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Xiaomi Mi A1 receives update with Android 8.1 Oreo

The update to Android 8.1 Oreo for the Xiaomi Mi A1 has started. This also applies to the Benelux. Some minor and visual changes have been made. The color of the quick settings can now be changed with the desktop background, and the start-up menu has also been changed.

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Although Android 8.1 Oreo has been available since December 5, 2017, the Xiaomi Mi A1 stayed behind. This was a little remarkable, since the Mi A1 runs on Android One. This is an inadequate version of Android, where updates are relatively easy to implement. For this the manufacturer of the device is still responsible, and not Google itself, contrary to what many people think.

The Mi A1 got the security update about every month, but stayed on 8.0 Oreo. This has now changed. Worldwide there were reports via XDA that the update had started, and that is also the case in the Benelux.

In Android 8.1 Oreo some minor visible changes have been made. For example, the start-up menu has been modified, and the quick settings change according to the desktop background.

Above you see the old boot menu on the left, and the new one on the right. The latter is placed where the power button is located, making it appear as if the menu appears from the button itself.

The color of the quick settings (quick toggels) adjusts to the background you set on your desktop. If you use a dark background, you will also get a dark background with the quick settings. If you use a lighter background, a white background will appear. This used to be an exclusive Pixel 2 feature, but has been made available to other phones since Android 8.1 Oreo. Also the transparency of the background of the quick toggels has been made higher, so you can still see what happens behind the fast settings.

Finally, the Android 8.1 Oreo update also includes the June security patch. This is the most recent security update, making the Xiaomi Mi A1 completely up to date.


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Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.

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Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.

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Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.

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Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip

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