Lenovo Confirms Stock Android for All Future Smartphones

Lenovo, Mobile Manufacturer Firm has announced that the upcoming Lenovo K8 Note will ship with Stock Android instead of Vibe Pure UI. Stock Android is one of the famous Android version that is used by the smartphone firm in almost all markets. The company will be shifting to Stock Android Version and K8 Note is the first smartphone from the Lenovo company that will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box.

Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing, Smartphones, Lenovo MBG India spoke to Gadgets 360 "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.

Similar to a Moto smartphones, the Lenovo smartphones will also comes up with software improvements such as Dolby Atmos which has been already included in Lenovo phones from past years and also in the TheaterMax. Apart from this, user interface and bloatware software will be updated with Stock Android Version.

Sharma added, “There's no more Vibe UI going forward and we are moving to complete stock Android for all our future Lenovo phones. This is a huge transition for our business perspective.”

To recall, Lenovo had started selling smartphones in 2013, during that time Lenovo Android smartphones supported Vibe UI. The company has shown improvement year on year and was re-modified with the Vibe Pure UI when Lenovo K6 was launched by the company last year. The shift to the new Vibe Pure UI was attempted by the company to reduce bloatware. Currently, shifting from Vibe Pure UI to Stock Android Version decision made by the company due to consumer demands

"It was a lengthy process to get done. As Lenovo had to align all markets where it sold Android devices. The cultural differences that came in where for example in China Android isn't a very popular choice when you compare it to custom skins," explained Sharma. "But this was something for which Lenovo pushed really hard. For the Indian market, the preference was with stock Android experience."

Running stock Android will mean that the Lenovo K8 Note users can be assured of getting the Android O update, the company said, when it's made available by Google. "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 the extended period of time," Sharma added.