Notebookcheck

Android 8.1 Oreo finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe

Android 8.1 Oreo new Easter egg logo image
Android 8.1 Oreo new Easter egg logo
Although the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Xiaomi Mi A1 started to roll out last month, it was quickly stopped after the discovery of an SMS bug. Back then, most markets did not even receive it, so now it is the first time for most users of this successful Android One handset when the update reaches them.

Less than a year since the Xiaomi Mi A1 arrived with Android 7.1.1 Nougat onboard, the time has already come for it to receive a successor. However, before the Xiaomi Mi A2 launches alongside the Mi A2 Lite, the Xiaomi Mi A1 will finally get the long-awaited Android 8.1 Oreo update.

Those who missed last month's update — including myself — should know that Android 8.1 Oreo became available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 less than a month ago, but was quickly pulled out due to the discovery of an SMS bug. In my case — also true for other European users, as far as I've been able to discover — the update notification never came and we were all stuck with the security patch for May on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.

India apparently received the update earlier this month, but it also seems to have been a smaller package. In my case, moving from Android 8.0 with May's security patch to Android 8.1 Oreo involved a rather sizeable package (over 1,100 MB), but the entire process was quite smooth and it was complete in about 20 minutes.

Once the update is over, you might notice that the default theme has been changed to a dark one and that the default font size is smaller than before. While there is no switch for the theme color, if you don't like it dark, just put a lighter wallpaper and the theme will be changed automatically. The font size can be changed just as before, so there is nothing special to do about it — speaking for myself, I decided that the new font size looks pretty good so I ended up not changing it.

In addition to the above, the update should also bring a slightly better autonomy, Google Keep (a note-taking app that can be uninstalled without any problems), new Power and Volume menus, as well as many other tiny changes and adjustments. For a quick hands-on with the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Xiaomi Mi A1, feel free to spend a few minutes watching the video below, but don't forget to share your thoughts with us in the comments as well.

Android 8.1 Oreo ready for the Xiaomi Mi A1
Android 8.1 Oreo ready for the Xiaomi Mi A1
Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 update complete
Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 update complete
Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 dark theme
Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 dark theme
Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 system details
Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 system details

Source(s)

Own

static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2018 07 > Android 8.1 Oreo finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe
Codrut Nistor, 2018-07-18 (Update: 2018-07-18)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.