Xiaomi removes all traces of Twitter poll that had Android One topping MIUI

Last September, the Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched. This is an Android One handset which means that it did not come with Xiaomi's own MIUI skin. The latter has been criticized by Xiaomi's own fans and users of the company's handsets. But now that Xiaomi has released an Android One phone, the company felt that it might be a good time to poll consumers to see which UI they prefer.

Now, looking at this from Xiaomi's point of view, the company is not going to run such a poll on Twitter unless it is pretty sure that the results are going to be in its favor. Based on an image that was posted on a sub-reddit account dedicated to Xiaomi, Android One was preferred by 57% of the 14,769 votes counted, and MIUI had the remaining 43%. You might be asking why we had to use a post from a sub-reddit account to prove that the results favored Android One. That's because once the voting ended and MIUI had lost, Xiaomi deleted all tweets related to the poll.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch LCD display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD). The Snapdragon 625 chipset is under the hood, carrying an octa-core CPU running at a clock speed of 2GHz. The Adreno 506 GPU is also on board. The handset comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. A dual-camera setup is on back. While both sensors weigh in at 12MP, one has an aperture of f/2.2 and the other has an aperture of f/2.7. A 5MP front-facing camera takes selfies and handles video chats. Keeping the lights on is a 3080mAh battery, and Android 8.0 is now running the show. As you can see from the mid-range specs, this is not your grandfather's Android One phone.

Instead of acting like it never happened, Xiaomi should use the results of the poll to get started on fixing MIUI so that next time, it might actually get the majority of votes.

source: Reddit via AndroidPolice

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Mi A1
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3080 mAh



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Vanilla all the way!

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

There's no reason for Xiaomi to be ashamed. About the only UI I'd prefer over Pure Android is Samsung Experience which is saying a lot as I'm am an Ex-Nexus User! Oh well, G'Day!

27. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yes the only UI good beside vanila edition is of samsung they have best implementation of galley, app drawer and file manager.

30. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

As well as having the best featureset. Samsung Experience all the way.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

MIUI is much better.

11. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

That's subjective, I'm a stock fan.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yeah it’s subjective.

15. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

In transmitting user data to chinese servers? yeah sure.

20. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

why does it matter? if you are using an American company it will send data to american servers anyway, they all are the same. you want full privacy? go live in a jungle.

21. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

They are all not the same, chinese companies are way more shady than any other company in the world & i don't care about full privacy, but i would definetly avoid chinese stuff. May you enjoy your jungle.

31. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Way more shady :-D Good one mate.

29. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That Shouldn’t matter..

23. Shubham412302

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I have used miui from V3 and most of the features introduced in android were first introduced in MIUI.

3. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Of course this information would be available elsewhere to remind them of it. Have they never heard of Tim Russert (may he rest in peace)?

4. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

maybe xiaomi should keep miui to its Asian market and release its phones outside Asia with android one(stock android) and a promise of 2-3yrs update depending on whether its their flagship or not,unlike with miui which gets updated for 4+ years

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If you want Xiaomi's specs, stock android, and 4+ years of update just like MIUI.. Just buy Xiaomi's phone and flash it with LineageOS

10. Papa_Ji

Posts: 879; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Even 6 year old mi 2s us getting updates. Now its on miui 9.

24. Shubham412302

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Google can't even give nexus and pixel devices updates past 2-3yrs

28. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Lol don't you understand difference between UI and OS updates?

5. Stickerlicker

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

Andoid one is the best, I'm very pleased with the mi a1, came from Samsung and no more phones from them. I will be on the lookout for future Android one phone, love the simplicity and basic layout on the phone, exactly what I was looking for.

6. Stickerlicker

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

Don't like MIUI at all.

7. Stickerlicker

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

Give both options to choose MIUI or Android one on a phone.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Android one is up to Google, because Google is the one who'll mantain the future update of all Android One devices.. Google One actually have specific spec list that manufacturers must follow, so Google can easily make one update for all Android One phones from various manufacturers. But A1 is special one, it's the only Android One with SD625 and dual camera, that's why it's more expensive than other Xiaomi's phone with similar specs (i.e Redmi 4X, same processor, same memory and storage, but almost half the price)

12. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

That's a very pathetic response from xiaomi.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Give me MIUI all day long over stock. Having said that, I hate the launcher and icons of MIUI. But since it's android I always change both to either ZenUI or FastKey Launcher and it's a completely different phone. The customization, battery optimization and setup options on MIUI are second to none. I'm not surprised by the poll results though given the fact that A1 owners would likely be voting in it and bought the phone precisely because it was stock. The rest of the non-miui votes are probably people like me that dislike the launcher and icons.

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

But... The launcher won't change the notifications shade, multitasking menu and settings menu and neither it'll get rid of the bloatware and a little something: Dual apps syndrome. Thinking about getting a Motorola E4 to replace my burner phone (Lumia 430) even though I can buy a Xiaomi 4X with better specs for less than that! Thought about Nokia 3 too but it's poorly optimized... Very laggy. Oh well, G'Day!

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Material Notification Shade app sorts out the notification shade and multitasking menu. There's nothing wrong with the settings menu, like any phone you just need to learn how to use it. I'm lost at first when I pick up my friends Samsung too. There's no bloatware in the Global Rom and dual apps is a nice extra if you need it. I don't. However Dual Space is awesome.

18. MrAnonymous

Posts: 95; Member since: May 25, 2014

i prefer Sony's custom skin.. almost vanilla like with a little sony touch(album/music/movies) and light theming to customise

19. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Though MIUI has lot more features than stock android, but this also make it little heavy and laggy, whereas stock android on my MiA1 is very fast and snappy, and after using stock android since one month, now i am loving stock android more for its simplicity,and ease of use, and first time i found android to be so smooth, fast and snappy like ios......I think manufacturers ruin android with their custom implementation on top of stock android.....

26. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I have the Redmi Note 3 Pro and Mi Mix 2 so I have no idea what heavy/laggy you're talking about. Which Xiaomi models are you referring to? My problem with stock android is that I have to download third party apps to do what I want to do with my phone. Those apps either cost money or are ad-infested. Why wouldn't I want to use the original UI with all the features baked in and optimized for my phone?

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