Android 10 update for the Xiaomi Mi A3 set for February

Xiaomi Mi A3 on Avechi Kenya

Users of Xiaomi’s latest Android One smartphones, under the Mi A3 umbrella, may have been disappointed that the devices’ predecessor, the Mi A2, had received its Android 10 upgrade earlier than them.

This disappointment, however, isn’t meant to last long.

According to Xiaomi India (on Twitter), the long-awaited Android 10 update for the Mi A3 should be arriving in the middle of next month.

While Xiaomi India is definitely focused on the Indian user, users elsewhere, like those that have bought the device locally, can benchmark using that timeline given. Also, in the past, updates on Xiaomi Android One devices have hit units in the country as soon as they hit those in India and other markets.

The device’s kernel sources surfaced online on the same day as those for the Mi A2 were spotted. However, it is the latter that promptly received an update a few hours later and not the former.

Since late 2017, Xiaomi has been part of several device makers that offer their budget devices under the Android One programme from Google.

The promise of Android One is that devices under the programme, while remaining under the care of their respective makers who are tasked with delivering software updates, get the said updates (monthly security patches and major version upgrades like Android 10) promptly. For low-cost devices under the programme, this is a gamechanger as they would previously be left for the dead as device makers focused on their shiny flagship and other premium models.

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Still, the timelines envisioned under the programme, as we can see in Xiaomi’s case, remain hard to attain even though the Chinese device maker has stepped up in the past year and has delivered every monthly security update for the entire time that we have used the Mi A2 in our possession.

Having received two major Android upgrades, the first Xiaomi Android One device, the Xiaomi Mi A1, is not in line to officially receive a bump to Android 10.

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