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Mi A2 Lite: Xiaomi halts Android 10 rollout for another of its Android One handsets amid claims that rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie causes system instabilities

Android 10 is probably the last OS upgrade that the Mi A2 Lite will receive. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Android 10 is probably the last OS upgrade that the Mi A2 Lite will receive. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi is having a torrid time with Android One updates lately. The company has now pulled the second Android One OS upgrade in as many weeks, with the Mi A2 Lite the latest handset to receive a bug-ridden Android 10 build. The news should come as no surprise to Mi A2 Lite owners, as the initial update has reportedly bricked multiple handsets. We would advise against rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie, too.
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Xiaomi, Xiaomi, Xiaomi. If you have been following news about the Mi A3, then you might be forgiven for thinking that the Chinese company has given up on caring about its Android One smartphones. First, it took Xiaomi months to release Android 10 to the Mi A3, before pulling the OS upgrade almost immediately once it emerged that it contained about as many bugs as an alpha build does.

The Mi A2 Lite then received its own buggy Android 10 update, except that this one apparently is bricking phones. Unsurprisingly, multiple sources now claim that Xiaomi has pulled the update. This is the second time that Xiaomi has been forced to do this in as many weeks. Oddly, we have not heard of equivalent issues occurring for other Xiaomi handsets upgrading to Android 10 builds of MIUI 11.

If you have already installed the Android 10 update on your Mi A2 Lite, then rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie can cause its own problems. According to one detailed Reddit post, rolling back to V10.0.15.0.PDLMIXM resulted in abnormal behaviours like screen flickering. Returning to Android 10 apparently does not resolve all these issues, either. While Xiaomi is yet to advise against rolling the Mi A2 Lite back to Android 9.0 Pie, it has already done so for the Mi A2 and Mi A3.

Overall, we would recommend keeping your Mi A2Mi A2 Lite or Mi A3 on Android 9.0 Pie until there are multiple reports of Xiaomi having released bug-free and stable versions of Android 10. Until then, upgrading the Mi A series to Android 10 is like playing a game of Russian roulette.

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The Mi A2 Lite is apparently no longer eligible for an upgrade to Android 10. (Image source: @homlierthanthou)
The Mi A2 Lite is apparently no longer eligible for an upgrade to Android 10. (Image source: @homlierthanthou)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-03-11 (Update: 2020-03-12)