A new report has appeared online stating that a variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5X will be launched without MIUI. The phone, codenamed the Xiaomi A1, will supposedly be a cost-effective device running Stock Android as part of the Android One initiative. This means the device will get updates right from Google itself.
For those who need a refresher, the Android One initiative is an effort by Google to team up with manufacturers to produce devices with software updates straight from Google. In a way, it’s a spiritual successor to the Nexus program, only with a much wider range of devices and companies involved.
What’s fairly surprising to us however is that Xiaomi are teaming up with Google to release a Stock Android device. Xiaomi has invested a lot of time and effort into developing their MIUI interface, and it has garnered the company a ton of followers and support.
The decision could be an attempt to appeal to the Western crowd, though we can’t see why as Xiaomi does not officially sell any of their devices in American or European countries. Still, this is a fairly interesting development, and one we’ll definitely follow to see where it goes.