In a new interview with Lenovo India head Anuj Sharma, Gadgets 360 has confirmed that the company will be switching to stock Android for all of their future smartphones, starting with the K8 Note. This comes as users begin requesting Lenovo to make the switch from their Vibe Pure UI skin to the stock version of Google’s mobile OS, the flavor of the system, unsurprisingly, most people prefer.
“What we have done in last 11 months is we looked at what we had in terms of software perspective. We have been close to the consumers and we saw what they were asking for. There was a certain trend and we have now decided to cut the Vibe Pure UI off from our phones. So you will now get the stock Android which consumers have been asking for,” Sharma told Gadgets 360.
Lenovo will also be able to push out updates faster than before since they won’t have to rebuild their entire skin on top of new versions of Android. This means an upgrade from Android 7.1.1 to Android O will come sooner than later for the K8 Note, while other handsets with the company’s branding will likely also follow this trend.
“The stock Android will also mean that it will be more efficiently updated to next Android OS. It also makes it easier to support for extended period of time,” Sharma added.
With this change, the company’s own handsets fall more in line with Moto-branded smartphones that have had near-stock Android since the first Moto X. Today’s Moto phones, including the Moto Z2 and G5, all have Android 7.1.1 Nougat with light customizations on top like Moto Actions and some tweaks to the stock launcher. Expect similar changes and additions on Lenovo’s phones as well, such as Dolby Audio.