Android 11 update for Xiaomi's Mi A3 rolls out again, but here's why you should wait a little longer
The original Android 11 update for the Xiaomi Mi A3 was bricking up phones and preventing them from booting.
Less than a week after it released a platform upgrade to Android 11 that bricked its Mi A3 Android One phones, Xiaomi has resumed the roll-out of the upgrade to its latest Android One device.
On Wednesday, users began to receive the refreshed Over The Air (OTA) update, and some who decided to install it were able to successfully boot their phones, according to reports. Users who haven't received the update notification can head over to the ‘System update' menu in the Settings app to check for an update manually.
The re-released build comes nearly five days after reports emerged that the original update prevented devices from booting altogether, after which the company admitted that there were issues with the build and halted the upgrade. HT Tech had reported on January 5 that the company was offering free repairs unconditionally (within or beyond warranty) for any Mi A3 units that were affected by the upgrade.
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The update brings nearly all of Android 11's new features including the improved app permissions management, the reworked notification shade that separates conversations, Messenger-styled Bubbles and an enhanced Do Not Disturb (DND) mode. The release notes also mention that users may have to re-adjust some settings as a few obsolete features have been removed.
While it is usually advisable for users to install the latest software updates available for their devices, Mi A3 users should probably err on the side of caution and still wait for a couple of days before installing the update, given the slightly worrisome update issues it has faced in the past - such as losing dual SIM functionality last year.
The Mi A3 was launched with Android Pie (9.0) out of the box and received an upgrade to Android 10 last year. However, the previous upgrade also suffered from software issues and the company only managed to get it right the third time around. This is the last platform upgrade for the device, which will continue to receive monthly security patches beyond this point.
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