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Xiaomi's Hugo Barra: We might launch an Android One phone, MIUI with Lollipop to arrive Q1 2015

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Xiaomi's Hugo Barra: We might launch an Android One phone, MIUI with Lollipop to arrive Q1 2015

In a recent interview, ex-Googler Hugo Barra, which left for Xiaomi, revealed that the Mi line of top-tier Xiaomi devices will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop in the first few months of 2015, closely followed by the mid-range Redmi line of phones. Of course, the newest iteration of Google's mobile OS will come with the manufacturer's own MIUI user interface on top. The development of this exact firmware build is currently a priority for Xiaomi, Barra claimed, suggesting that the Apple-esque MIUI will have to find a way to adopt the Material Design of Lollipop, hence this relative time delay.

Hugo Barra: Upgrading to Lollipop is my #1 priority from a product perspective for our global business.

Another spicy bit of news that Hugo Barra revealed is that Xiaomi will like to be part of the Android One initiative and launch such a device, which will run stock, unaltered Android sans MIUI on top. He claimed that he and his colleagues at Xiaomi's camp are "huge fans of Android One" and they "want to be part of it". Nevertheless, there's no word on when this might happen, yet Barra says that it's "just a matter of time", as Xiaomi will "definitely like to get to it".

Naturally, such a Xiaomi member of the Android One series will surely be as aggressively-priced as the higher-tier products of the China-based smartphone maker.  

source: TheNextWeb

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posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:42 1

1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1385; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Snapdragon 800/610 with 2GB ram.
5 inch 720p display
13MP main and 2mp front. 3000mah battery.
Sounds impossible? Nahh.... This is xiaomi we are talking about.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 13:36 1

7. michaelny2001 (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


you forgot to mention the $199 price point. I would jump on that in a heartbeat.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:50

2. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I would buy that suit.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:54

3. androidfanyo (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


Yeh xiaomi bring it up one android one phone that I want to buy

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:55

4. androidfanyo (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)


Yeh xiaomi bring it up one android one phone that I want to buy

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:09

5. Tziggy14 (Posts: 442; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


Xiaomi would be cannibalizing their own sales by launching an Android One phone.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:39

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1046; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Funny, previous rumors say XiaoMi divorce mediatek, now XiaoMi say they wanna make android one.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 14:29

8. Gaurav008 (Posts: 328; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Qualcomm is in the Android One project too. Look it up.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 17:19

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I'm predicting that their Android One phone is much cheaper than their current lineup of phones

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 22:04

10. dimas (Posts: 1972; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Xiaomi and Apple was succesful because they don't flood the market with overwhelming and confusing models. Redmi 1s and Mi line up is already good. Just improve Redmi 2 or Xiaomi Mi5. Please don't screw this Hugo, Android one phones will just become another market clutter and you'll end up like Samsung and Sony.

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