Xiaomi Mi A3 receives its last software update three years after launch
The Xiaomi A3 stands as Xiaomi's last smartphone in the now-defunct Android One program. The mid-range phone, released three years ago, now appears to have reached the end of its lifespan after receiving the August security patch.
The new update for the Mi A3 lands with the software version numbers "V126.96.36.199 RFQEUXM" and "V188.8.131.52 RFQMIXM", for the European and Global models of the phone respectively. The OTA weighs in at an incredibly lithe 10.45 MB, with a changelog touting bug fixes, improved security and performance, and optimized performance.
This is likely the last scheduled OTA the Mi A3 will ever receive. The Android One phone debuted in July 2019 and likely received its first ever OTA in August. That ensures that Xiaomi has now fulfilled its promise of two major Android OS upgrades and three years of software support in total. Support for the Mi A2 ended in July last year, for example, three years after it was launched in 2018.
While the Mi A3 has its fair share of issues like all of Xiaomi's Android One phones, it was loved by a rather massive crowd of enthusiasts who enjoyed a fine mesh of clean, stock Android, and Xiaomi's value-for-money hardware. So long, Mi A3, you will be missed.