Yes, you can.
you'll need to patiently wait to unlock xiaomi phone bootloader, then you can install MIUI global version or other, personally, I prefer MIUI global
pankos, 10 Jan 2019Never buy a Xiaomi device, MIUI full of ADS everywhere... EVERYWHERE.. even in SETTINGS menu.Are you joking? I have a redmi 6 and cant find any adds in settings. I am not a xiaomi fan and I dont like MIUI. Be reasonable guys!
Scr34mik, 14 Jan 2019No, you cant use Lineage OS or any other custom ROMs. Since Xiaomi puts anti-rollback on their... moreUsed to be when Redmi Note 5 Pro & some other devices for year 2018 were launched, BUT as of NOW for example, Redmi Note 6 Pro, PocoPhone F1 DOES NOT have anti-rollback done by Xiaomi. Go to Xiaomi.eu website to see whether ARB is enforced for these devices in a chart.
XiaomiUser, 12 Jan 2019And also it's a lot easier not to buy a Xiaomi device than to escape Google entirely. Of co... moreNo, you cant use Lineage OS or any other custom ROMs. Since Xiaomi puts anti-rollback on their devices.
Anonym, 12 Jan 2019The thing you failed to mention is that you get both (Google + MIUI), and data starts to add u... moreI have been using unlimited data plans for years so this never crossed my mind, but yeah the data usage can add up over time.
Anonym, 12 Jan 2019The thing you failed to mention is that you get both (Google + MIUI), and data starts to add u... moreAnd also it's a lot easier not to buy a Xiaomi device than to escape Google entirely.
Of course you can use LineageOS with microG or without google services altogether + F-Droid, but not many people can and will do this considering how most apps like WhatsApp or Shazam uses Google Play Services in some way. Also, most apps (and even website like GSMArena) rely on Google's services to provide ads to you.
On a separate note, anyone who's interested in getting rid of data-mining tech giants and willing to pay can check this site out : https://www.privacytools.io/
maybe there will be later also redmi note 7 pro model with snapdragon 710 and NFC ,who knows ;) if only..
Dan, 11 Jan 2019Google does the exact same thing according to one study. "In Professor Schmidt's paper, he ... moreThe thing you failed to mention is that you get both (Google + MIUI), and data starts to add up. But then again, if people actually worried about this, a lot of companies that are tech giants simply wouldn't exist.
Genza, 12 Jan 2019Well that's lame you can't use google search and you'll find many people had bad experiences w... moreNo one is ever happy when their phone breaks. Samsung's warranty in the US isn't that great, but I'm talking of Europe (more specifically the EU countries).
Personal "first-hand" experience, not Google searches, Xiaomi completely refuses any responsibility -- it will be the store alone that gives you warranty. Samsung actually works like written in the terms, they give you choice of a closer repair center (which may be great when you do online shopping).
Anonymous, 11 Jan 2019Isn't it worse then? BOTH Google and unknown China people are collecting your data.Why would someone who's paranoid about being tracked, use the Android OS?
Anonym, 10 Jan 2019Well, at least Samsung has proper warranty which they do respect across Europe. Xiaomi writes ... moreWell that's lame you can't use google search and you'll find many people had bad experiences with samsung warranty service, so your beloved company is not that great when it comes ro warranty and defenitely really bad with updates support
Anonymous, 11 Jan 2019The really good thing with Xiaomi is the hardware that comes cheap, but why dont you just inst... moreIf you've read my previous comment, I did. I'm actually on Syberia OS now since it works with Smart Lock (face unlock) and somehow yields better battery life on my Mi5 than LineageOS.
However I do miss the camera on MIUI since it's a better package overall. Google Cam port works good but somehow MIUI Camera's HDR mode works better in low light (GCam's low light/night sight mode gives me pinkish colour all over my photo). Also, the manual mode is somehow capped at 4 seconds instead of 30 in MIUI camera which is a bummer.
Like you said, Xiaomi's hardware is cheap and is extremely great for modders who can escape all the bloatwares and privacy invasion stuff with custom ROMs or root, but most of the people don't do this (and personally I don't like to waste my time doing it either) which is why I'm advising against using Xiaomi products since Xiaomi is preying on consumers like this to gain data without consent (and no way to opt out).
Also, an unlocked bootloader means you can't really lock your phone down if it's stolen since anyone can boot into TWRP and wipe it clean, but if anyone has a way please do enlighten me on how to do so.
XiaomiUser, 11 Jan 2019Just to repeat for those who didn't catch my previous comment :
If you have a Xiaomi phone (i... moreGoogle does the exact same thing according to one study.
"In Professor Schmidt's paper, he says that an idle Android handset running the Chrome browser in the background sent location data to Google 340 times over a 24-hour period, or 14 times each hour."