Xiaomi has finally provided an upgrade to its custom Android ROM, MIUI. The MIUI 9 was launched in an event today along with the Mi 5X and an AI speaker. The new MIUI 9 is built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with three major features. There might be many optimizations but Xiaomi has focussed on highlighting 3 major features in the MIUI 9.
Smart Image Search
The Smart Image Search will allow users to use type certain keywords and get results which match those. This is a step towards image recognition through neural networks which other tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook are already capitalizing upon.
MIUI users will soon be able to search contextually for pictures by mentioning people, locations, expressions, events and much more.
The smart assistants might be a next step in creating newer interfaces for interacting with a device. In MIUI, an in-built smart assistant shall be accessible simply by swiping right, just like in stock Android and iOS’s Spotlight search. The assistant will help users in finding almost anything in the phone right from photos to text. This interface will also have relevant app suggestions, news cards and various other customizable widgets.
It will be interesting to see how Xiaomi integrates its own assistant with the already present Google Assistant.
Smart App Launcher
The smart app launcher will recognize the context of the contents on the screen and suggest apps to launch based on this information. This can be useful in many cases and will make the MIUI user experience even better.
It will be exciting to see whether how accurate the app suggestions are.
After tweeting about every new feature in the MIUI 9, Xiaomi ensured to reply to the original tweet stating, “This feature is available in China only for the time being. Stay tuned for Global MIUI 9 rollout.” This disclaimer makes it clear that the OS experience and some features in the Chinese ROM might differ from the Global ROM which will launch later.
If we notice, there is a specific pattern in all the three key feature announcements in the MIUI 9. They all heavily rely upon artificial intelligence and its capabilities. We will hopefully see more of that in all kinds of interfaces going forward.
There are many optimizations and various other features in MIUI including split screen feature, smart functionality, shortcuts on the lock screen and much more. Even 3 new themes by Xiaomi are coming to MIUI 9.
Xiaomi has focussed upon making MIUI 9 extremely fast and they have shared a tweet which sums up their efforts in this regard.
Lightning fast system – Explosively fast app launch time! #MIUI9
Do you like what you see? pic.twitter.com/mkGJKYWxRA
— Mi (@xiaomi) July 26, 2017
The Chinese Developer ROM of MIUI 9 will be available from August 11th. It will be made available for Xiaomi Mi 5X, Mi 6 and the Redmi Note 4X. The second phase of the rollout will begin from August 25th and it shall be available for a bunch of other Xiaomi phones such as Mi Note 2, Mi Max 2, Redmi 4X and many more.
Are you excited to get MIUI 9 on your phone?