Xiaomi, Mi A1, Android One, review, camera, design,price, specifications, launch, features
[Representational Image] Xiaomi releases Android Oreo to Mi A1 beta testers: When will public roll-out begin? In Picture: Xiaomi Mi A1KVN Rohit/ IBTimes India

Xiaomi had earlier in the week launched the Android Oreo beta programme for the Mi A1 series in India and now, the company has commenced rolling out the new software for beta testers.

Android Oreo ROM is said to be a little over 1.1GB in size and comes with the latest Google December security patch, but since the software is a beta version, it might contain bugs. Xiaomi Mi A1 testers are urged to provide the feedback on their device's performance after getting upgraded to the new OS and also report any glitches.

When will general public get Android Oreo for their Mi A1?

As of now, there is no specific timeframe for Xiaomi's beta program. But going by the time taken by other Android affiliated OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), the company might take a month if not less, as it is offering pure Android and you need not have to make even a small tweak to the firmware like others.

So, Mi A1 device owners can expect to get a taste of Android Oreo (final version) before the end of January.

What's coming in Android Oreo?

Android Oreo comes with several improvements over Android Nougat such as faster booting, extended battery life by cutting down on unnecessary activities of apps in the background, more fluid experiences to phones and tablets as well as improvements in security via Google Play Protect that checks suspicious activities and malware in the application.

Read more: Google Android Oreo vs Android Nougat: What's changed?

A praiseworthy attribute of the Android Oreo is the Rescue Party feature, which helps the device to recover from constant boot loops.

Google, Android Oreo, features,
Google's Android 8.0 Oreo: Top 8 feature upgrades over v7.0 NougatAndroid Official Blog

It also brings new features such as picture-in-picture, which allows users to do two tasks simultaneously, like checking the calendar while planning a party on a Duo video call. And Smart Text Selection improves copy and paste. With the help of machine learning to recognise entities on the screen—like a complete address—users will be able to easily select text they want with a double tap, and even bring up an app like Maps to help during navigation.

Follow us @IBTimesIN_Tech on Twitter for latest updates on Google Android Oreo release schedule and Xiaomi products.