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Android Oreo Beta Rolling Out to Xiaomi Mi A1 Beta Testers

The Xiaomi Mi A1 launched in September as the manufacturer’s first Android One smartphone, and it almost single-handedly revitalized interest in Google’s entry-level hardware platform. That’s because of specifications that include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip, 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, and 12MP+12MP dual rear cameras. It’s powered by nearly stock Android 7.1 Nougat, with only a few modifications such as the MIUI camera app.

Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 would get Android Oreo before the end of the year, and last week announced it was looking for beta testers. Now, Xiaomi’s started rolling out the update, and GSMArena managed to obtain a few screenshots of it.

 

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Source: GSMArena

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The Android Oreo Beta of the Xiaomi Mi A1 is 1104MB in size and includes the December 1, 2017 security patch. It’s expected to roll out to all users by the end of this year, which would make the Mi A1 one of the first phones in its price bracket to receive official Android Oreo.

Separately, the Mi A1 has gotten a semi-functional LineageOS port. That’s despite the fact that we still haven’t seen the phone’s kernel sources, which is a bit worrisome considering Xioami promised it’d make them public within the first few months of the phone’s launch date. Custom ROM development is progressing at a snail’s pace as a result, which doesn’t bode well for the Mi A1’s future.

Still, we found the Mi A1 to be a great device for stock Android enthusiasts in our review — especially at its price tag. It’s made all the more appealing by its recent Rs. 1000 price cut, which improves its value-for-money proposition against new competitors such as the Honor 7X. At Rs. 13,999, the Mi A1 is still one of the best devices out there (even if we take the lack of kernel sources into account), and the Oreo update is sure to improve its user experience.


Via: GSMArena

Xiaomi is looking for Android 8.0 Oreo beta testers for the Mi A1

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Xiaomi seeks beta testers for Mi A1 Android Oreo update

0cbe4_Xiaomi-Mi-A1-Review-9-840x560 Xiaomi seeks beta testers for Mi A1 Android Oreo update

When we reviewed the Xiaomi Mi A1 in November, we said it came very close to being the perfect midrange phone. The Mi A1 is powered by stock Android, meaning it avoids one of the arguably least desirable aspects of regular Xiaomi phones (MIUI) and gets one of the most desirable of others (stock Android).

Xiaomi’s usage of stock Android also suggested that the handset would see fast updates, even though the manufacturer typically lags behind other OEMs when it comes to major Android version rollouts. And the good news is that it looks like this will be the case.

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In a post in its MIUI forums, Xiaomi has asked Mi A1 smartphone owners to come forward to take part in an Android Oreo beta program. The beta is open to Mi A1 users in all regions, so long as they speak English, and they will have to submit an application to enter. This involves downloading the MIUI Forum app and providing their phone’s IMEI number.

Further, Xiaomi also says that those wishing to apply should:

  • Have an interest in device testing and some knowledge of ROMs
  • Be active on forum
  • Be willing to discuss the beta with other members in both the QQ group and forum

Those who are accepted into the program will then have the chance to play with the Android Oreo software on their device before it rolls out officially sometime later. For those of you who are interested, the application deadline is midnight (Beijing time) on December 11; head over to MIUI.com for more information.

Xiaomi is Looking for Beta Testers for the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Update

Xiaomi works very closely with the community and often time recruits some dedicated fans to test out a brand new Android update. The company recently began recruiting Xiaomi Mi 6 owners who wanted to test a close beta version of Android Oreo based on MIUI’s China Alpha ROM. Today, they are looking for people who own the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One smartphone to test a stock version of Android Oreo that they are currently working on.

Beta testing unreleased versions of Android is something that has become more and more popular these days. This wasn’t something that was common a few years ago until Google started delivering developer preview builds to the community. Since then, we’ve seen companies including Samsung, LG, Nokia, Xiaomi, OnePlus and many others following Google’s example. This allows customers to get their hands on new versions of Android while also helping the OEM out by reporting some bugs and glitches that they come across.

