Why Google, Xiaomi making Android One smartphone mean great news for Indians

Xiaomi is said to be jumping in with Google to make Android One smartphones. Why most Indians should be happy.

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Xiaomi Mi 5X India launch: Price, specifications and features. (Image: Xiaomi)

Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi is known to throw competition away by introducing high-quality smartphones at aggressive prices. Now, the company is said to be jumping in with Google to make Android One devices. A report in Krispitech from Indonesia said that Xiaomi could be reworking its 5.5-inch Mi 5X into a low-priced device in collaboration with Google Android One experience. While the good point is that you will get a pure Android experience, the minor hitch being some of the other features which Xiaomi brings to its devices. However, this is great news for India. Google, has previously partnered with companies like Micromax and Karbonn in India. But a tie up with a company like Xiaomi, which is known to build good phones at all price points. It is a company which does not compromise on important features like battery life, user experience and build. Meanwhile, you should know that Android One is a low-cost gadget which runs the Android OS. Google has aimed at the developing world and therefore set a set of standards for the phone. In that sense, Xiaomi and Google are a lot like each other,- making low-cost devices with quality, aimed at the developing world. Here are key reasons why the Xiaomi Google is a perfect match for Indians.

Software: For Xiaomi, user experience matter more than the software. It does not mean that the company doesn’t care about the software, but it tries to make its phones better. Each Xiaomi phone brings with it new features instead of just getting the next Android OS. The fact is visible in the fact that even the popular Xiaomi Redmo Note 4 still uses the Android Marshmallow. On the other hand, Google will launch Android O tonight. So, technically the Xiaomi device is 2 generations old, but it never feels so. Indians have increasingly taken to Xiaomi device each year, and that says a lot about the user experience in the budget and mid-budget section. Now, if there is a tie up with Google, we can expect some software inputs from the tech giant and that may mean grand changes to Xiaomi devices. It will also mean regular Android updates in the new device, which is usually not something Xiaomi users relate too.

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Android: Xiaomi has a software comparable to any other smartphone in its range, but it works a little differently than others. Instead of tampering with Google Android, it adds its own MIUI layer on top. However, since there are so many common things, that rarely there is a big change in its own UI. Which is why when we get an update in MIUI (which is quite regular), there is little desperation to get an Android upgrade. But still, an Android upgrade is a much bigger change. Also, there is an increasing popularity of stock Android smartphones. Even companies like Lenovo and Nokia have taken to it by now. This basically means you will get a pure Android experience, which also means smoother running apps. So, getting a cheap pure Android device is like a dream.

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Price: Xiaomi has a phone called Mi 5X, which may soon come to India, according to company VP Manu Kumar Jain. The Mi 5X is a smaller version of the popular Mi 6, and it has dual cameras. According to reports, the Xiaomi A1 will be similar to the Mi 5X. The phone is expected to come with 12MP + 12 MP cameras with good optic and digital zooms. This means users can expect an Apple iPhone 7 level of pictures on their smartphones at a much cheaper rate. Other speculated features include some key things in terms of display and processor. Since Google had launched Android One with an aim to make a low-cost device, it is good news for buyers that they will get everything a Google Pixel mobile has, at least in terms of OS.

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