(UPDATE: Official Statement) As we are wrapping up the year 2020, Xiaomi decided to roll out the Android 11 update for its lonesome Android One smartphone, the Mi A3, across the globe. The update weighs in at 1.4GB. It is expected to bring improved notification shade, conversation bubbles, enhanced privacy, improved DND mode and all of the key Android 11 features.
If you own a Mi A3 and have been seeing the Android 11 update notification, kindly exercise little patience before rushing to install the update. Xiaomi did not announce an official update release date for the Mi A3, so seeing the Android 11 update rollout is a bit surprising. But, it’s plausible as the company does not need to ready the MIUI 12 skin for Mi A3. It is an Android One smartphone and runs stock Android.
An influx of reports, suggests that someone at Xiaomi has jumped the gun. They have accidentally released a half-baked Android 11 update to Mi A3 users. The update has bricked the device of some users.
Mi A3 Bricked After Android 11 Update
Seeing that notification would have been a delight for Mi A3 users, especially after the botched Android 10 update rollout earlier this year. But, it turned into an unfortunate situation in no time.
Several users have taken to Xiaomi’s global community forums and social media to complain that the update has bricked their Mi A3. The update has rendered their device unusable.
Xiaomi’s Response To Mi A3 Brick After Android 11 Update
As soon as users who updated started sharing the issue on forums and social media, Xiaomi quickly published a warning post on Mi Community asking users of Mi A3 to not update to Android 11 if the OTA hits their device. Similarly, multiple Xiaomi and Mi A3-related Telegram groups and channels spread the message as fast as they could.
Anyway, Xiaomi has asked users to wait for the fix. We do not know how long it will take for the company to fix this mishap since the firm is yet to roll back the OTA as of publishing this article.
Whatever, make sure to not hit the ‘Download and install’ button. Else, you will also be left with a hard bricked smartphone (won’t turn on).
Update 1 (Jan 02, 2021 4:48 pm)
After keeping mum for a couple of days, Xiaomi has today released an official statement addressing the Mi A3 Android 11 update situation. The company says it is aware of the problem and has halted the update rollout. It is working on a fix at the moment.
You can read Xiaomi’s complete statement right here: “It has come to our notice that few users of Mi A3 are facing issues with the recent OTA update of Android 11. While the rollout has been stopped already at our end，our teams are working towards resolving the issue at the earliest. Customer experience is our top most priority and we regret the inconvenience caused. We will keep all users updated on the next steps.”
In the statement above, neither does the company offer a timeline for when the rollout will resume nor does it include any information on repairs. A lot of users have taken to social media to complain that Xiaomi’s service centers are demanding a hefty fee to repair the motherboard of their bricked Mi A3.