Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi A2 Android 10 kernel sources released before update
Xiaomi launched the Mi A3 in July 2019 with Android 9 Pie, and the good-looking smartphone made its way to India a month later. Similarly, the Mi A2 was launched in July 2018 with Android 8.1 Oreo and made its way to India in the next month. The Mi A2 received its stable Android 9 Pie update in November 2018, bringing the phone up to speed on the then-latest version of Android. We’re in 2020, and both the Android One smartphones from Xiaomi are awaiting their Android 10 update. While we have no information on when exactly the updates are arriving, Xiaomi has already uploaded kernel sources for the Android 10 update for the Mi A2 and Mi A3.
The Android One program started its journey way back in 2014 with Android Lollipop. Though the first set of Android One devices were squarely budget devices, the program went on to incorporate devices in higher price ranges. While not an exact replacement to the Google Play Edition program, Android One has provided users with the option of using Google’s Android on devices not made by Google. When Xiaomi announced the Mi A1, enthusiasts like us were excited by the prospect of using Google’s software experience on Xiaomi’s value-centric hardware. Android One smartphones also promise two years of OS updates as well as three years of regular security updates. MIUI back then also lacked some of the refinement present right now, so the entire proposition was very enticing.
However, with both, the Mi A2 and the Mi A3, users have not been able to shake off the feeling that Xiaomi has purposefully held back its Android One smartphones from achieving their full potential. There have been some hardware compromises along the way, ones that did not make their way to the popular Redmi Note lineup launched in the corresponding timeframe. And now, the delay in delivering Android 10 to devices under the Android One program takes away from one of the prime selling points of quick Android updates.
Xiaomi has been silent on when Android 10 is going to arrive for the Xiaomi Mi A3 and the Xiaomi Mi A2. Since the Android 10 kernel sources are now live, we presume that the updates are on the horizon. If you cannot wait to try out Android 10 on your device, know that you can always experience them through custom ROMs on both the Mi A2 and Mi A3.