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Multiple Android 12 ROMs available for the four-year-old Xiaomi Mi A1

Android 12-based AOSP 12.0 Stable ROM on Xiaomi Mi A1 (Source: XDA Forums)
Android 12-based AOSP 12.0 Stable ROM on Xiaomi Mi A1 (Source: XDA Forums)
More than four years after it launched running Android 7, the Xiaomi Mi A1 lives on thanks to the community support it has been receiving ever since. Although it gets no more official security patches and the latest major Android update is Pie, a few Android 12-based ROMs are already available for this popular smartphone.
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Although it is very likely that most Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphones that were sold in the first year after the introduction of this handset are now dead and gone or are no longer used as daily drivers, many of them still have a life. In terms of software, that life ended with Android 9 Pie and, sadly, there are no more security patches, either. On the other hand, the community-driven ROMs keep coming.

Speaking for myself, I dropped the Xiaomi Mi A1 about a year ago, when I acquired the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. However, I got back to it more than just once to try out various Android 10 and Android 11-based ROMs. My 10yo daughter has been using (and abusing) it daily for about six months and, after a few tries, we concluded that Android 10-based Lineage OS 17.1 is the best choice for her. Unlike the Android 11-based ROMs we tried before, this one never crashed and she was able to customize it to her liking without breaking a sweat. Security-wise, the system can be updated via OTA and it gets two patches per month. What else can anyone wish from a mid-range, four-year-old handset?

The answer to the question above is "Android 12, of course" and it seems like the jump might be worth it. I haven't tried any Android 12 ROMs on that handset yet, but there are at least three candidates available right now:

  • PixelExperience - In beta stage for now, with GApps included, November 2021 security patch, but multiple users are reporting non-working gestures, hardware buttons not lighting up and sometimes not even working, VoLTE problems, and more.
  • ArrowOS - Another beta ROM, available with or without GApps included, roughly the same issues as above.
  • AOSP - A stable ROM, available with GApps included, but still apparently plagued by gesture issues.

Other ROMs will hopefully follow in the coming weeks, but I think that more adventurous ones should go ahead and give a chance to those above. Speaking for myself, I think I will wait at least for ArrowOS and PixelExperience to get the "stable" label, and then I'll get to try them out. However, if you already ran Android 12 on your Xiaomi Mi A1, feel free to hit the comments section and share your experience with the rest of us.

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Codrut Nistor, 2021-12- 8 (Update: 2021-12-13)