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elwuero

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so i ordered one of these. love cameras and this seems to be a great pocket camera/smartphone. since it isn’t a usa destined product, does anyone with experience know what i’m in for? my questions are setup, will google apps be preinstalled, like the play store and google photos? will i get security updates?

any help is greatly appreciated.
 

Kenora_I

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Jun 12, 2021
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so i ordered one of these. love cameras and this seems to be a great pocket camera/smartphone. since it isn’t a usa destined product, does anyone with experience know what i’m in for? my questions are setup, will google apps be preinstalled, like the play store and google photos? will i get security updates?

any help is greatly appreciated.
Well vivo, from which place are you buying it from?
Ive seen the phone before, if its from India then it would have google apps etc.
And you would get security updates and you would have google photos.
In my mind, only China imported phones don't have google services sometimes.
 

elwuero

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Well vivo, from which place are you buying it from?
Ive seen the phone before, if its from India then it would have google apps etc.
And you would get security updates and you would have google photos.
In my mind, only China imported phones don't have google services sometimes.
uh oh, I ordered it from Hong Kong. fingers crossed then. should have asked here first.
 

PoochieMama

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Jul 21, 2021
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Huawei P20 Pro
Xiaomi Poco F1
Hi,
I've got the chinese version too, and I'm based in Switzerland.

Actually, it's working good, but not perfect. Some things are missing or not working perfectly and some things are hard coded chinese. But as a daily driver for taking perfect photos, calling/messaging its "working".

Some points:

- Google (Play) Services preinstalled, can be loaded through the vivo app store when installing gmail app
- Backup/Syncing working, but the initial restore from an old phone is not offered through google initial setup
- google photos, maps and so on are working, only location history can't be enabled.
- Regular OriginOS updates
- some chinese default bloatware preinstalled, some can be uninstalled
- no google now, just a chinese vivo version
- android auto doesn't work atm
- some fine tuning necessary with default apps, and so on
- google pay, banking apps working

Over all, it's working for me, but i'm missing some tiny bits, which a global rom could fix. But in comparison what you get (camera, performance, display, price...), it's a aceptable device for me.

If you need specific infos, just leave me a note.

If there's a global rom, i would be interessfed too.
 
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elwuero

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Hi,
I've got the chinese version too, and I'm based in Switzerland.

Actually, it's working good, but not perfect. Some things are missing or not working perfectly and some things are hard coded chinese. But as a daily driver for taking perfect photos, calling/messaging its "working".

Some points:

- Google (Play) Services preinstalled, can be loaded through the vivo app store when installing gmail app
- Backup/Syncing working, but the initial restore from an old phone is not offered through google initial setup
- google photos, maps and so on are working, only location history can't be enabled.
- Regular OriginOS updates
- some chinese default bloatware preinstalled, some can be uninstalled
- no google now, just a chinese vivo version
- android auto doesn't work atm
- some fine tuning necessary with default apps, and so on
- google pay, banking apps working

Over all, it's working for me, but i'm missing some tiny bits, which a global rom could fix. But in comparison what you get (camera, performance, display, price...), it's a aceptable device for me.

If you need specific infos, just leave me a note.

If there's a global rom, i would be interessfed too.
thanks for all that info. mine is currently in transit to me. i feel much better after reading your comments. i love taking pictures and that is my main reason for getting this phone. will for sure reach out with questions if needed after I get it.
 

PoochieMama

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Jul 21, 2021
5
3
Huawei P20 Pro
Xiaomi Poco F1
You won't regret it. This phone just captures perfect photos. Even in comparisson to the samsung s21 ultra. My opinion (and my wife with a s21 ultra).

Some things are annyoing but i can live with it. I mean, I can even do phone calls ;)

Just a night shot from now 2 a.m. - it's dark outside and this camera manages to capture photos like its late afternoon...
 

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elwuero

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You won't regret it. This phone just captures perfect photos. Even in comparisson to the samsung s21 ultra. My opinion (and my wife with a s21 ultra).

Some things are annyoing but i can live with it. I mean, I can even do phone calls ;)

Just a night shot from now 2 a.m. - it's dark outside and this camera manages to capture photos like its late afternoon...
you better get to sleep!
 
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Kenora_I

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Jun 12, 2021
1,271
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271
Ireland
Redmi 7A
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Hi,
I've got the chinese version too, and I'm based in Switzerland.

Actually, it's working good, but not perfect. Some things are missing or not working perfectly and some things are hard coded chinese. But as a daily driver for taking perfect photos, calling/messaging its "working".

Some points:

- Google (Play) Services preinstalled, can be loaded through the vivo app store when installing gmail app
- Backup/Syncing working, but the initial restore from an old phone is not offered through google initial setup
- google photos, maps and so on are working, only location history can't be enabled.
- Regular OriginOS updates
- some chinese default bloatware preinstalled, some can be uninstalled
- no google now, just a chinese vivo version
- android auto doesn't work atm
- some fine tuning necessary with default apps, and so on
- google pay, banking apps working

Over all, it's working for me, but i'm missing some tiny bits, which a global rom could fix. But in comparison what you get (camera, performance, display, price...), it's a aceptable device for me.

If you need specific infos, just leave me a note.

