google which is the reason it has been receiving quite regular updates as compared to other Xiaomi devices, but now Xiaomi users got what they were waiting for.
Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 has now been released with the July security patch for Xiaomi devices. In late June, the latest software update had first started rolling out on the Android One-based handset; however, it was plagued with an SMS bug. Within days of the rollout, it was pulled by the Chinese phone manufacturer. The file size of the new update is around 467MB and will be issued to users in a phased manner via the OTA method. Users report that there is no evident bug in the update, and things are running smoothly for the time being. The latest updated android brings the Xiaomi smartphone on the latest Android version Oreo 8.1 along with a couple of bugs which is the real reason rollout has now been paused.
A significant amount of Mi A1 users had reported that Xiaomi had halted the rollout of Android 8.1 Oreo for the device following reports of a critical bug that can reportedly wipe the phone’s SMS history. Xiaomi had started rolling out the update last week after releasing the Android 8.0 update earlier this year. The device was launched with Android 7.1 Nougat (Android One) last September.
One more shocking is that Google’s critical “SafetyNet” feature in the Android v8.1 Oreo for the Mi A1 is broken. For those readers who are unaware of SafetyNet (SafetyNet provides a set of services and APIs that help protect mobile apps in the phone against security threats, including device tampering, bad URLs, potentially harmful apps, and fake users, is broken rendering Mi A1 vulnerable to hacking).
Another thing worth to note is that the latest Mi-A1 Android Oreo 8.1 update weighs about 1.15GB in size. That’s means it is a hefty update and you are advised to connect to a WiFi before starting the download process if the update becomes available for your device and you still want to proceed, for those who had fallen prey to the earlier update, Xiaomi is rolling out a separate update using a much smaller package weighing at 467MB. However, there doesn’t appear to be a possibility of recovering the deleted messages.
The company back in May had to pull the Android 8.1 update for the Redmi Note 5 Pro following reports of bugs that led to some camera performance and battery-drain issues.
Xiaomi has also commenced rolling out the MIUI 10 Global ROM Beta to select devices including Mi Mix 2, Mi 6X and Redmi S2 and will to expand the availability to Mi Mix 2S, Redmi Note 5 Pro/Redmi Note 5, Mi 5, Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX later this weekend. More phones are slated received the beta software in coming weeks and in August.
Xiaomi will release the final MIUI 10 public version to all eligible devices in late July.