Xiaomi has officially started rolling out MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat for all its devices. The Chinese smartphone maker failed to deliver on timely software updates with most users waiting really long for the new version of Android.
The MIUI 9 update, which promises major design tweaks and performance improvements, is finally here. The update was first detailed at an event in New Delhi back in November last year, and is being pushed to most of its devices as an OTA update. Xiaomi said the update will be available in a phased manner, and devices were put into batches with Mi MIX 2 and Redmi Note 4 getting the update first.
Now, Xiaomi has revealed the complete list of devices getting the update in India. Xiaomi has said it plans to release the update for 40 devices and in India, it plans to release MIUI 9 software update for 21 devices. The list includes devices dating back to Redmi 2 and Redmi 2 Prime.
The update will be available for Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, Mi MIX 2, Mi 5, Redmi 4, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite, Mi Max, Mi Max Prime, Mi 4, Mi 3, Redmi Note 3, Redmi 1S, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 3S, Redmi 3S Prime, Mi 4i, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi 4A, Redmi 2 and Redmi 2 Prime. While the updates were available for select devices in the form of OTA update, Xiaomi has also put out the recovery as well as fastboot ROM for all of these devices.
It needs to be noted that Xiaomi is seeding an operating system based on Android 7.0 Nougat at a time when Google is preparing to release Android 9.0 or Android P. Xiaomi has not disclosed its plans for Android 8.0 Oreo yet. The update brings a faster boot times, and app launch times too have been reduced significantly. It also adds automated tasks to clear cache and a new file system.
MIUI 9 also brings dynamic resource allocation that understands how to in-use apps for a more fluid experience overall. When you jump from MIUI 8 to MIUI 9, you will notice that the notification shade has been tweaked to present information in more concise way and icons have been animated. There are a ton of other changes including a gallery app with more editing options, and MIUI video app offering better management of videos.