Phone makers have always been fans of custom UIs they make. Since its early days in the handset market, Lenovo too made one for its phones called Vibe UI. Such UIs were essential for makers as a differentiating factor and to improve the stock Android to pack new features.
The strategy paid off well for most of them when Android was bringing new features at snail’s pace. At version 7, Android Nougat is quite feature packed and provides a decent amount of useful features. It now serves pretty well for most of the users out there. In such a scenario, building and maintaining a custom UI only becomes an overhead for phone makers. Apart from slowing down the things on handsets at the lower end of the spectrum. Motorola learned this before everyone and went almost stock Android. Lenovo, which acquired Moto last year, seems to have taken cues from this. As a result, it will be completely dumping its Vibe UI in favor of stock Android.
Actually, Lenovo has attempted this previously with Vibe Z2 Pro which had the option to boot stock Android ROM. But this time around, the company will be doing it wholeheartedly. This was confirmed by Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing, Smartphones, Lenovo MBG who spoke to Gadgets 360. This means Lenovo will be able to deliver future upgrades faster.
The first phone to ship with stock Android Nougat 7.1.1 will be Lenovo K8 Note which will be launched tomorrow in India as an Amazon exclusive.