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.

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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10 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

7. michaelny2001

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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

2. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I would buy that suit.

3. androidfanyo

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

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

4. androidfanyo

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

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

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

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

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

8. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

10. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 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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