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The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 receive disappointingly small January update

No sign of Android 10 this month for either the Mi A2 Lite or Mi A3. (Image source: Xiaomi)
No sign of Android 10 this month for either the Mi A2 Lite or Mi A3. (Image source: Xiaomi)
At the turn of the year, it seemed that Xiaomi would be bringing Android 10 to all its eligible Android One handsets. The Mi A3, A2 and A2 Lite were all due to receive Android 10 this month, but only one has so far. Worse still, the January update has started hitting the other two, and not as promised.
Alex Alderson,

Google markets Android One as being "secure, up-to-date and easy to use". While commenting on the first and third tenents of that strapline are beyond the scope of this article, the rollout of Android 10 the Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 challenge the second. Slated to receive Android 10 this month, screenshots that have been published online show that the two Android One handsets have received an altogether different January update.

As Xiaomi India alluded to last week, the Mi A2 Lite and Mi A3 have been furnished with the January 2020 set of Android security patches. The two devices remain on Android 9.0 Pie for the time being, though. There appears to have been no movement on the "mid-February" timescale for the release of Android 10 to the Mi A3, either.

Meanwhile, there is no sign of Android 10 for the Mi A2 Lite. Xiaomi is yet to release the Android 10 kernel source for the device, or even a closed beta. Hence, all signs currently point towards Mi A2 Lite owners having to wait until at least after the Mi A3 receives its Android 10 update next month.

In short, while Android One offers a near-stock version of Android, it is still subject to the machinations and delays of OEMs. With Xiaomi now upgrading some of its mid-range handsets to Android 10 builds of MIUI 11, does the Android One program continue to offer "faster access to Android OS updates" as Google promised nearly two years ago?

Mi A2 Lite January 2020 update. (Image source: Twitter)
Mi A2 Lite January 2020 update. (Image source: Twitter)
Mi A3 January 2020 update. (Image source: Twitter)
Mi A3 January 2020 update. (Image source: Twitter)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-20 (Update: 2020-01-20)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.