There are not many smartphones running Android that get regular updates. These are mainly Google's own devices, Samsung's flagships, and, perhaps, devices based on Android One, which are in the assortment of several popular manufacturers, including Xiaomi. But if you install updates on 'pixels' and 'samsungs', as practice shows, it is absolutely not dangerous, then I would not rush to update Chinese devices, but would rather see how things go with others. And then you never know what.
Do not update smartphones Xiaomi if you are not sure if updates are safe
The series of problems with updating smartphones Xiaomi, which consistently failed due to the installation of new versions of the OS, apparently did not end, because this week it received a logical continuation. Just the other day, the company released another update for Xiaomi Mi A3, which, instead of the promised fixes and improved performance, led to the fact that the device began to behave somehow unnaturally and lost some of its usual functions.
Problems Xiaomi Mi A3
@MiIndiaSupport help! This is really serious. Can't make or receive calls. @manukumarjain @s_anuj @geekyranjit @beebomco please see the above tweet! They gave some other regions update to # mia3 pic.twitter.com/YZkuPSJz7L
– Dakshit Shah (@DakshitShah) July 13, 2020
- The smartphone has lost the ability to make and receive calls;
- The second SIM card is disabled and is no longer displayed as if it is not there;
- The interface language itself has changed to Spanish;
- A new slide has appeared on the loading screen, referring to the Mexican operator Telcel;
- The smartphone began sending out notifications about communication problems.
Somehow a lot of problems for one update, which was supposed to be a pass-through, focusing on fixing minor interface bugs and system vulnerabilities. However, pretty soon it became clear where the legs grow from. As it turned out, Xiaomi accidentally started public distribution of the update, which was intended exclusively for users of Xiaomi Mi A3, purchased from the Mexican operator Telcel, whose logo appears when turned on. After the firmware update, a conflict occurred that blocked the operation of SIM-cards and provoked an alarm due to the lack of communication for all other devices.
Update problems Xiaomi
Updates can hurt you more than missing them
It would seem, well, what's wrong with that? Everyone can be wrong. All you need is to release an update with a fix that will return smartphones to their former performance. However, for me this is yet another proof that Xiaomi is going to update their devices carelessly. After all, this is not the first, or even the fifth, similar failure caused by the update. Since the end of last year, when the company began distributing Android 10, about a dozen of the brand's branded smartphones have suffered due to the update:
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi 9T / Mi 9T Pro
- Xiomi Mi A3
- Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
- Xiaomi Mi Note 10
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
Moreover, if you remember, the problems in most cases were quite serious. Some smartphones went into an endless reboot cycle, others stopped turning on, others hung on the power-on screen, and still others broke due to the installation of black wallpaper on the desktop. In general, sheer horror.
What is the conclusion from this? In my opinion, quite obvious. If you are a smartphone user Xiaomi, I would strongly recommend that you take your time installing the latest updates. Have someone else install them and check if everything is in order. To do this, you don't even need to look for people familiar with the brand's devices and expose them to unnecessary risk. You just have to wait 7-10 days until a sufficient audience installs the new version of the firmware, and if there are no negative reviews, therefore, you can do the same manipulation. So at least the smartphone can be kept in working condition.