Poco plans bloatware exemption in cheaper smartphones

The smartphones of Xiaomi and its subsidiary Poco are usually relatively cheap, but they often come with a lot of so-called bloatware. In an interview, the team behind Poco has now hinted that the Xiaomi MIUI on the brand’s devices could be significantly streamlined in the future. As two senior Poco executives gave an interview to colleagues at the Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona, XDA Developers indicated that the MIUI developed by Xiaomi could be lighter on Poco devices in the future.

Cheaper devices can offer better performance by avoiding bloatware

In the conversation, Poco executives made it clear that they are considering delivering certain smartphones with a simpler, simpler operating system. This means that parts of the Android-based interface have been redesigned in various ways to reduce the load on the hardware.

You can lose some “weight” this way, which puts unnecessary strain on the processor, especially on cheaper smartphones, it said. Apparently, the associated plans are not concrete yet, it says. However, Poco is currently exploring such a path, especially for low-end and entry-level smartphones. Since Poco has only been marketing devices for a few years that have been acquired by Xiaomi with only a minimally modified design, it remains to be seen whether the subsidiary brand will actually be able to slim down the MIUI interface independently.

Most recently, devices like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro had only been adopted and launched under their own name – with a slightly different cover on the back but otherwise completely identical equipment. In most markets, Poco and Xiaomi devices are available in parallel.