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[Q & A] Xiaomi Mi A1 Android 8.0 Oreo FAQ / How to install the latest update for MI A1

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This post was edited by nosparenickname at 21:39, Mar-11-2018

Q: I haven't received the lastest security update, how can I get it?
A: Just wait. Updates may take up to two weeks to reach your smartphone.
There's now an official way to force install updates:
  • Download and install the latest version of Google Play Services - it's an official signed version, 12.2.17 (448-186052348) (12217448).
  • Check for updates - you'll receive an update immidiately.
Edit: installing an APK manually is no longer necessary - this GPS update has been released worldwide.

Q: What's the current build number?
A: As of March 1, 2018, the current build is OPR1.170623.026.V9.5.4.0.ODHMIFA Security patch level: February 1, 2018. Kernel version: 3.18.66-perf-g90e3040 builder@mi-server #1 Mon Feb 26 11:58:45 WIB 2018
Edit: as of March 11 this update has been revoked for unknown reasons.

Q: Does Picture in picture mode work?
A: It does but only a few apps currently support it: e.g. VLC (it must(!) be enabled first in VLC settings), Google Chrome (for desktop mode), YouTube (YouTube red subscription is required), Google Maps (only in navigation mode) and WhatsApp (during a video call).

Q: What are the known bugs?
A: Check this topic.

Q: Where can I get a firmware image to flash offline (fastboot ROM)?
A: Check this page for updates.

Q: Are there EIS or Camera2API? Has low light camera performance been improved?
A: Sadly, both are still missing and low light camera performance is still horrible.

Q: How can I improve low light camera performance?
A: Root your phone, enable  EIS/Camera2API, install Google Camera with HDR+.

Q: Can I use/install Google Camera with HDR+?
A: No. (Yes, if you're willing to root your phone and enable EIS/Camera2API).

Q: I've heard about Quick Charge in Oreo, is it indeed present?
A: No, this has been verified by many people, some of whom used multimeters.

Q: What about the Google Phone (dialer) and Google Messages apps?
A: They are now both stock straight from Google.
Update: The latest version of Google Phone is incompatible with the MI A1 for unknown reasons but it's Google who made this decision.

Q: How can I hide the X mark for mobile networks?
A: You can disable WiFi or you can install a substratum theme, "Hide X".

Q: My favourite app or game crashes under Oreo.
A: Factory reset your phone, install just this game/app - check if it crashes. If it does, contact its developer. If it doesn't then some other app or your settings have broken the app/game.

Q: How can I disable/hide/remove App is running in background notification?
It's a "feature" of Android 8. There are three methods to get rid of this nuisance.



Old FAQ:

Q: When Android 8 (Oreo) for Xiaomi Mi A1 is going to get released?
A: No one except Xiaomi employees knows and they don't frequent these forums. Most likely in January 2018. It was released on December 31, 2017.

Q: Can I still participate in a beta program?

A: The enrollment ended on December, 11th, 2017. If you applied before that date and were not chosen, now you cannot.

Q: When does the beta testing begin?
A: It began on December 13th, 2017.

Q: Why wasn't I selected as a beta tester?
A: Less than a hundred people were selected and based on what's known, the selection process was truly random.

Q: What's currently known about Android 8.0 Oreo for Xiaomi Mi A1?

A: Read this thread.

Q: Can I make suggestions?

A: You can, but only beta testers have a voice.

An old and risky way to get the latest update: If you're impatient, go to Settings -> Apps, enable showing of System Apps, find Google Services Frameworks, stop them, clear its data, check for updates. If you use this option you must factory reset your phone after update.
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This post was edited by lozza_loz at 11:19, Mar-15-2018

I received 9.5.4.0 yesterday (March 14) I didn't use any trickery to trigger an update, it was a standard OTA. It looks like the update is no longer suspended.

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I have the latest GPS version 12.2.18 updated automatically itself and the February security patch still no where to be seen. Not sure whether updating manually will helps at all.

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 Author| 16:32, Jan-13-2018 | From PC
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Build OPR1.170623.026.8.1.10 has been released.

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17:50, Dec-15-2017 | From APP
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how can i become beta tester ?

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how did u know stable release in 2018 jan

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22:27, Dec-15-2017 | From PC
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January 2018 is not before 2018...........

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This post was edited by nosparenickname at 03:13, Dec-16-2017
Prakash_pspk replied at 2017-12-15 17:58
how did u know stable release in 2018 jan

I made an educated guess. They started a beta testing phase just a few days ago and considering that Android is a very complicated OS to port to a particular device, it becomes obvious that 12 work days in this year seem not to be enough to complete the beta testing and release a stable version.

Again I might be wrong and even if I am that doesn't change the fact that Xiaomi could have released Mi A1 with Oreo from the get go and they are terribly late with it (at least half a dozen of non-Google devices already run Oreo).

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05:26, Dec-16-2017 | From PC
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Why did you put this information?  Totally invented, you don´t work for Xiaomi. Go home...

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It suppose to be before December 21, 2017. If it's after then Xiaomi broke their promise.

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well said

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jlmcr87 replied at 2017-12-16 05:26
Why did you put this information?  Totally invented, you don´t work for Xiaomi. Go home...

There are zero "invented" things here aside from the release date which is a guesstimate.

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Please use search before posting any thread and don't create multiple threads with the same topic. Be patience. If official stable available official thread will be posted. Thank you.

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