Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi A1, which is part of the Android One program, is officially receiving Android 8.0 Oreo. The Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched back in September 2017, marking the Chinese company’s first device to ship with stock Android out of the box. But despite being an Android One device it didn’t come with the latest software – the company instead promised an update to Android 8.0 at a later date. Now, that date has arrived and Xiaomi has confirmed via its official Twitter account that the software will be rolling out gradually to devices across the globe.
The Chinese manufacturer initially rolled out the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Mi A1 a while back, something that confirmed various new features that were set to be included in the final update. The final update, which will roll out in batches, weighs in at 1107.4MB and includes the December 2017 security patch. In terms of features, the new software brings Picture-in-Picture mode and WebView enhancements. As well as this, the redesigned settings menu is introduced to Mi A1 users, alongside the tweaked notifications panel and new adaptive app icons. Also included is the new keyboard navigation and the AAudio API for improved audio. As a result of the newly tweaked software, the battery performance should also receive a boost, while Xiaomi has also included support for fast charging, which was a highly requested feature among users. The support will be yet another welcome addition to the Mi A1’s already-impressive spec sheet, which includes a large 5.5-inch fullHD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 on the inside. Not only this, but 4GB of RAM is also included alongside 64GB of internal storage, while the camera department is also pretty impressive, with a front-facing 5-megapixel sensor, and a dual 12-megapixel camera setup on the rear, all of which is available for the equivalent of $275.
Although the Xiaomi Mi A1 is only just receiving Android 8.0 Oreo, the device has already been confirmed to receive this year’s Android P update, which is expected to see a late summer release. Not only this but because of the Android One program, it’s likely to be one of the first devices to receive the software. For now, though, those still waiting for the Android 8.0 update should make sure they have the latest December update installed (7.12.19) in order to receive the new software.