POCO started as a sub-brand of Xiaomi in 2018. The brand’s POCO F1 (aka POCOPHONE F1) was a phenomenal hit. The company made a comeback in 2020 as an individual brand under the Xiaomi Corporation. Since its early days, the company’s smartphones have been running MIUI for POCO. Now, the brand has revealed its plans for new software.
Yesterday, in an exclusive interview with Android Central, POCO spilled the beans on the upcoming POCO M3 Pro 5G and the brand’s future plans. In this interview, the company even revealed that it’s not going to launch Android One smartphones.
But we can expect different software on future POCO-branded phones. The POCO executives have confirmed that their devices will continue to use MIUI but with exclusive features.
For those unaware, when MIUI for POCO was introduced with POCO F1, it looked different than the regular MIUI found on Mi and Redmi smartphones. But with the brand’s second coming, the lines between the two versions of MIUI blurred. At present, they both look identical.
That’s because MIUI never had an app launcher. POCO F1 debuted with one dubbed as POCO launcher. With MIUI 11, Xiaomi baked this launcher into its software. Right now, the only noticeable difference between the two UIs is the default icon packs.
So how will MIUI for POCO differ in the future? The brand says that it will be implementing special features based on feedback from POCO Community and social media. This new version of the company’s software may release as POCO UI in late 2021.
In a nutshell, the upcoming POCO UI will be another clone of MIUI like Black Shark’s JOYUI. Another example of this type of implementation is realme UI, which is basically ColorOS.
Last but not least, POCO does say that it could develop an Android skin from scratch if the brand gains more market share globally.
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