Barra: Xiaomi welcomes Microsoft and its experimental program, but we are not partners with them

Barra: Xiaomi welcomes Microsoft and its experimental program, but we are not partners with them
Just the other day, we told you how Microsoft is testing the Xiaomi Mi 4 by flashing a Windows 10 ROM on the device. We even showed you some photos of the Xiaomi handset running Microsoft's mobile OS. If the testing with Xiaomi pans out, Microsoft hopes to create ROMs for different Android devices. Flashing the ROM on a particular model will allow the user to have the native Windows 10 experience on his unit.

Even though Xiaomi made it clear that they were not partnering with Microsoft, rumors started circulating anyway that the two companies were working together and that future Xiaomi handsets would dual boot Android and Windows, or even run Windows all alone (replacing Google's open source OS). That brought a response from Googler turned Xiaomier (to make up a new word) Hugo Barra who put up a post on his Google+ page.

Barra reiterated that this is an "experimental" program being conducted by Microsoft in cooperation with the "Mi fan community in China." He explained how those who want to take part in the test will have to flash their device with the Windows 10 ROM provided by Microsoft. But Barra did say that "Xiaomi continues to fully embrace the Android ecosystem through our MIUI software platform," and added that the company has new Android features on the way.

So we can now put all of those Xiaomi-Microsoft rumors to bed.

source: +HugoBarra via AndroidAuthority

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Mi 4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3080 mAh



2. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

"Xiaomi welcomes Microsoft and its experimental program, but we are not partners with them" Sounds like: "Yeah we slept together for a lot of nights, but we're just friends"

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And I recall when Hugo Barra was still with Google he said that the Windows platform for mobiles were not good and have no future. I guess times change.

5. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

It's more likely that: "Microsoft give us (xiaomi) lots of money, and microsoft is the one that build the custom rom for mi4. So, we let them do it, as long as we don't need to spend anything in the ill platform windows".

3. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

You'll be more than just partner's when they stroke a check for your company and send packing Jackson.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Mi 4 is only available in China. So i am interested to try WP10 on Mi 4 but no viable way for me to buy a Mi 4.

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