Xiaomi today announced MIUI 9, it’s much anticipated new version of MIUI skin based on Android Nougat at a special event in China. Launched back in 2010, MIUI is currently into the ninth iteration. During these time frame, MIUI ROM has become one of the popular custom UI Skin based on Android. It is being downloaded over 2.8 billion times in 142 countries and has 55 different languages support. As MIUI 9 is a major upgrade, most of you wondering about the new features and improvements it will be bringing along with. So, here we have complete list of MIUI 9 Features.
MIUI 9 Update Eligible Devices
We have already shared the list of eligible Xiaomi phones to get MIUI 9 update in our previous post. Before pushing the stable OTA update, Xiaomi will first release the MIUI 9 China Developer ROM and MIUI 9 Global Stable ROM for various handsets. As of now, Xiaomi confirmed list of devices to get MIUI 9 China Developer ROM includes Xiaomi Mi 6, Mi 5X, and Redmi Note 4X (Qualcomm variant). These are the models to get the update in the first phase starting from August 11.
The company also announced the list of devices to get MIUI 9 update in the second phase, and it includes Xiaomi Mi Mix, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi Max 2, Mi 5c, Mi Max, Mi 4S, Mi 4c, Mi Note Pro, and Redmi 4X. The time frame for this update is August 25.
Finally, the remaining devices (except Mi //1S and Mi 2A) will get MIUI 9 China Developer upgrade in late September. Xiaomi still have to reveals its plan for MIUI 9 Global Developer update.
MIUI 9 – Features
Last year MIUI 8 brought several changes to its design, but this year, the MIUI 9 ROM doesn’t brings major changes to the visual interface. In fact, the latest version of MIUI skin focuses on improving the overall system stability and speed improvements. It also brings few new features including the Split Screen Mode, Smart Assistant, Smart App Launcher, Image Search, and more. Let’s have a brief overview of these features one after another.
Xiaomi for the first time introduced “Image Search” feature to its MIUI ROM. This is the same feature available in Google Photos. So, if you’re using Google photos you might not be new to Image Search. With this feature, one can search images by keywords of what is it in the picture. For example, words like “selfie”, “face” and “blue” will bring photos containing what you are searching for.
Just like Google Assistant, Xiaomi introduced “Smart Assistant” feature to its MIUI 9 ROM. The Smart Assistant feature will let you search pretty much anything on your phone – from photos to text and much more.
Smart App Launcher
Smart App Launcher is another new feature of MIUI 9. This feature will suggest apps to launch based on the content of the conversations that you carry out.
Spilt Screen Mode
Apart from the above features, Xiaomi also brings “Split Screen Mode” which was missing on its previous ROM versions. Earlier, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 was only to get Split Screen Mode feature through MIUI 8 China Developer ROM. Now, with the MIUI 9 update, the company makes each and every Xiaomi phone eligible for this feature including the small-size handsets such as the Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 3S, etc.
Alongside the above features, MIUI 9 also brings some under-the-hood changes. The launch time of apps is “faster than ever before”. It is because of the Dynamic Resource Allocation thread process used in the MIUI 9. During this process, the system with its own critical thinking allocate priority to its in-use apps thereby improving the performance.
That’s it! These are the new features introduced by Xiaomi in the MIUI 9. As of now, these new additions are limited to MIUI China ROM while Global ROM users need to wait a bit. Stay tuned as we’ll update once MIUI 9 Global ROM goes official.