When Xiaomi’s Mi A1 was launched and the Smartphone comebacks of Google’s Android One program back in September, it has become rushed to pick up the device because of a stock experience and timely software & security updates. Xiaomi had highlighted the same to be the many benefits of the Mi A1, along with a premium budget experience. Fast forward four months and the device is still running Android 7.0 Nougat, with no official date for the release of the Oreo update in sight. Xiaomi promised that it would release Oreo for Mi A1 users by the end of 2017 and it has just recently started testing their Oreo 8.0 beta builds with a handful of testers and it is highly possible that you’re not one of them. Hence, if you have grown weary of the lengthy wait, there is way to update the Mi A1 to Android 8.0 Oreo right away.
Xiaomi may not release the kernel source for Mi A1 until the date as soon they announce the official Updates however, the developer community’s has made a semi-functional Lineage OS 14.1 port available for those interested in running Android Oreo on their Mi A1. Earlier, you were required to install a custom recovery software to flash the ROM, which led to a loss of your internal data, but a work around for the same rom that has been published on XDA community member ur0.
How to Install Android Oreo on Xiaomi Mi A1
Follow these steps as defined to you below & install Android Oreo on your Mi A1, without having to boot into recovery mode and lose your data:
1. Install Magisk on your device, which you can download from this link right here.
Note: The said app will help you root your device, once you’ve unlock your bootloader (as expected from Xiaomi phones), which will void the warranty of the device.
2. Then, install the attached Magisk module, called UpdateEngine_1.2 (download it right here), and reboot your device.
Note: This tool is a really handy one since it allows the Mi A1 to install over-the-air (OTA) updates that haven’t been assigned to your device. It has been said that to communicate with Android update engine binary and mimic Xiaomi update interface to preserve your data and flash a new & fresh custom ROM. It requires an unmodified system partition, since updates are installed block-by-block.
3. Now, open the Update Engine module you just installed and press start to install the Lineage OS custom port (which you can download here) on your device.
4. Now Once your installation process is done, reboot your Mi A1 and finally experience almost the pure stock Android Oreo 8.0 on your Xiaomi Mi A1. That’s all what you need to do.
Now you can have the latest Android Oreo 8.0 running on your Xiaomi Mi A1 before everyone else you can install it (not the beta testers, I guess). Mi A1 is one of the best & perfect budget devices in this budget Price range, as we have already pointed out in our review of this device, and we would recommend you to buy the device if you are not looking to run after the current trend of 18:9 aspect ratio Smartphone’s. And you can install Android Oreo instantly after unboxing it. If you are planning to update your Xiaomi Mi A1 device to Android Oreo? Share all your opinions & your experience and also if you face any issue let us know in the comment section down below.