If there's a global rom, i would be interessfed too.
Oh google play services are preinstalled?
That's actually new to me.
Sorry, I guess I was kind of misleading with google being removed. It was banned in china but I did not know that google play services still worked.
 

elwuero

Senior Member
I received it on Friday. Chinese version definitely. But Google Play Store already installed. I downloaded all the normal Google apps like Android Messages, Chrome, Contacts & Calendar and they all seem to be perfect. Thinking now, I didn’t download Maps yet. There was an originOS update available and a couple of apps had their own also, like I believe the Camera app. So I'm relieved that updates do come through.

First impressions are positive. It is sleek. Kind of nice how it comes with a screen protector pre installed and it comes with a pretty nice back cover.

I "had to have" this because like I said I love taking photos. Just for reference I have a Sony Xperia 1 ii (for sale on ebay), a Galaxy S21 Ultra (going back to Amazon) and a 12 Pro Max. I shot a lot of photos today with the X60 Pro+. They are all nice. A couple though came out tremendously well. I think to get similar photos I would have had to get my Sony a7C or Sigma fp with a fast 85mm to get the same shot. I for sure would not have gotten the same quality from my other smartphones.

Anyways I don’t think I will try to get the global software on this. Seems like I'll be good.
 

milance86

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Jun 18, 2010
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Vivo X60 Pro+
Hi,
I've got the chinese version too, and I'm based in Switzerland.

Actually, it's working good, but not perfect. Some things are missing or not working perfectly and some things are hard coded chinese. But as a daily driver for taking perfect photos, calling/messaging its "working".

Some points:

- Google (Play) Services preinstalled, can be loaded through the vivo app store when installing gmail app
- Backup/Syncing working, but the initial restore from an old phone is not offered through google initial setup
- google photos, maps and so on are working, only location history can't be enabled.
- Regular OriginOS updates
- some chinese default bloatware preinstalled, some can be uninstalled
- no google now, just a chinese vivo version
- android auto doesn't work atm
- some fine tuning necessary with default apps, and so on
- google pay, banking apps working

Over all, it's working for me, but i'm missing some tiny bits, which a global rom could fix. But in comparison what you get (camera, performance, display, price...), it's a aceptable device for me.

If you need specific infos, just leave me a note.

If there's a global rom, i would be interessfed too.
Hi from Austria :) perfect Summary i totally agree with you, i am happy with the China version, for that price ~ 750€ you will get nice hardware, OriginOS is also nice, i like the gesture navigation, but im missing google maps location history so much, there is some restriction on China for google services, because china dont want to be tracked by usa google... other brands from china have same issue with location history.
I found in this thread with some fix for rooted phones to enable ROM to use location history:

Ennable Google Maps Location Sharing & Location History on Chinese MIUI ROM
You need Magisk properly installed on your ROM and then download & install the following modules:


maybe @Kenora_I can help us to flash Global Rom from India... hopefully without brickung our phones :)
@Kenora_I is it possible to flash Global Rom with banking apps working to pay with nfc ?

best regards
 

calibra71207

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Dec 4, 2017
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Hello Everyone.

I am about to buy this phone but still having some doubts because of the OriginOS. I live in New Zealand. Just would like to ask a couple of questions:

- does it allow to install and use Nova Launcher with gestures?
- is this notification bar and settings bar changeable or at least can set up some gestures for that? Otherwise it requires to touch the top edge of the phone which is not perfect for me
- notifications are visible in Always on Display from FB, whats up, non stock phone or messages apps or not at all?
- does anyone use that with company portal and MS Authenticator? and its working fine?
- how is the battery life - roughly SOT?

I will be really grateful for any help!

Thank you!
Peter
 

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    Hi,
    I've got the chinese version too, and I'm based in Switzerland.

    Actually, it's working good, but not perfect. Some things are missing or not working perfectly and some things are hard coded chinese. But as a daily driver for taking perfect photos, calling/messaging its "working".

    Some points:

    - Google (Play) Services preinstalled, can be loaded through the vivo app store when installing gmail app
    - Backup/Syncing working, but the initial restore from an old phone is not offered through google initial setup
    - google photos, maps and so on are working, only location history can't be enabled.
    - Regular OriginOS updates
    - some chinese default bloatware preinstalled, some can be uninstalled
    - no google now, just a chinese vivo version
    - android auto doesn't work atm
    - some fine tuning necessary with default apps, and so on
    - google pay, banking apps working

    Over all, it's working for me, but i'm missing some tiny bits, which a global rom could fix. But in comparison what you get (camera, performance, display, price...), it's a aceptable device for me.

    If you need specific infos, just leave me a note.

    If there's a global rom, i would be interessfed too.
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    You won't regret it. This phone just captures perfect photos. Even in comparisson to the samsung s21 ultra. My opinion (and my wife with a s21 ultra).

    Some things are annyoing but i can live with it. I mean, I can even do phone calls ;)

    Just a night shot from now 2 a.m. - it's dark outside and this camera manages to capture photos like its late afternoon...
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    You won't regret it. This phone just captures perfect photos. Even in comparisson to the samsung s21 ultra. My opinion (and my wife with a s21 ultra).

    Some things are annyoing but i can live with it. I mean, I can even do phone calls ;)

    Just a night shot from now 2 a.m. - it's dark outside and this camera manages to capture photos like its late afternoon...
    you better get to sleep!