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Xiaomi Mi A1 spotted running Official Android 8.1 Oreo Beta

Xiaomi Mi A1 spotted running Official Android 8.1 Oreo Beta
The last time we updated you on the status of Mi A1 Android 8.1 Oreo update, we told you that it is in the works and might support Project Treble. Now, it seems that Xiaomi has started rolling out Android 8.1 Oreo for selected Mi A1 users who are enrolled to Xiaomi's Beta program. The confirmation came from a screenshot of Mi A1 running Android 8.1 Oreo Beta with the latest April 2018 Security patch.

Reddit user sharkcpn posted a screenshot of the About Phone section claiming that the Mi A1 has received Oreo 8.1 update on Beta ROM. But nothing is confirmed by the Xiaomi though.


The Screenshot clearly shows Mi A1 running Android 8.1 Oreo with April 5, 2018 Security Patch. It has a build number of OPM1.171019.019.8.4.9.
Xiaomi Mi A1 spotted running Official Android 8.1 Oreo Beta
Android 8.1 comes with numerous changes over Android 8.0. You get new dark and light themes which changes according to wallpaper, Pixel 2 Launcher, Redesigned Power Menu, new Shutdown and Reboot Animation, Round Statusbar Icons, and Settings. Nokia has also added the latest April 2018 Security Patch with the update.

It seems that the Android 8.1 Oreo will be available for the Mi A1 in the coming months. Subscribe us on YouTube for Daily Android News, and Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Official Android 8.1 with Treble is in the works for Xiaomi Mi A1

Official Android 8.1 with Treble is in the works for Xiaomi Mi A1
Back in July 2017, Xiaomi announced the Mi 5X for China and rebrandend it as Mi A1 (Android One) for the global markets, which was made official in September 2017 during a launch event in India.

In case you don't know, the Mi A1 is a part of Google’s Android One program which runs stock Android and will receive consistent software updates for a longer period than other smartphones by OEMs that are not a part of the Android One program.

Xiaomi and Google during the announcement of Mi A1 promised Android Oreo update by the end of December 2017 and they succeeded in doing that. However, the company still hasn't updated the Mi A1 to the latest OS which is the 8.1 Oreo.

Well, the good news is, Xiaomi is testing Official 8.1 Oreo for the Mi A1 and with Project Treble Support. When XDA member guy_infinity asked a recognized developer who works for Xiaomi in firmware development, he confirmed that Android 8.1 is in the works for Xiaomi Mi A1, and he also said that "Yes, treble is to be supported". The news was further confirmed by Mishaal Rahman ‏(Editor in Chief at XDA).

It seems that the Android 8.1 Oreo will be available for the Mi A1 in the coming months. Subscribe us on YouTube for Daily Android News, and Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Mi A1 users are getting March Security Update

Mi A1 users are getting March Security Update
The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is now getting the latest (April) March 2018 Security patch with Stability Improvement and Bug fixes.

If you own a Mi A1 you should have received the over-the-air update notification for March 2018 Security Patch, and it's crucial that you download it, as it brings along the fix for the critical severity vulnerabilities.

The March 2018 Android security update for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 440MB. For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

February 2018 Android Security Update Goes Live For Xiaomi Mi A1 Beta Testers

Xiaomi Mi A1 users running Android Oreo Beta has picked up a new software update that introduces the February 1st, 2018 security patch.

That’s all that is detailed in the new software version(OP31.170623.026.8.2.1). The most severe issue patched by Google in the February security is a vulnerabilitiy that enable a remote attacker to use a specially crafted file to execute unauthorized code within the context of a privileged process in the Media framework.

For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.
February 2018 Android Security Update Goes Live For Xiaomi Mi A1 Beta Testers


[Update: Again] Android Oreo Update for Mi A1 Pulled Due to Bugs

It appears that Xiaomi has pulled the over-the-air (OTA) update of Android 8.0 Oreo that was released back in December for the Mi A1 after users complained of several issues with the new Software.

A Xiaomi rep confirmed that the global release of Android Oreo on Mi A1 has been cancelled because of a bugs on the build. This will be replaced by another software, a partial release of which will be pushed out soon.

The most noticible bug faced by users running Android 8.0 Oreo on the Mi A1 is the battery drain which is closely connected to the phone’s Bluetooth function. Some user had issues when answering a call if the phone’s display is turned off, but the phone is not locked.


The Oreo update comes with December 2017 patch for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 1104.1MB. Android 8.0 Oreo brings along brand new System Interface, Autofill, Picture In Picture, Better Battery Life, Fast Boot, and more.