Xiaomi recently joined the Android One program with the release of the Mi A1. They’ve been recruiting beta testers for unreleased versions of MIUI for a while now so it makes sense that they begin doing the same for their first Android One smartphone. If you own the Xiaomi Mi A1, then Xiaomi would like you to submit an application to see if you’re eligible for the beta test. This requires that you provide them your IMEI number and then download the Xiaomi MIUI Forum application from the Play Store.

Once installed, go ahead and open it up and then launch the Recruitment page. You’ll be asked to fill out a few things including your IMEI number, what times you use the device, your region, and  a reason why you feel you would be a good beta tester. With that done, just tap the submit button and your application will be sent in.

02014_Xiaomi-Mi-A1-Android-Oreo-Beta Xiaomi is Looking for Beta Testers for the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Update


Source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi is Looking for Beta Testers for the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Update

Xiaomi works very closely with the community and often time recruits some dedicated fans to test out a brand new Android update. The company recently began recruiting Xiaomi Mi 6 owners who wanted to test a close beta version of Android Oreo based on MIUI’s China Alpha ROM. Today, they are looking for people who own the Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One smartphone to test a stock version of Android Oreo that they are currently working on.

Beta testing unreleased versions of Android is something that has become more and more popular these days. This wasn’t something that was common a few years ago until Google started delivering developer preview builds to the community. Since then, we’ve seen companies including Samsung, LG, Nokia, Xiaomi, OnePlus and many others following Google’s example. This allows customers to get their hands on new versions of Android while also helping the OEM out by reporting some bugs and glitches that they come across.

Xiaomi recently joined the Android One program with the release of the Mi A1. They’ve been recruiting beta testers for unreleased versions of MIUI for a while now so it makes sense that they begin doing the same for their first Android One smartphone. If you own the Xiaomi Mi A1, then Xiaomi would like you to submit an application to see if you’re eligible for the beta test. This requires that you provide them your IMEI number and then download the Xiaomi MIUI Forum application from the Play Store.

Once installed, go ahead and open it up and then launch the Recruitment page. You’ll be asked to fill out a few things including your IMEI number, what times you use the device, your region, and  a reason why you feel you would be a good beta tester. With that done, just tap the submit button and your application will be sent in.

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Source: Xiaomi

Xiaomi is looking for Mi A1 Android 8.0 Oreo update beta testers

Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 running stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat (and the stock part makes perfect sense considering that it’s part of the Android One program). It’s received a couple of updates since, but it still hasn’t tasted Oreo.

That’s about to change real soon, however. Xiaomi has announced that it’s currently looking for eager Mi A1 owners to beta test its upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo software release. You have until December 11 at 11:59 PM Beijing time to enter, which you do by following the steps outlined at the Source linked below.

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Long story short: you need to use the MIUI Global Forum app on your device, and then fill in some info (including the phone’s IMEI numbers in the Comments box of the application form). Note however that to participate in the beta you will be required to use QQ for communicating with other members. You should also have been active on the MIUI global forum, and that’s where you’ll receive a PM if you’re selected.

The good news is that you can join regardless of where you’re located, and the language of all communication will be English. Obviously, you should also be able to tolerate bugs – an inherent part of any beta software release. For now it’s unclear when to expect the first build to roll out to testers, or when Xiaomi will feel confident enough about the software to send it out to all Mi A1 owners.

Source | Via

Xiaomi is looking for Mi A1 Android 8.0 Oreo update beta testers

Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 running stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat (and the stock part makes perfect sense considering that it’s part of the Android One program). It’s received a couple of updates since, but it still hasn’t tasted Oreo.

That’s about to change real soon, however. Xiaomi has announced that it’s currently looking for eager Mi A1 owners to beta test its upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo software release. You have until December 11 at 11:59 PM Beijing time to enter, which you do by following the steps outlined at the Source linked below.

