Lenovo smartphones have been known to run a customised user interface called Vibe UI (also recently called Vibe Pure UI) on top of Android OS, but that is about to change. The Chinese manufacturer and owner of the Moto brand will be ditching its custom user interface for a pure Android experience on its smartphones. Yes; it looks like the Moto mojo is rubbing off on the mother ship. Moto smartphones are known for offering a vanilla Android flavour.
Benefits And Demerits
The most obvious benefits of this switch include the lack of bloatware, smoother smartphone performance, and speedier software updates for Lenovo’s smartphones. So, if you prefer stock Android, you can keep your eyes on the upcoming K8 Note and subsequent Lenovo smartphones. The K8 Note will be the first Lenovo device to ship with stock Android, version 7.1.1. The device will hit the streets on August 9, 2017.
But then, for all the extra resources that custom UIs use up, they have the benefit of adding functionality that does not exist yet in the stock Android OS. Lenovo’s upcoming smartphones will have to forgo such added functionality. The Chinese mobile brand has stated though that they will add Dolby Atmos and TheaterMax support to their stock Android smartphones. Great news for audiophiles.
Is Pure Android The New Cool
It looks like smartphones running pure Android OS are the new cool. The ranks of smartphone manufacturers offering stock Android keep swelling, slowly but surely. This is what Google has pushed for years, so it must be great news for them.
Besides Google’s own Nexus (now discontinued) and Pixel smartphones, other manufacturers offering the stock Android experience include Karbonn, Micromax, Moto, and recently Nokia. You will also find stock Android OS on Android One smartphones.
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