Xiaomi Mi A1 finally receiving Android 9 Pie update


The long-awaited Android 9 Pie update is finally rolling out to all those Xiaomi Mi A1 owners that have been eagerly waiting for the latest slice of Android OS. Usually, the Android One program is meant to bring timely updates for the smartphone that are part of this select group of devices. However, Xiaomi’s performance with their Android One devices can be considered kinda messy.

After all the problems involving the Oreo update for the smartphone, that originally came with Android Nougat, Android Pie took some time to show its glory in the mid-range smartphone. Now, seems that stable release of the update is finally coming for Mi A1. The update in question weighs in at 1,07GB and introduces a plenty of new features such as the Digital Wellbeing, Revamped Interface, and QuickSettings, More Notification Controls, and Material Design 2.0. The update also brings the FM Radio support for the smartphone.

The changelog mentions a new navigation option, but it remains to be seen if it’ll be Google’s Pixel Pill navigation or if Xiaomi will introduce a new method with this update. The adaptive battery was also included in the package, so hopefully, Mi A1 owners will have a better battery performance in Pie.

The first reports of this update are coming from Bangladesh, considering how the industry releases updates, users in other regions should expect an update coming for their devices in the next few days. Of course, you can always check in Settings > About > Software Update, to see if you can manually force the update.

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7 Comments

  1. Naail Zahid
    December 10, 2018

    What do you mean it remains to be seen if it’s Google pixel’s navigation gestures? Until now EVERY android one phone, including Xiaomi’s own Mi A2 series, have used Pixel’s gesture navigation. Why is this even a source of confusion for the Author? :/

    • Hugwalk
      December 10, 2018

      Mi A1 has physical buttons.

    • Naail Zahid
      December 10, 2018

      That never stopped Xiaomi from implementing gestures on their MiUi variants, usually giving us the option to disable the hardware. So again, it’s not hard to figure out considering the speed they released this update after the mi a2 series

    • Hugwalk
      December 10, 2018

      They only implement gestures on 18:9 and such non-16:9 phones.

    • Hugwalk
      December 10, 2018

      Btw, they started developing the MIUI gesture after Redmi 5’s release, and after every update, Redmi Note 4X still lacks of it.
      I think that’s good point to prove that A1 might not have gesture navigaiton, we don’t even have a navigation bar.

    • Naail Zahid
      December 10, 2018

      despite all your efforts to debunk what I have said, a quick search on YouTube confirms I was in fact correct. Navigation gestures like the Pixel are available on the Mi A1.

    • Hugwalk
      December 10, 2018

      It’s nice to see! Didn’t thought that they’ll ever add a nav bar like that, the physical buttons’ LED don’t even turn off.