26ad8_gsmarena_002 Xiaomi is looking for Mi A1 Android 8.0 Oreo update beta testers

Long story short: you need to use the MIUI Global Forum app on your device, and then fill in some info (including the phone’s IMEI numbers in the Comments box of the application form). Note however that to participate in the beta you will be required to use QQ for communicating with other members. You should also have been active on the MIUI global forum, and that’s where you’ll receive a PM if you’re selected.

The good news is that you can join regardless of where you’re located, and the language of all communication will be English. Obviously, you should also be able to tolerate bugs – an inherent part of any beta software release. For now it’s unclear when to expect the first build to roll out to testers, or when Xiaomi will feel confident enough about the software to send it out to all Mi A1 owners.

Source | Via

Xiaomi Reportedly Recruiting Testers for a Closed Beta of Android Oreo for the Mi 6

Xiaomi has been rolling out MIUI 9 ROM to its Redmi and Mi series smartphones for a while now. And while it might take some time before all device have been updated to the latest version of Xiaomi’s custom skin, it appears that the company might be already gearing up for Android Oreo.

According to Gizmochina, Xiaomi has quietly begun recruiting testers for a closed beta of Android Oreo for its flagship Mi 6 smartphone. The report notes the recruitment process for beta testers is currently in progress and that a beta version of Oreo will be made available to these beta users in the coming weeks. While the company hasn’t made any formal announcement yet, photos shared by users, who are presumably selected for this beta program, reveal that the company is looking for early adopters to try out a closed beta of Android Oreo.

Xiaomi hasn’t provided any ETA for a public beta or a stable roll out either, but given Xioami’s track record with Android platform updates, it’s safe to assume that we are not going to see a stable release anytime soon. While the beta program is only available for the Mi 6 at the moment, it’s a good indicator that Xiaomi’s other flagships such as the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3 might also get a taste of Oreo through a similar beta program in the near future.

The Mi 6 is a flagship device from Xiaomi, packing top-of-the-line hardware in a premium metal and glass design. It was originally announced in China back in April of this year. However, due to tight supply of key hardware components and increasingly strong demand in China, the device didn’t see a wider release outside its home country.

Xiaomi is, of course, not the first OEM to open up an Oreo beta program; OEMs like OnePlus, Huawei, Nokia, Samsung and Essential have already rolled out a beta version of Oreo to their flagship devices. As 2017 comes to an end, we are likely to see more Oreo love all around.


Source: Gizmochina

‘Street Fighter IV CE’ is Heading to Android and Capcom is Looking for Beta Testers

I don’t own an Android device and aside from covering news that pertains to both iOS and Android I don’t really follow the scene over on Google’s platform. But I’m pretty certain that none of Capcom’s mobile iterations of Street Fighter have been on Android devices in the past, at least officially. Which makes today’s news especially exciting for Android gamers as the Capcom Mobile Twitter account has tweeted out that they’re looking for beta testers for the forthcoming Android version of Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99]. The tweet comes with a link to a survey which you can fill out to drop your name in the hat of potential beta testers.

If you’re unfamiliar with Street Fighter IV CE, it landed on iOS back in July and is essentially a revamped version of the original 2010 mobile version of Street Fighter IV and its online multiplayer capable 2011 counterpart Street Fighter IV Volt. Besides compatibility with the latest versions of iOS and the latest iOS device screen sizes, and some slightly improved visuals and additional characters, Street Fighter IV CE is largely the same as those previous games. And, well, since I LOVED those previous games I also loved Champion Edition in our review. It certainly won’t fit the bill if you’re expecting competition-level fighting, but it’s fun as heck and can fit in your pocket which makes it well worth it in my eyes.

Capcom has also added to the game since release, with 3 new fighters arriving in August and another 3 arriving just last month alongside some nice quality of life improvements to the matchmaking. Hopefully the Android version will be cross-platform so all of us mobile street fighters can play against each other, but at any rate if you’re an Android owner wanting to get your hands on Street Fighter IV CE for your device of choice, fill out the survey and hopefully make it into the beta testing pool, and we’ll let you know when the official release of the Android version is announced.




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