Xiaomi has been building a solid preference among the lovers of Custom ROM and Android development. However, seems that soon we will have another company to look on. In a good example of commitment with users, Realme is sending some units of the Realme X to Custom ROM and Kernel developers. This will make the device more attractive to users who enjoy custom variations of the OS.
If we think of Custom ROMs and Android development, there’s no other place to look than XDA-Developers. The XDA’s community has previously teamed up with phone manufacturers to develop custom ROMs for devices. The community teamed up with Xiaomi on the Poco F1 making easy for Poco F1 developers to build several aftermarket ROMs, kernels and other modifications. Also, the ASUS ZenFone 6 had an active development community thanks as a result of previous device seeding efforts. Even the Honor devices got attention there, before the Huawei’s decision of locking down bootloader of its devices.
In light of these past actions, and aiming in stealing the slice of the cake. Realme is selecting some recognized developers to give a free unit of Realme X. Several developers residing in India already received their units, while some outside the country will receive it in the next few days. The developers are expected to contribute and extend the product life and to give end-users more choices. Soon you’ll be able to install a vanilla version of Android if you’re not happy with ColorOS fancy features and design. Moreover, it will be just a matter of time until developers port working versions of Android 10.
Hopefully, more companies will adopt the same strategy in the future. It’s a win-win situation for both users and OEMs.