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Xiaomi restarts the Android 11 rollout for the Mi A3 following bricked devices fiasco

The Mi A3 now has Android 11, but it is not without its problems. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Mi A3 now has Android 11, but it is not without its problems. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi has messed up another OS upgrade for the Mi A3. Now on its second and final OS upgrade, the Mi A3 will officially remain on Android 11 indefinitely. Xiaomi has begun rolling Android 11 to the device again now, but it did kill some Mi A3 units with its initial rollout.

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The rollout of Android 11 to the Mi A3 has been another disaster for Xiaomi, just as it was when the company upgraded the device to Android 10 last year. The Mi A3 was not the only of Xiaomi's Android One handsets to receive buggy Android 10 updates though, as owners of the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite can attest.

Xiaomi began upgrading the European and global variants of the Mi A3 last week, but the inaugural updates bricked some devices. Looking at the XDA Developers Forums, the buggy update reached and compromised multiple devices before Xiaomi pulled it. In an announcement on Mi Community, Xiaomi stated that it was 'aware of the issue' and that it would provide an unconditionally free repair on any affected device, even if it is outside of warranty. We have included a screenshot of the announcement below should it get deleted.

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(Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi has not confirmed when it plans to restart the rollout of Android 11 for the Mi A3, but we would expect it to do so eventually. However, some people report that the company has already done so and has made the OTA available to download again. We would not recommend downloading the Android 11 OTA until Xiaomi confirms that it is safe to do so, though.

A person posting as @nullby has published an unbrick guide if you cannot send your device to a Xiaomi service centre. According to the guide, unbricking a Mi A3 requires opening the device or using an EDL (deep flash) cable, so it may be easier for most people to send the device to Xiaomi to repair.

The latest OS upgrade for the Mi A3 has bricked some handsets. (Image source: Reddit)
The latest OS upgrade for the Mi A3 has bricked some handsets. (Image source: Reddit)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-01- 6 (Update: 2021-01- 6)