The results immortalized: Android One wins popularity contest vs MIUI

The results immortalized: Android One wins popularity contest vs MIUI
As you may have learned, Xiaomi — the Chinese smartphone giant that also happens to have an Android One partnership for that one phone (Xiaomi Mi A1) — recently ran a Twitter poll. It was comparing its own, home-made MIUI interface, which heavily customizes Android, to the vanilla experience on Android One. Turns out, Android One won the poll votes and Xiaomi deleted the tweet.

No hard feelings here, but we thought it would be fun to immortalize those results, so we ran our own poll yesterday. As expected, most of our readers are much more fond of Google's pure Android experience than an interface, which they may or may not be acquainted with. But we had our fun, right? Here are the results:

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1. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Stock Android is always good in terms of performance. But most of the voters who placed their vote for Android One has never ever used MIUI.......

2. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i've used both, i flashed LineageOS on Redmi Note 3 back then, and never looked back..

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

you are right.... i was very hesitant to try miui.... but now it has been 3.5 years since i have been using miui... now i can't use stock....the features are really helpful and once you get used to ios like home screen with widgets you won't go back to pull menu...

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Even if they haven't, one of the big appeals of stock is that you can build on it to suit your needs. It's much easier in Android to add apps and features to do what you need than it is to remove built in features that you do not use.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

Can you add Second Space to stock android? I'll stop right there because miui IS android too and offers much more than stock whilst still allowing you to add stuff. I live in a tropical climate and never use the heater in my car. By your logic I should remove it. Proponents of stock remind me of boy racers who buy a cheap hatchback and spend thousands customizing it until it performs like a BMW. When they're finished it ends up costing the same as the new BMW anyway and still looks tacky. Custom roms are nice but every one seems to create one problem or another. A quick look at xda is proof of that.

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Haven't had any serious issues on my end. Wake me up when MIUI cares more about current Android versions and security patch levels. Until then that "BMW" you're talking about are that very same "facelifts" you rag on running on an older motor. This is why car analogies are counter productive when used off tangent.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

Current android versions? MIUI has historically been ahead of stock android versions in terms of features and I get monthly updates and will continue to do so long into the future. That will also include updates to the latest available android version.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think your analogy is way off base. Stock android is like a base model car, no gimmicks. MIUI is like you said, boy racers customizing something that doesn’t need it.

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

My analogy was in response to post #5 and building on stock android to suit the users needs. I would rather have a finished product designed specifically for my phone. Therefore my analogy a is exactly on point.

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

Double post

10. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Usability nor features isn't the problem. Skins or UIs being scapegoated as an excuse from updating its Android base from day 0 versions THAT'S the problem. Current Redmi 3S Prime user here from Redmi 3 so I know what I'm talking about. Plus the unwelcome extra "analytics" app silent installations nailed that coffin for me. MIUI isn't an Android fork enough to call its own. Now going back and forth between Pixel Experience, OmniROM and Cosmic OS. Thank heavens for xda devs.

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2304; Member since: May 04, 2015

As a Redmi Note 3 and Mi Mix 2 owner I've been satisfied with both. I love xda too but if you're not a modder the quirks and bugs of custom roms aren't worth it. The majority of people don't care about the UI at all and personally I think stock is awful. To each his own. I'm curious to know where you bought your Redmi 3 and 3S because it's sounds like you had vendor roms which are terrible. With MIUI the android version doesn't really matter as long as the monthly updates keep coming.

17. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Personally I do not believe in polls or online contests as they can be easily manipulated. Now a day people can just buy votes for their favorite contests from any website on google. You can see yourself by doing a google search. So these online contests and polls are good for nothing most of the times.

4. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

I think it is more of a cultural thing. Almost all my european friends like Stock, and most of my Indian friends prefer Miui skin

6. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Probably MIUI installed phones are shipping 5-6 times as much than all of those stock Android phones combined. I would call that real popularity.

9. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

And you know for sure that they don't just want a cheaper phone? And not buying it for the UI huh?

13. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I know for sure vast majority of consumers doesn't care UI. Despite all of those reviewers advices and backing by internet communities stock Android never made any phone popular.

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