Chinese Rom Down Sides for Global Use

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manus31

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May 7, 2016
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I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on a 256/8 varient of the k20 pro with the intention of just using the phone as daily with the Chinese Rom in A urope ,I know there will be other roMs but I just can't be arsed with all the modding about,getting too old and too busy to be messing,but love the look of the phone specs etc

Is there any downsides to using the Chinese rom,Im happy enough with the lack of band 20 and I understand the phone will get OTAs and there is English support

Are there any other problems besides the bloat which should be easy to remove, bit of fiddling for play store too I think

Should all apps work ok etc or anything else I should look out for
 

manus31

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May 7, 2016
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I think Europe version should be mi 9t pro, if you want to flash Chinese stock room, unlock bootloader first, fastboot flash Chinese full package
No no no,read my post before giving a reply, I was enquiring about the Chinese rom,the kind of disadvantages to using it in Europe because there is no 9T pro,no global rom as yet
 

hyperkiller

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A friend that had chinese miui on mi8, told me that he had some problems with gps, and also it would have low signal strength, and those where fixed with global rom.
 

ef1x

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Gps works fine, and signal strength depends on coverage off cell towers. I can say that it has same signal strength as poco atleast where i live.
 

d.terenzzo

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i'm more less in the same page, im eager to buy the Chinese version, but not sure if i wont give up of B28, coz its make a lot of diff here in Brazil.
Do you guys think this band will be available for future update, like previously happened to Mi9, it didnt have band 28, but its got now. Maybe its only software dependent, right?
 

GANESHBRUCE

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Jul 26, 2019
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No Google Keyboard (English) in China ROM K20 Pro

I could not see the Google Keyboard that can be used across apps even after installing the Google Services in my K20 Pro Chinese Version.
 

MI1990

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May 11, 2018
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i am also in your situation , i can't understand why there isn't a k20 pro chinese rom review to explain exactly which are in DETAILS the difference , we know about play store etc
@GANESHBRUCE can't you you install any keyboard from play store ? (including google keyboard) ?
 

aamer_it

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I bought the the Chinese rom 256/8 and I the amount of bloatware is insane! At least I have uninstalled 30 apps, some can't be installed, this was a turn off for me, but now I just have to live with it. Other things all good all fine.

But I want to ask experts here, is there any privacy issue with the Chinese ROM? With this amount of apps I feel like they have all kind of data monitoring just to shove their adds in my face, so is there anything I must do? Block something or stop specific service?
 

gbjack

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Dec 23, 2008
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One can use the Chinese ROM without any flashing but you have to live with some Xiaomi app and some minor Chinese in some places even after switching to English.

There are no major issues as far as I know.

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I bought the the Chinese rom 256/8 and I the amount of bloatware is insane! At least I have uninstalled 30 apps, some can't be installed, this was a turn off for me, but now I just have to live with it. Other things all good all fine.

But I want to ask experts here, is there any privacy issue with the Chinese ROM? With this amount of apps I feel like they have all kind of data monitoring just to shove their adds in my face, so is there anything I must do? Block something or stop specific service?

Third party app paid Xiaomi a price for their apps to be pre-installed. The only ad coming through may only be from Xiaomi MIUI.
 

NXxR

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I've used it for a week and everything worked just fine, there was some cool features that only works in chinese rom wich was MI AI wich pre loads apps and its basically like google assistant (pre loading apps was cool), it had a special keyboard only for inputing passwords and there's more! the downside was because i installed google play store by an apk (maybe if you install gapps.org it fixes it) it coudn't sync my contacts and other things (real big problem for me) and besides the stupid chinese apps there's some MIUI apps that doesn't change with the language like the calendar and others i don't remember...
Try it for youself, at the moment i'm using mi globe rom, wich is based of the chinese rom + features and debloated.
 

gbjack

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Dec 23, 2008
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I've used it for a week and everything worked just fine, there was some cool features that only works in chinese rom wich was MI AI wich pre loads apps and its basically like google assistant (pre loading apps was cool), it had a special keyboard only for inputing passwords and there's more! the downside was because i installed google play store by an apk (maybe if you install gapps.org it fixes it) it coudn't sync my contacts and other things (real big problem for me) and besides the stupid chinese apps there's some MIUI apps that doesn't change with the language like the calendar and others i don't remember...
Try it for youself, at the moment i'm using mi globe rom, wich is based of the chinese rom + features and debloated.

You need to install calendar and contact sync apk and ensure autostart is enabled to sync.
 

DontDamnMe

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Jul 17, 2019
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I used it for a while but had to switch to the India ROM (kinda Global I guess).
Honestly the English version of the China ROM (stock) was fine with me but Google Home wasn't working fine because it mixed up English and French (phone was in English/ Google Home in French), my wife couldn't use it because she doesn't speak English. The other downside was the MI "Browser" being launched by default for all external apps including GMail, very annoying for me.

Other than that everything was working fine, and I liked being able to see the new features (like the new multiple shot in the camera not available in India). The bloatware was kind of ok with me, except MI AI which was sometimes confused with Google Assistant by the phone in certain apps/ devices (Bluetooth).
 

MI1990

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May 11, 2018
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can someone of you tell me if there is Netflix on the Playstore in the china stable rom ? i know he has L3 widevine but i wanna be sure i can use last APK version without any issue. i'm fine with 540p quality of L3.

thanks
 

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    Im using it Croatia, there is lack of the band 20 and you manually must instal google playstore and services. Other than than that there arent any dissadvantages