The Mi A1 is not your usual Xiaomi phone thanks to the fact that it’s the first and only [currently] Xiaomi device to be part of the Google Android One program. On top of this, the Xiaomi Mi A1 outshines a host of other Android One devices when it comes to design, specs, features and even the price.
Some of the specs you get on the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One include a 5.5-inch full HD display screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage, dual 12MP camera on the back and a decent 3080mAh battery unit, all housed in a premium-looking metallic body. Of course, none of these hardware specs made the highlights when compared to the software.
Traditionally, Xiaomi is known for using heavy customizations on its phones that made sure software updates were rare to come by. With a nearly stock Android 7.1 Nougat running the show, the Xiaomi Mi A1 took away any doubts that people had with respect to the company’s software. While there are a few tweaks here and there, for instance, the MIUI camera app, the company still insisted that it’ll deliver an update to Android Oreo before the end of 2017.
As at the time of this writing, the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One phone is now receiving Android Oreo OTA, three weeks after the beta build was rolled out. The update is quite huge for obvious reasons, weighing 1107MB and as opposed to a previous update that brought this month’s Android security patch, the Oreo stable OTA comes with the December 1, 2017 security patch.
As part of the Oreo update, Xiaomi Mi A1 users will also get features such as picture-in-picture mode, adaptive icons, smart-text selection and notification dots, among others. However, one big miss is Google Project Treble, but it’s nothing strange considering the number of high-profile names that have been missing on the list of devices that are getting Treble through Android Oreo OTA.
So far, only Google’s first-gen Pixels, Essential Phone, Huawei’s Mate 9 and Honor 8 Pro are guaranteed to receive the support for Project Treble. Being an Android One device, many thought that the Xiaomi Mi A1 would also get Project Treble support with an update to Android Oreo. However, a quick check using the Termux terminal app says otherwise. For a quick guide on how to check if your device supports Project Treble, head over to this short XDA tutorial.
Project Treble is meant to help manufacturers push OS updates to devices at a faster rate than they do at the moment. Still, there’s no guarantee that devices that support Treble will actually get timely updates and for the case of Xiaomi Mi A1, missing out on Treble might even go unnoticeable – because it’s an Android One phone and all Android One phones are meant to receive timely software updates, just like it’s already happening with Oreo.