Lenovo has announced a change for its future smartphones that’s sure to get a lot of folks excited.
Going forward, Lenovo will abandon its Vibe Pure UI in favor of a stock Android user interface. Anuj Sharma, Lenovo MBG India’s Head of Product Marketing, Smartphones, confirmed the news to Gadgets 360, saying:
"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.”
The first Lenovo phone to run the stock Android UI will be the Lenovo K8 Note, which will come with Android 7.1.1 preloaded.
It’s worth noting that while Lenovo’s phones will run a stock Android UI, they won’t be totally stock Android. Lenovo will include an untouched Android UI but will include some of its own custom apps, like Dolby Atmos and TheaterMax. This approach is similar to the one Motorola has used on its phones in recent years.
The switch to stock Android has some positive side effects. Not only is Lenovo giving consumers what they’ve wanted, which is a good thing, but it also means that Lenovo should be able to release Android OS updates faster. The change also helps to reduce bloatware, which can mean better performance.