Xiaomi Android 10 update Q/A: Pixel feature drops, Dark gray mode, gesture navigation, apps force shutdown & more

Xiaomi has four devices in its Android One family – the Mi A1, Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite and the newest of them all, the Mi A3. With a promise of at least two OS upgrades, it means there is no room for the official Mi A1 Android 10 update, but the unofficial version already available.

The rest of the family is eligible for Android 10 and fresh off rolling out the patched-up version of the Mi A3 Android 10 update, Xiaomi dived further into some of the issues and concerns of its wider Android One family after switching to the new OS in an Android 10 update Q/A.

Just so you know, the update is already available for the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, but the latter rollout was pulled after bootlooping issues emerged.

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Xiaomi Mi A3

Xiaomi Android 10 update Q/A for (Android One)

Although the Xiaomi Android 10 update Q/A is under the announcement post for the Mi A3 Android 10 update, Xiaomi is pretty clear that the info also affects other devices in the Mi A series eligible for Android 10. Let’s dive in:

Pixel feature drops

Google Pixel feature drop is the company’s little plan of getting other Android users to realize that the Pixels receive a bunch of exclusive features via software updates that arrive ahead of other Android handsets.

When asked whether its line of Android One devices will also get treated to Pixel feature drops, Xiaomi’s answer is a solid no. These will remain exclusive functions of the Pixel phones.

Given that the Google Pixel software is no longer considered stock (AOSP), the feature drops won’t see the light on Android One, which is now considered the AOSP version.

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Mi A2

Dark gray mode

Those who already updated to Android 10 on their Mi A2, Mi A3 or even the buggy Mi A2 Lite firmware know that the system-wide Dark (black) mode baked into the Pixels isn’t the same thing you get on the Android One trio’s sound settings and controls.

Instead, you get a Dark gray shade, which isn’t ideal for some. When asked why Xiaomi once again points to AOSP – that this is the natural appearance of the so-called Dark mode in stock Android. So, unless you want stock Android altered, better start finding fun in the Dark gray mode.

Gesture navigation

Android 10 introduced new ways of navigation using gestures, but some people are having trouble using them after installing the new OS. According to Xiaomi Android 10 update Q/A, only the default launcher works fine with gestures, so better get rid of your preferred Nova Launcher.

Less fluid system and apps forcefully shutting down

Some say Android 10 is less fluid when compared to the previous Android 9 Pie while others have accused the new OS of forcefully shutting down some apps when in use. If you are experiencing these issues, Xiaomi recommends doing a full factory reset after the update.

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Mi A2 Lite

Alternatively, you may also re-install the update to Android 10 using the Fastboot method in order to clean residual files that may be conflicting with the system stability. Unfortunately, the Fastboot ROM isn’t available for download yet. Keep an eye on this post, though.

Camera, GCam apps not working

If you are experiencing issues with the stock camera app or even the GCam mod after updating to Android 10, Xiaomi says a modified build.prop to enable Camera2API for GCam compatibility could be the reason.

If you have modified the build.prop to enable Camera2API, it is possible that there is incompatibility with the official Camera application, so it closes, if you also have it in GCam, you should look for a version compatible with Android 10.

Apps that require location not working

Following the update to Android 10, you may encounter issues with weather widgets and other apps that require location access in order to perform their functions. In this case, all you need is to check their location permissions and set to “Always allow”.

Of course, there is more to Android 10 than what is shared in this Q/A. Matter of fact, it may take weeks or even months before you get fully acclimatized to the new OS, but you may never get to exhaust everything on offer.

Check out the full Xiaomi Android 10 update Q/A here.

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