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The Mi A2 Lite Android 10 update is bricking phones

The Mi A2 Lite. (Source: Xiaomi)
The Mi A2 Lite. (Source: Xiaomi)
After months of delays, Xiaomi finally sent out the Android 10 update to its Android One Mi A2 Lite smartphone. As has become typical of Xiaomi's Android One updates, however, the build appears to be a poisoned chalice and is bricking devices.

Yesterday, Xiaomi officially released the Android 10 update for the Mi A2 Lite after months of delays. The rollout, as confirmed by the company, was a limited one, and we advised owners of the phone not to update. Our fears may have been confirmed to be valid, as there have been numerous reports of the update bricking devices upon installation.

Many commenters on our forums have claimed that their devices were bricked in the process of installing the update. It's the same on the official MI forums, with a significant portion of users also claiming that their phones soft-bricked right after installing the update.

At the moment, the likely solution to that would be a rollback to Android Pie, but that comes with the consequence of losing all user data.

This isn't the first time Xiaomi has completely botched an OS update for its Android One phones. It's getting ridiculous, in fact. The company seems to have a talent for sending debilitating OS updates to Mi A-series phones. Its regular MIUI phones don't have any such issues, which raises plenty of questions.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-03-10 (Update: 2020-03-10)