While the company has not revealed date of the next rollout of Android Oreo, it is believed that Xiaomi might release the official update to the remaining devices by the end of January. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.


January 2018 security patch rolling out to Xiaomi Mi A1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is now getting the latest January 2018 Security patch with Stability Improvement and Bug fixes.

If you own a Mi A1 you should have received the over-the-air update notification for January 2018 Security Patch, and it's crucial that you download it, as it brings along the fix for the critical severity vulnerabilities.

The January 2018 Android security update for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 89MB. For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

January 2018 Android Security Update Goes Live For Xiaomi Mi A1 Beta Testers

Looks like New Year came early for Mi A1 Users. Xiaomi Mi A1 users running Android Oreo Beta has picked up a new software update that introduces the January 1st, 2018 security patch.

That’s all that is detailed in the new software version (OPR1.170623.026.7.12.27). For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

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How to manually install Official Android 8.0 Oreo Beta on Xiaomi Mi A1

Just a few days back, Xiaomi started recruitment for Android Oreo beta testers for the Mi A1 and the now company has started rolling out the update to the eligible users. While this is only a beta program, it's still good to see that Google and Xiaomi are working on bringing the latest version of Android for its users.

The Oreo Beta with December 2017 patch for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 1104.1MB. Android 8.0 Oreo brings along brand new System Interface, Autofill, Picture In Picture, Better Battery Life, Fast Boot, and more.


The Beta is only available for a few Mi A1 users, However Non-Beta members can now install the update in an unofficial way thanks to XDA Developer "rameshurfrnd1". The developer just shared TWRP Backup of his Mi A1 running Android Oreo Beta and the same can be used to Install Oreo Beta.

Note: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. TechDroider cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.

How to Install Official Android 8.0 Oreo Beta on Xiaomi Mi A1:

Step 1: Download Oreo Beta TWRP Backup on to your Smartphone.

Step 2: Save the TWRP Backup file at TWRP/BACKUPS/df0bdeb70404/[UNOFFICIAL] AOSP OREO - tissot Directory.

Step 3: Boot to TWRP Mode.

Step 4: Once entering the TWRP settings menu, clear phone's memory (full) by selecting 'Wipe' option. Once done, select 'Swipe to Factory Reset' perform factory reset.

Step 5: Return to TWRP settings and select Restore Backup.

Step 6: Restore the TWRP Oreo Backup.

Step 7: Reboot your Smartphone.

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Mi A1 Official Android 8.0 Oreo Beta [Screenshots]

Mi A1 Official Android 8.0 Oreo Beta [Screenshots]
Just a few days back, Xiaomi started recruitment for Android Oreo beta testers for the Mi A1 and today the company has started rolling out the update to the eligible users. While this is only a beta program, it's still good to see that Google and Xiaomi are working on bringing the latest version of Android for its users.

The Oreo Beta comes with December 2017 patch for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 1104.1MB. Android 8.0 Oreo brings along brand new System Interface, Autofill, Picture In Picture, Better Battery Life, Fast Boot, and more.


While the company has not revealed date of the official rollout of Android Oreo, it is believed that Xiaomi might release the official update by the end of this year. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Below are some screenshots of the New UI and Changes in Android 8.0 Oreo Beta for Xiaomi Mi A1.



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Android Oreo Beta now live for Mi A1

Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) Smartphone is now getting Android 8.0 Oreo Beta Software Update with December 1, 2017 Security Patch.

If your Mi A1 is enrolled to Xiaomi's Beta program you should have received the over-the-air update notification for the Android 8.0 Oreo Beta update.


The Oreo Beta with December 2017 patch for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 1104.1MB. Android 8.0 Oreo brings along brand new System Interface, Autofill, Picture In Picture, Better Battery Life, Fast Boot, and more.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Xiaomi Mi A1 is Getting New Update, No It's not Oreo!

Xiaomi Mi A1 is Getting New Update, No It's not Oreo!
The Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is now getting the latest December Security patch with Stability Improvement and Bug fixes.

If you own a Mi A1 you should have received the over-the-air update notification for December Security Patch, and it's crucial that you download it, as it brings along the fix for the KRACK vulnerability.


The December 2017 Android security update for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 153MB. Note that the device still runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat after the update. For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Redmi Note 4

Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Redmi Note 4
Well, You can now Install Mi A1 Android One Firmware on the Redmi Note 4, Thanks to developer "GLokin666". Additionally, all aspects of the phone except Fingerprint and VoLTE are working as expected.


