Download MIUI 10 Global Stable (Android 8.1 Oreo) for the Xiaomi Redmi 5A
While most technology websites covering the Android ecosystem focus mainly on mid-range and flagship devices (us included), there are millions of users who don’t care about those devices because they stick to cheaper budget phones. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is one such device that flies under the radar in the tech world, even though it’s one of the best-selling Android smartphones in the world. We noted in our review of the Redmi 5A that the device launched with MIUI 9 on top of Android 7.1 Nougat, but we weren’t certain if the device would receive an official Android Oreo update. Last month, Xiaomi rolled out MIUI 10 Global Stable for the Redmi 5A, but again the software was based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Now, however, the company is releasing an updated version of MIUI 10 Global based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
As noted in the official Mi forum post, the update is being pushed randomly to select users. The update is technically a “beta” of the Global Stable release, but if all goes well the same update will be released more widely. However, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer yshalsager, we have the full OTA link of the Android 8.1 Oreo update which you can download now. You can install it via MIUI Updater in settings or by flashing it via TWRP if you have an unlocked bootloader.
Be sure to join our forums for the Xiaomi Redmi 5A if you’re interested in custom development for the device. We doubt the device will receive an official Android 9 Pie update, but you can certainly flash a custom Android Pie-based ROM if you would rather not wait and find out.