Xiaomi, in the latest move, has reportedly pulled back the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Mi A1. The update was rolled out a couple of days ago, but several Mi A1 users on Reddit are stating that the OTA update notification has disappeared on their smartphone. While Xiaomi is yet to officially confirm this news, it's believed the reason behind this is due to the deletion of text messages and the failure of SafetyNet, which is a major bug. But the update rollout is expected to resume in the next couple of days as it has been one of the much-requested updates from the Mi A1 users.
In the past too, Xiaomi faced such issues with the Mi A1 smartphone. It rolled out the Android 8.0 Oreo update earlier this year but quickly pulled back due to some bugs. The same has happened right now. Coming to the Android 8.1 Oreo update which was rolled out some days back, several users who updated successfully stated that their text messages disappeared. But the issue was faced by most of the stock SMS app users and users on the third-party SMS app did not notice any text messages loss.
Furthermore, some users also reported the failure of SafetyNet. This is a major bug as SafetyNet offers APIs access to developers with which they can check whether the device is infected with malware or running a custom ROM. And several users on Mi Forums are also reporting several battery drain issues, while some users say the update has improved battery life on their device. Maybe wiping the cache by heading over to Recovery mode will fix the battery drain issue.
That said, Xiaomi has now pulled the OTA and users won't be able to get their device to Android 8.1 Oreo. The OTA pull down is evident because users who already received the OTA update notification on their Mi A1 and kept it pending are now noticing the lack of an OTA update in the System Updates menu. It's unknown when Xiaomi will release the update again. For the unaware, the Mi A1 Android 8.1 Oreo also came with June 2018 security patch fixes.