New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on November 27, 2020) follows:
Back in January, Xiaomi announced that Poco was set become an independent brand. But this, so it seems, was only an India thing.
And now, in another series of tweets, the Xiaomi brainchild has confirmed that it is going independent on a global scale and not just in India, over two years after the launch of the Poco F1 aka Pocophone F1.
Having come around as a youth-focused brand, Poco continues to wow young smartphone buyers with feature-packed handsets that are reasonably priced when compared to the competition.
But unlike the Poco F1, recent additions to the Poco line of devices have mostly been rebadged existing Redmi models.
Whether this will go on now that Poco is independent still remains to be seen, more so since these are still the early days into the transition.
The company says it has shipped over 6 million Poco phones globally. Besides the Poco F1, others include the Poco F2 Pro, Poco X2, Poco X3, Poco X3 NFC, Poco C3, Poco M2, Poco M2 Pro, and Poco M3.
With this change, it is also unknown whether Poco will still make use of Xiaomi’s after-sales services and MIUI skin. Of course, Poco has previously said it will stick with MIUI, but for how longer no one knows.
Going by our poll results, most of you would relish the chance of using Poco UI instead of MIUI. More on that here.
While uncertainties remain over the future of MIUI and other Xiaomi services, what is now clear is that Poco users will no longer be part of the Mi Community forum.
We knew this was coming. And as per the Product Marketing Manager and Spokesperson at Poco Global, the company is already testing the Poco Community website internally ahead of official launch.
When the testing is done, he says, the Poco Global team will share the link so that Poco device owners can get going.
It’s being tested internally now, will have @POCOGlobal share the link once it’s fully ready! Should be soon 😛
Apparently, the Poco Community will be ready pretty soon. But of course, we all know in software development soon can range from anywhere between days to months, so yeah, we wait.
Update 1 (December 21)
03:22 pm (IST): Poco Community is now officially online and the same has been announced on Twitter by the Poco Global official Twitter handle. You can access the dedicated Poco Community forum by heading over here.
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