Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the most popular custom ROMs available, serving over 280 million active users from around the world, at least that’s what the company claims. Earlier this week, Xiaomi officially announced the rollout of MIUI 9 in India. It’s the custom ROM that’s based on Android Nougat operating system. The successor to MIUI 8, Xiaomi’s latest custom software made its debut in China late July this year. Here’s the list of key changes in MIUI 9 over its predecessor.
More often than not, Xiaomi’s primary focus has always been a speed and performance when it comes to a software experience. And that’s what Xiaomi always claims to have improved with each rollout. It remains unchanged with MIUI 9 as well. This year, Xiaomi claims to have doubled the speed of MIUI 9 over MIUI 8. According to the company, it was made possible by redefining how the operating system processes the apps. We’ll have a better idea of its actual working and performance improvements once we put it to test.
New and improved image editing app
Xiaomi has apparently brought a lot of changes and improvements with regards to its built-in image editor. It now lets users make changes without any image distortion or losing an actual quality of a picture. One of the interesting features has to be wiping the objects off your pictures that you no longer want to see. Additionally, the company has also introduced some new set of stickers to lighten up the mood.
Mi Drop is now a standalone app
Mi Drop is one of the noteworthy features of MIUI that makes sharing big files easier. Similar to ShareIt, Mi Drop allows users share files over Wi-Fi, which is faster, unlike Bluetooth. In MIUI 9, however, it’s become a standalone app that you can download via Google Play Store.
No MIUI announcement would complete without Xiaomi introducing some new, exciting themes for users. Same is the case with MIUI 9 since it offers some new, customisable themes for users.
Since MIUI 9 is based on Android Nougat, it now has the most-anticipated multi-window mode. It allows two apps to share the screen and operate simultaneously. This way, users can let’s say visit a web page and send an email at the same time.
People love taking photos with their smartphones, but sometimes searching pictures in the gallery is stressful. With MIUI 9, users can easily find the images by describing what they are looking for. We’ll have a clear idea as to how it works once we try it out ourselves.
New notification bar
One of the drawbacks with MIUI was its inability to deliver expanded notifications and let users interact with them, similar to stock Android. But that’s changed with MIUI 9. Users can now expand notifications without opening them and interact with them right away. For example, users can now reply to a WhatsApp message directly from a notification.
App vault shortcuts
MIUI 9 lets users access their most-used apps with a single tap using new app vault shortcuts. It contains shortcuts to apps and features like Scan, Torch, Mi Home, and much more. It’s somewhat similar to OnePlus’ Shelf feature.
Smart app launcher
Similar to Google Now on Tap screen search, MIUI 9’s new smart app launcher helps users search and seek information for the text or image they select while browsing.