dev, 18 Jan 2016Given the abysmal custom rom selection for Xiaomi phones this is hardly an issue.
IMHO you b... moreYou know what - Being able to install a custom ROM is an important flexibility for any device running Android OS. I agree to you that this might not matter to most of the people using Android devices, but still it is not a good practice preventing users from doing the same.
Coming to my own situation - i just hate the chinese OEMs mimic IOS in Android skins. I was thinking about buying Xiaomi Note 3 pro as my next device - with the hope that I don't need to put up with MIUI and use cyanogen custom ROM. Now, Xiaomi has made my decision easier. I will stick to Motorola branded phones (of course made by Lenovo) with near stock android.
Since when did a chinese company even have respect for google's guidlines?
well i'm a mi4c user and ain't too happy about it. an ota than may brick your device for good ? damn you xiaomi what are you thinking. safety for locking the bootloader is just an excuse. dirty little company.
i see Redmi Note 2 will sell more and more and Redmi Note 3 be a fail from Xiaomi! That's it.
Company Xiaomi not proceed correct. Common sense would be leaving free not locking.
Hello Xiaomi, you started aberrations ?
AnonD-485837, 18 Jan 2016thank you for making my decision easy for me xiaomi. non of your products for me. oneplus 2 al... moreOPO 2 does have locked bootloader but it unlocks with a simple, painless oem unlock command.
Given the abysmal custom rom selection for Xiaomi phones this is hardly an issue.
IMHO you buy a Xiaomi phone for MIUI and what MIUI offers. Using other roms kind of defeats that.
You don't see Apple users complaining because you can't install Android on iphones.
I get the whole "open source" crap about Android but we all know that's hardly the case.