Finally, Xiaomi has started beta testing Android 8.1 Oreo on Xiaomi Mi A1, the company’s first Android One smartphone. It is expected that the stable Oreo 8.1 update will be rolled to the phone by next month (July). In fact, Mi A1 Oreo 8.1 beta firmware (build OPM1.171019.019.V9.6.2.0.ODHMIFE) is available for download.

It has been over six months since Xiaomi rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo update for Mi A1, though it was suspended after a week due to stability issues. However, the company now started Android 8.1 Oreo beta testing, so Mi A1 users can expect the stable update soon, if everything went fine.


Xiaomi Mi A1

If you are a non-beta tester, but excited to get the Oreo 8.1 beta right now on your device, you can get it unofficially. Read on to know how to download and install Android 8.1 Oreo Beta manually on Xiaomi Mi A1, thanks to the XDA member logan9811 for sharing the file.

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Disclaimer: Follow the instruction at your own risk. We will not be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components. This is recommended for technically talented users only.

Download and Install Android 8.1 Oreo beta on Mi A1

1. Unlock the bootloader of your Mi A1 (follow this guide)

1. Download Android 8.1 Oreo Mi A1 fastboot image from this XDA thread

2. Unzip the file. You will get somes files like flash_all.bat. Copy all the files and save where ADB is installed on your computer.

3. Connect your phone to your PC in bootloader mode and run any of the batch file: flash_all.bat (will not wipe data) or flash_all_clean.bat (will wipe data)

Note that you will get a warning “Invalid sparse file format at header magic”. Just ignore it and wait for the process to finish. [Source – XDA]

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