Hugo Barra reveals that Xiaomi is keen on making Android One smartphones

Xiaomi is famous for making ultra-affordable smartphones with solid hardware internals. In a chat with’s Javed Anwer, Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra has revealed that they are keen on making Android One smartphones. He also revealed that Android One initiative was planned when he was still at Google. However, he also said that Android One smartphones from Xiaomi won’t be anytime soon as they are trying to focus on their current line-up of smartphones.
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We will like to use Android One, we are a huge fan of the product. I think it is just a matter of time. For now we have decided to not to create another line of product because we want to focus on the existing one. But if you see our philosophy, we like to offer people choice. For example, we encourage people if they want to try out new ROMs. We provide warranty even if you have rooted your phone. Android One is another way of providing choice to consumers,” said Barra.

Currently, Android One smartphones, Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream UNO are priced at around Rs. 6,500 and Hugo Barra feels that they are still overpriced. At the same price, Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S provides much better specifications in comparison. We feel that if Xiaomi joins the Android One club, their offering will be even cheaper. Xiaomi uses a custom version of Android, MIUI on their current smartphones which feels far way from Android’s design mindset. Using stock Android in their smartphones would be a new achievement for them and will be beneficial for consumers outside of China.

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[…] Hugo Barra, who has been a part of Xiaomi’s success globally, is now stepping down from the position of Global Vice President. Barra had been heading the position since August 2013 after he left Google. In a Facebook post, Barra expressed his feelings on leaving Xiaomi and heading back to Silicon Valley. […]

October 13, 2014 9:59 pm 9:59 PM
Case 1- *There are several facets of this deal and according to me if Xiaomi enters the Android One market they can have a big advantage over the competition or almost zero advantage. Currently Xiaomi Redmi 1S available for 6k gives far better specs than any other Android One manufacturer. Although Android One requires manufacturers to follow a certain set of guidelines its how restrictive these guidelines are which will determine if Xiaomi can have an advantage or not. Currently all Android One devices come with exactly similar specs with no changes at all now I don’t know if Google… Read more »
October 13, 2014 9:54 pm 9:54 PM

Oh great dissapointment for Satya nadella.. 🙂