Hugo Barra Clarifies the Arrival of Windows 10 on Xiaomi Mi4
Couple of days ago we heard about Microsoft’s Windows 10 coming to Xiaomi Mi4. Soon after, speculations and conclusions were being made regarding a partnership between the two companies. Some even suggested that future Xiaomi models may ditch Android in favor of Windows 10.
However, that’s not the case at all. To clear things and share an explanation, Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra released a statement on Google Plus:
This is an experimental program led by Microsoft, working directly with the Mi fan community in China.
Microsoft is working on a build of Windows 10 specifically for Mi 4 devices. This Windows 10 build will not be running on top of Android nor be available as a dual-boot option. A small number of Mi 4 power users from the Xiaomi Forum in China who choose to take part in this experimental program will have to manually re-flash their Mi 4 devices with this Windows 10 ROM, in the same way they would re-flash other Android ROMs.
According to Xiaomi, they are supportive of users who want to “try new things.” Users should rest assured that no one is forcing them to use Windows 10 on Mi4. The build of Microsoft’s OS is going to be optional for those willing to try it out and give their feedback on the do’s and don’t.
It seems that their partnership is strategic as Microsoft wants to push Windows Phone in China’s smartphone market with their new OS. On the other hand, I can’t really figure out Xiaomi’s angle on this. Maybe Xiaomi wants to enter the United States, they can become a dominant force there. It’s too early to say anything for sure.
Well, at least we know that Xiaomi will continue to support Android via their MIUI software.
So far, Android has dominated Windows Phone around the world. Competing against it in China where Windows Phone hardly exists, is a challenge the mighty Microsoft may not be able to win.
You can read Hugo Barra’s full post here.
Do you think Microsoft can revive Windows Phone in China by joining forces with Xiaomi?