Mi A1 uses A/B system that the Pixel devices use. The A/B systems means that when the device gets an update it will be downloaded and installed on the second system partition and when you restart that second partition will swap to become System A instead of B to make the updating process seamless. The A/B system can probably be altered by editing Boot Image files.

You'll need to Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP Custom Recovery in-order to Install the Android One Firmware on  Redmi Note 4 Mido. You can grab the Custom Rom ZIP file from below.

The Firmware is based on Google's latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Additionally, Google plans to roll Android 8.0 Oreo update to Mi A1 by end of 2017, this also means that the Redmi Note 4 will also get Android 8.0 Oreo via Port.


October security patch rolling out to Xiaomi Mi A1

Recently announced Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is now getting the latest October Security patch with Stability Improvement and Bug fixes.

If you own a Mi A1 you should have received the over-the-air update notification for October Security Patch, and it's crucial that you download it, as it brings along the fix for the critical severity vulnerability in media framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.

The October Android security update for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 1060.5MB. For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE.

If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

How to Root Xiaomi Mi A1

How to Root Xiaomi Mi A1
You can now Root the recently announced Xiaomi Mi A1. Rooting your smartphone give you admin rights and lets you do most of the things you want with your device considering get access to anything and everything that way.

After rooting, you'll be able to use certain apps which gives you more control over your device. Most popular applications include Titanium Backup, Greenify, WiFi Kill, Xposed, and Root Explorer.


In most of the cases, you need to Install TWRP (Custom Recovery) in order to root your Smartphone. But, Xiaomi Mi A1 can be rooted without Installing the TWRP Recovery. This root method is called CF-Auto-Root.


The below Guide will help you Rooting your Xiaomi Mi A1. Note that, You'll first need to Unlock Bootloader by following the Official Guide from Xiaomi.

Note: We are not responsible for any bricked devices.

How to Root Xiaomi Mi A1-

Step 1. Download Root Zip file from below .

Step 2. Go into fastboot mode (power off and hold power+vol down and release)

Step 3. Connect the phone to your PC

Step 4. Extract the above Zip File (Step 1.)

Step 5. Run Root.bat

Downloads: Root ZIP (Credits: kraatus90 - XDA)

About Xiaomi Mi A1: Mi A1 comes with a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 128GB, 12MP Wide Angle + 12MP Telephoto (Same like the iPhone 7 Plus) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 5MP front camera, 3080mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

You also get a Beautify 3.0, IR Blaster, Confirmed update to Android Oreo by the end of 2017 and Android P whenever it get released.

September security patch rolling out to Xiaomi Mi A1

September security patch rolling out to Xiaomi Mi A1
Recently announced Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One) is now getting the latest September Security patch with Stability Improvement and Bug fixes.

If you own a Mi A1 you should have received the over-the-air update notification for September Security Patch, and it's crucial that you download it, as it brings along the fix for the critical BlueBorne Bluetooth attack.


The Blueborne vulnerability was discovered only recently. It’s a Bluetooth vulnerability that leaves Android devices open to a potential takeover by hackers. The vulnerability is also present in Windows, Linux and some iterations of iOS. Note that the device still runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat after the update.

Armis Reported that the BlueBorne spread through the air (airborne) and attacks devices via Bluetooth. Armis has also disclosed eight related zero-day vulnerabilities, four of which are classified as critical. BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure “air-gapped” networks, and spread malware laterally to adjacent devices. Armis reported these vulnerabilities to the responsible actors, and is working with them as patches are being identified and released.
September security patch rolling out to Xiaomi Mi A1
September Android security update also resolves 30 issues dated 2017-09-01, and 51 issues in the one dated 2017-09-05. Vulnerabilities range from moderate to critical, and Google particularly notes that it provides "Android partners with the flexibility to more quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices."

The September Android security update for the Mi A1 weighs in at around 1059MB. For a successful installation, the battery in your phone should be at least 50% charged and your device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE. If you haven't got the notification of this new software update yet, Just go to Settings - About Phone - Software updates, and It will automatically start downloading the latest update. The update will take around 10-15 minutes to get Installed on your device. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Poll: Are You Going to Buy the Xiaomi Mi A1?

Just a few days ago Google and Xiaomi resurrected the Android One with the Mi A1 Smartphone.

It's a good idea to buy a Mi A1 over a Mi 5X (Available in China) if Stock Android is your primary concern.

