According to repots surfacing online, Xiaomi is expressing keen interest in building an Android One phone. Google revealed 9 more Android One partners at the launch of first set of Android One smartphones, and now Xiaomi wants a piece of pie as well.
“We will like to use Android One. we are a huge fan of the product. I think it is just a matter of time. For now we have decided to not to create another line of product because we want to focus on the existing one. But if you see our philosophy, we like to offer people choice. For example, we encourage people if they want to try out new ROMs. We provide warranty even if you have rooted your phone. Android One is another way of providing choice to consumers,” said Hugo Barra, Xiaomi head of global expansion.
Xiaomi already has an extremely hit Redmi 1S selling in the same price bracket, but an Android One alternative with promised latest updates sounds enticing. This is also surprising coming from a company deeply invested in its custom MIUI.
Hugo Barra was a part of Android One Project at Google and that explains his attachment and admiration. He also added that the company isn’t looking to add new lines of product and modify existing ones. However, this isn’t how Android One works for now and thus this is what makes us skeptical about seeing Stock Android ROM on Xiaomi phones any time soon.