Xiaomi's MIUI custom ROM is one of the most popular manufacturer skins around, with over 280 million users across 220 countries. A majority of users are from Xiaomi's home market, China, but with the brand seeing a lot of momentum in India and other Asian countries, it is now offering features tailored to a global audience.
Here's a look at what's new in MIUI 9, and when you can start using it on your Xiaomi phone.
What are the new features in MIUI 9?
With MIUI 9, Xiaomi's main goal was to improve stability and speed, and to that effect the company optimized over 20 areas of the interface for better performance. The result is that MIUI 9 feels much more responsive when compared to older versions of the ROM.
And with the ROM seeing a lot of usage in markets like India, Xiaomi rolled out a retooled notification pane designed for global markets. The notification panel in the global ROM comes with bundled notifications and in-line replies, features that aren't present in the Chinese version of the ROM.
While the Chinese ROM leverages Xiaomi's digital assistant and universal image search, the global variant comes with an all-new image editor that can easily remove background elements from photos, a new video player, exclusive themes and stickers, and a Google Now-style pane that lists your frequently used apps.
What devices will receive the MIUI 9 update?
Xiaomi is rolling out the MIUI 9 update to a total of 32 phones. Basically, most Xiaomi phones released over the last five years will be getting updated to MIUI 9. Here's the full list:
- Mi Mix 2
- Mi Mix
- Mi Note 3
- Mi Note 2
- Mi Note
- Mi 6
- Mi 5
- Mi 5s
- Mi 5s Plus
- Mi 4i
- Mi 4
- Mi 3
- Mi 2
- Mi Max 2
- Mi Max
- Mi Max Prime
- Redmi Note 4
- Redmi Note 4X
- Redmi Note 5A
- Redmi Note 3
- Redmi Note 4G Prime
- Redmi Note 2
- Redmi Note 4G
- Redmi 4
- Redmi 4X
- Redmi 3
- Redmi 3S
- Redmi 3S Prime
- Redmi 2
- Redmi 2 Prime
- Redmi Y1
- Redmi 5A
While it's great that the five-year-old Mi 2 is picking up the update, XIaomi has announced that MIUI 9 will be the last stable release for the device, along with five other Xiaomi handsets — the Mi 4i, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, and the Mi Note.
When will my phone get the MIUI 9 update?
Following its rollout last month, the MIUI 9 OTA has rolled out to Xiaomi devices, with the likes of the Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, Mi Mix 2, Mi 5, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, and the Redmi Y1. The update is also currently making its way to the Mi Note 2, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi Max, Redmi 3, Redmi 3S, Redmi Note 3, and the Redmi Note 2.
Xiaomi is rolling out weekly builds with bug fixes and feature additions following feedback from the MIUI community. With over 30 phones set to receive the update, it will be a few months before Xiaomi rolls out the latest version of its custom ROM to older devices. But with the major launches from the last two years already receiving the update, the company will be shifting focus to older devices in its portfolio over the coming months.
Did you receive the MIUI 9 update on your Xiaomi phone? How are you liking the new additions?
Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
This article could have been much shorter. MIUI 9: Everything you need to know! It's bad!
You obviously have no experience of MIUI.
Yes, he's right. It's bad and full of bugs. Delevopers on the forum still writing sth like "stay tuned, bug is being taken care of" but nothing happens. I submitted mine in September and they do not give a s.. t. I had Mi5 and it died suddenly due to motherboard and now Mi6 with bugs. Grey status bar, GPS functioning sporadically, notifications messy, battery draining etc etc. Do you need more evidence why MIUI is crappy?
We don't need more MIUIs, we need Android updates.
Nobody outside of China should be using this hardware or this ROM. Unless, that is, you don't mind the PRC and the PLA knowing everything about you and everything you interact with at all times. If my company had BYOD, these would be the first items on my blacklist. State-sponsored industrial espionage is real.
When i will get MIUI 9 on my device Xiaomi Redmi 3 Stable???Now i am using *.5.3.0(LAIMIED)???
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