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By vijay-in, Member on 22nd September 2017, 02:18 PM
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Hello,

Xiaomi Mi A1 came and my brother got one today. I looked into it and was surprised to find that it's an Android One device but missing the signature Google Apps/Features --

Google Phone (Dialer)
This device has com.android.dialer which is AOSP dialer, but even Micromax Canvas A1, the original Android One device has Google Dialer app and gets updated to date.

Google Contacts
Even when Google Contacts app is available to all devices from Play Store since recently, this device comes with AOSP Contacts App, out of my understanding.

Google Camera
This, maybe due to special Camera and lenses feature so justified, but Android One devices were considered Nexus/Pixel cheaper brothers and a variant of Google Camera was expected.

I have disabled AOSP Contacts and have installed Google Contacts, but the same is not possible for Google Phone app and hence it bothers me always. Why an Android One device wouldn't come with Google Phone/Dialer?

Also, there is a "Feedback" app from Xiaomi which can't be disabled. What purpose would it solve?

Why not Stock as it was in past Android One programs? This makes Android One more in control of Xiaomi's than in Google's. I didn't see any review or articles indicating towards this and feel a little cheated.

Thanks.
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Xiaomi is a Big company than those from Android One 1st and 2nd gen have.
Xiaomi and Google signed a partnership for Android One program, it doesn't owned wholely by Google.
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Originally Posted by vijay-in

Hello,

Xiaomi Mi A1 came and my brother got one today. I looked into it and was surprised to find that it's an Android One device but missing the signature Google Apps/Features --

I have disabled AOSP Contacts and have installed Google Contacts, but the same is not possible for Google Phone app and hence it bothers me always. Why an Android One device wouldn't come with Google Phone/Dialer?

Thanks.

I too wondered the same, but, their is workaround.

https://forum.xda-developers.com/and...-root-t3678721

You can download the Google dialer APK, make it the "Phone app" provide all the permissions. Works great for me. You can choose the disable the AOSP dialer if you wish.
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Originally Posted by vijay-in

Hello,

Xiaomi Mi A1 came and my brother got one today. I looked into it and was surprised to find that it's an Android One device but missing the signature Google Apps/Features --

Google Phone (Dialer)
This device has com.android.dialer which is AOSP dialer, but even Micromax Canvas A1, the original Android One device has Google Dialer app and gets updated to date.

Google Contacts
Even when Google Contacts app is available to all devices from Play Store since recently, this device comes with AOSP Contacts App, out of my understanding.

Google Camera
This, maybe due to special Camera and lenses feature so justified, but Android One devices were considered Nexus/Pixel cheaper brothers and a variant of Google Camera was expected.

I have disabled AOSP Contacts and have installed Google Contacts, but the same is not possible for Google Phone app and hence it bothers me always. Why an Android One device wouldn't come with Google Phone/Dialer?

Also, there is a "Feedback" app from Xiaomi which can't be disabled. What purpose would it solve?

Why not Stock as it was in past Android One programs? This makes Android One more in control of Xiaomi's than in Google's. I didn't see any review or articles indicating towards this and feel a little cheated.

Thanks.

Nah, Google thought their first gen android one program wasn't successful. So, they started giving more control over hardware and also software to the OEMs this time. As a result, you can see android one OTA updates are handled by OEMs only, not the Google. That's all I know about.
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Nah, Google thought their first gen android one program wasn't successful. So, they started giving more control over hardware and also software to the OEMs this time. As a result, you can see android one OTA updates are handled by OEMs only, not the Google. That's all I know about.

Hi Sachin, call it the impression of earlier Android One program or having used Nexus all my time, I feel the Android One's android had to be Google's Android and not the AOSP or Partner Controlled ones. Even their advertising materials say that --

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We’ve partnered with Google to bring you a pure Android phone that stays secure and fresh over time, with your favorite Google services front and center.
I am missing the so called Google Services.

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I too wondered the same, but, their is workaround.

https://forum.xda-developers.com/and...-root-t3678721

You can download the Google dialer APK, make it the "Phone app" provide all the permissions. Works great for me. You can choose the disable the AOSP dialer if you wish.

I have them already, but it's not that integrated, especially considering Dual SIM scenario. Also, it misses the Google Dialers features of SPAM blocking and Nearby searches.
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Hi Sachin, call it the impression of earlier Android One program or having used Nexus all my time, I feel the Android One's android had to be Google's Android and not the AOSP or Partner Controlled ones. Even their advertising materials say that --

I have them already, but it's not that integrated, especially considering Dual SIM scenario. Also, it misses the Google Dialers features of SPAM blocking and Nearby searches.

True. I would suggest making a post on Xiaomi forums for our Mi A1's and we'll possibly receive a positive response. (Google dialer integrated into Oreo, perhaps)
I'll doing that by EOD.
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True. I would suggest making a post on Xiaomi forums for our Mi A1's and we'll possibly receive a positive response. (Google dialer integrated into Oreo, perhaps)
I'll doing that by EOD.

Let's do and see.
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Xiaomi is a Big company than those from Android One 1st and 2nd gen have.
Xiaomi and Google signed a partnership for Android One program, it doesn't owned wholely by Google.

We all know that, and none of the Android One makers or even Nexus makers were owned by Google. But, I am asking something different if you see.
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yes, totally disappointed by what Xiaomi are doing with this device. If they do not fix the problems soon, It will become problem for the company to grow....
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good feeling to use xiaomi mi A1
- 5.5 Inches 2.5D Screen, 1920 * 1080 Pixel
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz Octa Core
- Supports Touch ID
- 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM, Supports TF Card Up to 128GB
- 12 MP & 12 MP Dual Rear Camera + 5 MP Front Camera
- Android 7.1 system
- 3080mAh Battery, Supports Fast Charge
- Dual SIM: NANO SIM + NANO SIM / TF Card (Other SIM Slot Can Be Used in Combination with a NANO SIM Card or TF Card)
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz, WCDMA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz, FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20, Supports 2G & 3G & 4G LTE Network

Mi A1 has design elements in common with other Xiaomi devices, but feels like an elegantly crafted upgrade.
The 5.5-inch LTPS IPS display on the Mi A1 makes for a good design choice with 2.5D curved glass at the top. The Full HD display delivers crisp visuals and excellent contrast, with a pixel density of 403 ppi.
The Mi A1 packs in 64 GB of internal storage which should be enough for most people, though there is a microSD card slot so you can expand its capacity up to another 128 GB.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 brings a dual camera setup to a mid-range smartphone. It’s not the first brand to do this, but it is the first one to offer 2x lossless optical zoom in its segment.
The camera setup includes a 12 MP wide-angle 26mm f/2.2 lens and another 12 MP 50mm f/2.6 telephoto lens, with a dual-tone LED flash.
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