Lenovo to phase out its Vibe UI, will ship nearly-stock Android on all future phones


Lenovo's homebrewed Vibe Pure UI, which can be found on almost any Lenovo-branded smartphone out in the wild, is going the way of the dinosaurs. The news got broked by Anuj Sharma, Lenovo India's head of marketing.

Taking a page from its subsidiary Motorola, parent company Lenovo will be throwing a nearly-stock Android interface on its future phones. Aside from way faster potential software updates, this will also bring other benefits to end-users. According to Sharma, Lenovo has decided to take the positive customer feedback into account when defining its future strategy:



The Lenovo K8 Note will be the first phone to usher in the demise of Vibe UI - it will ship with stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

But what does "complete stock" Android mean in this scenario? Indeed, it;s revealed that Lenovo does not intend to throw any bespoke customization features on board its next phones, but will only throw in Dolby Atmos and TheaterMax audio-centric compatibility. Aside from those two, Lenovo phones won't differ much from what you'd get on a Motorola device.

While many will view this switch as a commendable and notably-positive change in the overall experience for Lenovo's future handsets, customers from mainland China apparently did not jump in awe with at the prospect of Lenovo ditching its feature-packed and rather non-stock Vibe UI as vanilla Android is apparently not that popular in China. On the other hand, Indian consumers responded much more positively to the upcoming interface overhaul of Lenovo's smartphones.


With Lenovo generally having a vast array of well-spec'd and adequately-price handset in its portfolio, like the Lenovo P2K6 and K6 Note, we are moderately eager to see what a high-end Lenovo phone would be capable of with a lightweight OS running the show. Would you consider a Lenovo device if it came with nearly-stock Android?

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25 Comments

1. kunalnarang

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

I am an Indian and we guys love stock Android here. Good job Lenovo! My mom uses a Lenovo device, I'll consider getting one if it's stock Android from now on.

12. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

I like the fell of stock Android but it definitely reduce features which is the reason to buy an Android.

19. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

LOL....... Even with Stock UI ,Leno no way provide faster update to Moto devices now. Their product lineup is CRAP and so is Update support. In 2017 only they had 8 launches ,,they are next old Samsung

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually, stock UI also give me the assurance of stability and apps compatibility. I have been using several generations of Google Nexus phones because of it.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I had an orgasm after reading the title. Also had an orgasm after reading the article and if the Tab 4 successor runs stock Android, I will probably have another orgasm. Custom skins are venom.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Time to support the right ideas with your money people. I'm going to buy either Lenovo or Moto phones from this point forward if they can deliver stock Android.

15. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup, right there with you. Although Moto kind of sucks as of recent, but I did buy a Moto G3 and guide my dad to a G5 Plus not too long ago. Any OEM that goes stock Android, I will support. Man if only Sony and LG jump on board, the mobile word would be an awesome place. Hopefully Samsung leaves Android and takes its venon with it to Tizen along with all the Samsung people with it. Then we'll see who really wins out between Apple and Samsung, once Samsung has to start supporting and developing its own eco system rather than relay on Google for Android.

18. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Moto already delivers stock android. What you are waiting for?

20. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The 2014 Moto X and the 2015 Moto X Play where the last Moto devices that interested me. Now their phones are overpriced and have huge bezels. I was hoping for the Z2 to be something worth while but its not. So on to the Pixel 2. One Plus 5 isn't worth the price anymore either. I don't want a iPhone 7 running Android.

3. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

That's what every Android boy dreams of.

4. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Iam using moto phones from 3 years becoz of stock android and I love that Used moto E2, moto G3,moto X play, moto G4 play moto X force Moto z play

5. cocoy

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

This is because more users want speedy OS update, be it security patches or major os update. With custom skins youvegot to tweak almost everything to work smoothly. If its pure stock you have almost zero overhead cost on system optimization. Good move Lenovo

6. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I can't believe it took them ages to realise they had to get rid of that garbage UI loong time ago.

7. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Why will a person buy lenovo with stock android when he can get stock android in Motorola? This is a bad move by lenovo. They should stop making lenovo mobiles and concentrate solely on Moto brand.

24. CAVBR

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Exactly. The truth is that Lenovo does not know what to do.

25. CAVBR

Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Exactly. The truth is that Lenovo does not know what to do.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Stock Android isn't my cup of tea. Not happy with this move by Lenovo.

9. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

I just can't understand why all of you hate customized skins AF ...

16. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Because, skins: - Are ugly. They don't follow the Android design language. - Have bloatware of questionable quality (spyware filled) installed to the system partition (which you can't uninstall). - The pointless replica apps that come with skins take up the already limited system memory on cheaper phones. - Usually ship with outdated versions of Android (2 year old versions) because the OEM hasn't bothered updating its skin to be compatible with the newest version of Android. - Delay Android updates. If you happen to win the software update Lotto in the land of Android where by some miracle your OEM will issue your phone with the newer version of Android, it won't come until at least 8 months have passed. - You have inconsistency among Android phones, enjoying your Sense Ui on your HTC, then buy a Sony? All of a sudden the entire Ui has changed, the settings page is different.. etc, yet its still Android. - Did I mention how ugly they are?

17. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I agree to all your points except the last one. What you call as inconsistency, i call it beauty of android. As i can purchase different products with different UI and enjoy them. If someone needs so much consistency, he will buy an iphone. It is consistent since its inception.

21. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You can add a launcher to any Android and customise it the way you like. You, however cannot remove the heavy pre installed skin. So to someone who doesn't know anything about phones expect for the fact that they need to buy an Android to keep their purchased apps, picking a different Oem could cause them problems as, for no beneficial reason they are forced to learn a new bloatware filled Ui. There's a difference between Android allowing customisation and it being forced upon people.

22. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Then I suppose we should all be driving the same cars, using the same tv's, wearing the same clothes and banging the same women?

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I've never understood the clamor for stock android. It's completely bare of features. What they fail to explain is the phenomenal success of Xiaomi in India which has one of the most feature rich skins in MIUI and is far from stock. The same with Oppo/Vivo in India. So I'm not sure the UI is Lenovo's problem. I used to own a Lenovo K910 and Vibe UI was fine.

14. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Xiaomi is successful because of its hardware and not software. Even if they had provided stock android, xiaomi would have succeeded due to best hardware at lowest possible price. Moto devices like g and e series is still selling well even though it has stock android.

13. mike777

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 11, 2016

Not thrilled at all. I have two Zuks with Zui and a Moto Z and would pick Zui any day. Stock Android may be faster but is boring as hell. I don't understand the fascination with pure Android. It visually really really sucks. Not to mention you have barely no additional features. Zui had potential more than Vibe imho, but now it looks like both will be scrapped. Too bad, but we still have excellent skins on Xiaomi, Meizu, Nubia/ZTE, Huawei phones.

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