With the Mi A1, you get a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 128GB, 12MP Wide Angle + 12MP Telephoto (Same like the iPhone 7 Plus) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 5MP front camera, 3080mAh battery, and Android 7.1 Nougat.
So we're curious to find out how many of our readers are planning to buy the Mi A1. In case you're wondering, the smartphone will be sold today at 12:00 Noon for Rs. 14,999 at Flipkart / Mi.com and Offline Stores.

So, Will you buy the Xiaomi Mi A1?


Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Mi 5X

Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Mi 5X
Just yesterday, we reported that the Mi A1 firmware cannot be flashed on the Mi 5X because Mi A1 uses A/B system that the Pixel devices use. The A/B systems means that when the device gets an update it will be downloaded and installed on the second system partition and when you restart that second partition will swap to become System A instead of B to make the updating process seamless.


The A/B system can probably be altered by editing Boot Image files. Well, You can now Install Mi A1 Android One Firmware to the Mi 5X, Thanks to developer "heli0us". Additionally, all aspects of the phone are working as expected (No bugs).

You'll need to Unlock Bootloader and Install TWRP Custom Recovery in-order to Install the Android One Firmware on Mi 5X Tiffany. You can grab the Custom Rom ZIP file from below.

The Firmware is based on Google's latest Android 7.1 Nougat. However, Google plans to roll Android 8.0 Oreo update to Mi A1 by end of 2017, this also means that the Mi 5X will also get Android 8.0 Oreo via Port.
Mi A1 Android One Firmware Ported to the Mi 5X
Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter page to get the first News.

Beware: Mi A1 Firmware Bricks Mi 5X

We all know that the Mi A1 is exactly the carbon copy of the Mi 5X in terms of Hardware and Design but on the Software side the Mi A1 is powered with Google's own Stock Android Nougat while the Mi 5X runs Xiaomi's MIUI 9.

Additionally, the partitions are different between the two devices due to the Mi A1 using the A/B system that the Pixel devices uses. The A/B systems means that when the device gets an update it will be downloaded and installed on the second system partition and when you restart that second partition will swap to become System A instead of B to make the updating process seamless.



DON'T FLASH THE MI A1 ANDROID ONE FIRMWARE ON YOUR MI 5X, IT WILL BRICK YOUR DEVICE.

With the Mi A1, you get a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 128GB, 12MP Wide Angle + 12MP Telephoto (Same like the iPhone 7 Plus) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 5MP front camera, 3080mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available Offline and Online in India starting 14,999 INR (233 USD) on September 12.

Mi A1 vs. Mi 5x: 4 key differences

Mi A1 vs. Mi 5x: 4 key differences
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is now official with Google's Stock Android and Dual Camera. The Mi A1 is exactly a carbon copy of the Mi 5x with few upgrades and downgrades. In this article we will talk about Key differences that you will find in Mi A1 and the Mi 5x.

Screen Protection: The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass 3. However, the Mi 5x doesn't feature any Gorilla Glass Protection.


Android UI: "Made by Xiaomi, Designed by Google" The Mi A1 comes with Pure Stock Android with two pre-installed Xiaomi Application. Xiaomi and Google plans to update the Mi A1 to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of 2017 and to Android P whenever it gets launched. The Mi 5x on the other hand comes with MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat.

Variants: You get two variants with the Mi 5x 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The Mi A1 on the other hand features only 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

Availability: The Mi 5X is China exclusive, however you can import that device from Gearbest. The Mi A1, thanks to Google's Android One Project will be available in tons of countries.

That said, the Mi A1 is the Mi 5x with Google's Back, you can find the Xiaomi Mi A1 pricing, specs and availability details here.

Xiaomi Announces Mi A1 (Android One), Available September 12

Xiaomi Announces Mi A1 (Android One), Available April 21
You are probably watching along to the Mi A1 live stream, but the device is now official with enhanced features such as a dual-camera, fingerprint resistant back and Stock Android.

As for the rest of the story that has been leaked in various forms over the past weeks, this is what we are looking at. So, we have the First Xiaomi Smartphone with Google's latest Stock Android.

With the Mi A1, you get a 5.5-inch FHD LTPS IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage plus microSD support up to 128GB, 12MP Wide Angle + 12MP Telephoto (Same like the iPhone 7 Plus) for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing, 5MP front camera, 3080mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Xiaomi Announces Mi A1 (Android One), Available April 21
What else new, though? Well, you get a Beautify 3.0, IR Blaster, Confirmed update to Android Oreo by the end of 2017 and Android P whenever it get released.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will be available Offline and Online starting 14,999 INR (233 USD) on September 12, and will be offered in a rich color palette including Black, Rose Gold, and Gold.

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