Android 11 comes in Xiaomi MI A3 but suffers from W / issue

The official Android 11 update is now being rolled out for the Xiaomi Mi A3 but as we saw with the Android 10 rollout last year, it’s not without several size issues.

For the uninitiated, the original rollout of Android 10 for the Xiaomi Mi A2 and A3 was fraught with danger because many people mistakenly received the Mexican firmware update or had problems from the Brick device to the power issue. The update was previously pulled three times in 2020, which, to be honest, is a joke for such a lightweight update on any device running Android One.

At about 1.4 GB, as you expected – the OTA update is a one-size-fits-all. It brings with it all the features of Android 11 that we have come to know and love, including enhanced privacy controls, conversation bubbles, disturbed mode plus more:

Image: XDA Developer

Annoyingly, that trend continues with the Android 11 update for the Xiaomi Mi A3 – although it still doesn’t look like the update was pulled at the time this piece was released. Some people are complaining on Twitter that the update has bricked their MI3 handsets (via XDA).

@ Xiaomi India Today got the A11 update on my MI A3 and after installing it and restarting the device the phone is completely dead. It is not charging or running on What is it? My phone is completely dead on New Year’s Eve @ @ Xiaomi support @ Manukumarzain

– Mohammad Mahefuz @ (@Mahefuz) December 31, 2020

Now while we appreciate that this kind of affordable Android device is being updated to Android 11, you would expect that these issues were resolved before the actual rollout process pulled the trigger. There was a problem with the Android 10 rollout, Xiaomi really should have confirmed before they thought about effectively sending the Android 11 update to their My A3 to bulletproof users.

Due to the inherent risks and issues with the Android 11 update in the case of the Xiaomi Mi A3, we’d say it would be worthwhile to wait a while longer to see if automatic updates are disabled and fixed among the developer options on your device. If you own the perfect MI A3, you can check for Settings> System> System Update> Update and install the update under the heading. We strongly advise against doing this in this instance.

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