Xiaomi’s Android 8.0 Oreo release for Mi A1, the Android One device has been far from perfect. At the launch of Mi A1, Xiaomi promised to release Oreo update before the end of 2017. The company lived up to that promise by releasing Oreo update towards the end of December 2017.
The update was found to be buggy and even forced the company to pull it. The Chinese smartphone maker then released an update fixing the previously disclosed bugs only to pull it back for the second time. To make the roll out process worse, a number of users who have installed the update are now reporting new set of bugs affecting the device.
Xiaomi Mi A1 users running the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update are citing instances of battery drain and fingerprint sensor lag. There are reports of excessive battery drain after updating with Android Oreo on Reddit, XDA forum and Xiaomi’s official support forum for the past few weeks. Some users are claiming the battery drain is so bad that they are forced to charge their device twice daily with minimal usage.
The Mi A1 users are also seeing short delay while attempting to unlock the device with fingerprint sensor. There are reports suggesting the delay is approximately one second after the latest Oreo update. Xiaomi has confirmed that it is looking into both the issues reported by Mi A1 users.
The company seems to have already begun working on the battery drain bug while the fingerprint sensor issue is also expected to be rectified soon. The whole saga around Xiaomi pulling down the update twice and users reporting multiple bugs shows the company has failed to extensively test its Oreo update before making it available as a stable build.
Xiaomi Mi A1 was expected to usher in a new stage for the Chinese smartphone maker which does not have a really good track record as far as roll out of software update is concerned. But the update experience has been far from satisfactory so far and it would be worth holding off from OS update till there is a bug-free release from the company.