[A2/A2 Lite] Xiaomi Mi A2 Android 10 update under testing, Mi A1 gets December security patch (Download link inside)

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Here’s a crux of the story in a short video:

Original story (published on December 13, 2019) follows:

The reincarnation of the Android One program did attract a bunch of mainstream phone makers like LG or Motorola to promote this vanilla distribution. Nokia even went one step further and adapted the initiative for their entire portfolio of smartphones (minus the entry level Android Go devices).

Nokia 9 PureView: A flagship Android One phone which recently got stable Android 10 update

Although it is still not comparable to the Google Pixel-esque software support, Android One is somewhat helping OEMs to speed up the delivery process of major updates. Take the example of mid-ranger Nokia 7.1 or Motorola One Power, as both of them picked up the Android 10 OTA a few days ago.

What about Xiaomi? To be humble, things are a little bit complicated here, as none of the Android One phones from the Chinese OEM received the newest version of Android so far. The company released Android 10 with MIUI skin for phones like Redmi K20, so the delay in the other front is quite strange.

Mi A3 is still running Android Pie

Well, we have another ‘progress report’ from Xiaomi support. Considering the previous incidents, I would suggest you take it with a pinch of salt, but apparently the company is on the ‘final testing phase’ of the Android 10 update for 2018’s Mi A2.


To be frank, I don’t think they will be able to finish the quality testing phase (if there’s any) within this month, but hey, don’t lose hope! Xiaomi is notoriously known for rolling out buggy updates and pulling them back after a while, so we could see the same drama in the coming weeks.

On the other hand, Mi A1 is receiving a new update. As you may (or mayn’t) speculate, there is nothing new except the December security patch. The internal software version number is bumped from V10.0.15.0 to V10.0.16.0.


Will Mi A1 get Android 10 update in future? Probably no. Isn’t Mi A2 Lite based on the same Snapdragon 625 SoC as Mi A1 and entitled for Android 10? Yes.

THEN WHY…… stop right there! Take a deep breath and enjoy the colorful world (or learn to unlock the bootloader and flash a custom ROM – the choice is yours).

As always, we have the download link of the full update package for the sideloading fans. Here you go:

  • Device: Mi A1
  • Codename: tissot
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: V10.0.16.0.PDHMIXM
  • Android: 9
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 956864c64a2fe806565d27281e4bae31

Credit goes to my friend yshalsager and the Xiaomi Firmware Updater project for tracking the OTA update URL.

Update 1 (December 14)

The December update goes live for Mi A2 Lite. According to Xiaomi support, Android 10 for Mi A3 & A2 family should be available during the next month. Details here.

Update 2 (December 16)

After Mi A1 & A2 Lite, Xiaomi is delivering the December patch to Mi A2. However, the integrated download manager is crashing due to a serious bug. Take a look at this article for more info.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.