Xiaomi Releases Android 11 OTA Update to Mi A3, Bricks Device for Several Users

As the year draws to a close, Xiaomi has started rolling out the Android 11 update for its lonely Android One smartphone, the Mi A3, all over the world. Many users reported receiving the update, which weighs 1.4GB. It brings with it the improved notification tone, conversation bubbles, improved privacy, and all the key features of Android 11.

If you have a Mi A3 also see this Android 11 update notification and are eager to try these new features, we suggest that you do not rush to install the update. Xiaomi didn’t announce an official update release date for the Mi A3, so seeing the Android 11 update rollout is a bit of a surprise. But it is plausible since the company does not need to prepare the MIUI 12 skin for the Mi A3. It is an Android One smartphone and runs on standard Android.

Upon witnessing an influx of reports, it appears that someone at Xiaomi has jumped the gun. They accidentally shipped a half Android 11 update for Mi A3 users. The update has locked the device of some users.

My A3 Bricked after Android 11 update

Seeing that notification would have been a delight for Mi A3 users, especially after the failed Android 10 update rollout earlier this year. But, it changed into an unfortunate position in no time.

Several users have taken to Xiaomi’s global community forums (not India, as it remains banned along with PUBG Mobile and TikTok) and social media to complain that the update has blocked their Mi A3. The update has rendered your device unusable.

As you can notice from the tweets below, users are reporting that their Mi A3 systems do not respond to button presses or detecting power input. This makes the situation grimmer as it makes it difficult for users to even reset or roll back their devices.

The issue of bricks does not appear to be limited to India. Several users from Greece and Italy have also raised concerns on the community forum. Since this update rollout started just a couple of hours ago, the root problem of this issue is currently unclear. Xiaomi has yet to issue an official statement, but owning the Mi A3 on behalf of the stock Android One has turned into a nightmare in 2020.

Mi A3 launched with Android 9 Pie out of the box and received Android 10 in April of this year. The update was riddled with bugs at first and it took Xiaomi four attempts to roll out a stable update. So we suggest that you don’t be tempted to install this Android 11 update also wait for a few days.

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