Xiaomi’s Mi A-series of devices are very famous and are recommended by a lot of tech enthusiasts and influencers. The reason for this is just that A-series devices from Xiaomi ship with pure Android One out of the box instead of coming with MIUI skinned. MIUI is feature-rich, but most of the Android users end up picking stock Android devices over the MIUI devices. Now, a piece of information comes to us which confirms that Xiaomi has accidentally rolled out Mexican carrier firmware to the Global variant of Mi A3.
This is not the first time we are witnessing Xiaomi messing up Mi A3 in regards to the update. First, we have seen that not all the Mi A3 devices get the updates at the same time. Moreover, a few batches of devices have few bugs that updates cannot fix. A few sets of bugs are only found on few Mi A3 devices. Now in between all these stories, the company has now seeded out the build for carrier exclusive Mi A3 OTA update to the Global variant.
The global version of the Mi A3 runs QFQMIXM build, but the one which Xiaomi sent out is QFQMTC. The update that Xiaomi pushed to be precise is v184.108.40.206.QFQMXTC which weighs a roundabout 1.40 GB. According to various users, the update disables usage sim usage functionality of the device.
Which is a very obvious thing considering the firmware is carrier based. Also, the new update brings a new boot animation, which is new to Global as it is Mexican boot animation. Furthermore, it also brings in two new applications Telcel and Claro Musica.
Mi A3 Mexican Firmware to Global
Got a random 1.4GB update from @XiaomiIndia on my #mia3
Now my simcard isn't getting detected and when I boot my phone, there's some telcel written. Language has changed to some other. @MiIndiaSupport help. Can't make or receive calls. What kind of joke is this? pic.twitter.com/W5WtveopSs
— Dakshit Shah (@DakshitShah) July 13, 2020
Just like with any other Android One update, this update did not carry any build number and changelog. Most of the users thought it is an update with the July security patch. Instead, it is found out that this is the June update for Telcel Mi A3.
Most of the users started tweeting about this on Twitter and other brand-related forums. Dakshit Shah who is a Mi A3 user tweeted out saying that he has received a random update and his network is not working anymore.
Soon after this, Xiaomi took it to address the issue on its Mi Community Global forum, which is now inaccessible in India after the recent ban. Xiaomi asked its users not to update the device firmware which came through the update.
Unfortunately, the harm is already done and yet the update is not removed from the server. Regardless of all this, Xiaomi itself is not sure whether they can fix the issue or not.
The company quoted that they will try if there is any possible way to fix, but if the users did not update it, they asked them not to update. As far as I know, they cannot push an update again which can revert the network back. All they do for now is, they will have to arrange a free service at the customer care centers globally which would definitely affect Xiaomi due to the current pandemic situations.
Android Jungles’ Editor Tarun Tej is a Bangalore-based writer and journalist whose work has appeared in True-Tech, DroidJournal, DroidViews, and various other online publications. An avid photographer, music-lover, and film-buff. He finds ultimate joy when writing about the latest tech and geek stuff. His interests are ranging from anything to do with mobiles, cameras, and any gadget for that matter.