Lenovo has confirmed that all of its future smartphones will be running stock Android instead of the custom Vibe Pure UI skin. The confirmation was made by Lenovo India’s head of product marketing (mobile), Anuj Sharma in an interview with Gadgets360. The upcoming Lenovo K8 Note will be the first smartphone from the company to ship with stock Android.

The decision to abandon Vibe Pure UI was taken after considering the user feedback which Lenovo received during past 11 months. If you have used any Lenovo smartphone in the past, you must have noticed that the custom Vibe UI is full of features but does not offer a good user experience. While Lenovo will continue to offer enhancements like Dolby Atmos and TheaterMax, the overall experience on the stock Android will be smoother and free of unnecessary bloatware.

During the interview, Sharma said,”What we have done in last 11 months is we looked at what we had in terms of software perspective. We have been close to the consumers and we saw what they were asking for. There was a certain trend and we have now decided to cut the Vibe Pure UI off from our phones. So you will now get the stock Android which consumers have been asking for.”

“What we have done in last 11 months is we looked at what we had in terms of software perspective. We have been close to the consumers and we saw what they were asking for. There was a certain trend and we have now decided to cut the Vibe Pure UI off from our phones. So you will now get the stock Android which consumers have been asking for.”

He further shared information of how it was a challenging task to ditch Vibe UI completely and come up with a stock Android UI. He gave an example of the Chinese market where users prefer custom skins over the cleaner and stock Android but in contrast, Indian users like to have stock Android as compared to a custom skin like Vibe Pure UI.

With the help of stock Android, Lenovo will also be able to push software updates faster than before. Sharma further confirmed that all “K-branded” smartphones from 2017 will be receiving Android O upgrade but the actual timeline will vary from device to device.