Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone maker that may sound familiar. Although Xiaomi handsets are not popular in the United States, it is on top of all smartphone manufacturers in China. The company is mostly known for impressive devices at affordable price points.
Xiaomi has announced the latest version of its custom Android user interface and it looks a lot like iOS. MIUI 6 focuses on simplistic and intuitive design, enhanced usability, and reliable security. Regardless of why you think MIUI looks the way it does, Xiaomi has a pretty damn nice user interface on its hands.
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Xiaomi has released its MIUI Android ROM which supports tablet devices. The ROM is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7.
The company said that this isn’t just based on the MIUI V5 software, but is a completely revamped software with native apps, system menus and new screen animations suited for both screen orientations.
The news couldn’t have come at a better time for the company. Just as they wrangled away former Android icon Hugo Barra from Google, Xiaomi announced that they have reached 1 billion downloads from their MIUI app store in one year. Xiaomi’s UI is based on Android firmware, so it’s no wonder that so many apps have been developed for the platform. (Being located in the most populated region in the world helps a lot too.)
Since the company launched its MIUI app store, it has gained over 17 million active users with over 1.3 million daily searches. Add 5 million daily downloads to the recipe and you come out with with #5 ranked app store in China. (Out of over 200.)
We should expect to see more from Xiaomi in the coming year— we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what they’ve got up their sleeves, are you?
As part of its plan make to a major splash for 2013, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is rumored to quietly working on a special smartphone called the Red Rice behind the scenes— a device that could potentially redefine the budget category as we know it. According to tech site IT168, the smartphone is expected to operate on Xiaomi’s custom MIUI OS and feature a dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 8 gigs of storage and a 2,000mAh battery. Additionally, the device will be dual-SIM compatible and also have support for traditional GSM and TD-SCDMA technologies for Chinese customers out there looking for a traditional 3G or higher-speed technology. All of those specs add up to a shocking price— 799 yuan or roughly $130— meaning that customers in China will have a solid device that could be head and shoulders above other budget-line devices at that price range.
Of course nothing is confirmed just yet, but all indications are pointing out to the MIUI v5-based Red Rice seeing an October release— meaning that customers will have a lot to look forward to right before the holidays.
via: Android Authority
The Chinese manufactured ROM dubbed as MIUI have reached a milestone with 10 million users world wide. For an aftermarket Android OS firmware, this is certainly a huge feat for the team. With a mix of iOS like aesthetics paired with the power and flexibility of Android, MIUI has been popular for rooted users for a couple of years now. Congrats to the MIUI team! Curious to see what MIUI is? Head on over after the break for a video of the ROM.
MIUI has proven to be a highly desirable aftermarket firmware among the developer community, and today marks the initial release of Jelly Bean builds for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus S. Currently, the ROMs contain no major bugs, which is good news considering previous Ice Cream Sandwich builds offered less than ideal functionality. The massive changelog offers an in-depth look at the the backend changes that had to be made to support the bump to Android 4.1. Fresh features include a revamped video player UI, a new contact manager and hundreds of optimizations. You can read the official instructions and download your ROM after the break.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is making a splash by unveiling a couple of new devices. First off— in celebrating its very first phone the Mi-One, Xiaomi has developed a new smartphone called the Mi-One S… which happens to be a slightly refreshed version of the original Mi-One. The big feature about the new smartphone is that it will be based off a new version of the MIUI OS, which is actually a custom build of Jelly Bean. In addition, the smartphone will feature a whopping 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with better sensors. The entire package will run customers 1,500 yuan or roughly $235 USD.
The real kicker however— is the formal announcement of the Mi-Two superphone. This piece of machinery will feature an ultra-rare Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with the new Adreno 320 GPU which utilizes the new 28nm manufacturing process. The device will also feature a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, Bluetooth 4.0, 2GB RAM and a 2,000mAh battery that’s expandable to 3,000mAh. This latest toy will also feature the latest MIUI software which is again based off Jelly Bean. Oh and in case you’re wondering: no the device will not be over $500. Heck– the device will barely be over $300 as Xiaomi has set the price of the Mi-Two at a mere 2,000 yuan or $315 USD.
Of course both devices will only be available in Chinese markets for now, but the hope is that Xiaomi will follow fellow compatriot ZTE and release devices like those out here in the States— well someday at least.
If you are the type of person who likes the look of iOS but prefers the benefits of an Android device, I am sure would you like the MIUI interface. Some of you are probably already familiar with the MIUI experience and have rooted your phone to get it. For the rest of you who aren’t into tinkering or don’t have the time, Xiaomi has ported their MIUI theme for Android as an installable apk and can be found in the Play Store right now. The MiHome app will provide the basic MIUI navigation and will even install a new lockscreen, but don’t expect the full fledged experience as you would if you flashed the actual MIUI firmware. Versions are available for Android 2.3 and 4.0 and can be found through the links below.
MiHome – Android 2.3
MiHome – Android 4.0
This is a big day for ROM developers everywhere as Xiaomi, a Chinese technology company, has open sourced its MIUI ROM for Android. For those that live under a rock, MIUI gives Android an iOS flair in both look and feel and is based on both Android 2.3.7 and CyanogenMod 7 sources. MIUI 4 (based on Ice Cream Sandwich) is even being toted as extremely stable on the Galaxy S II. You can check out our review on an earlier version here. It’s even safe to say that it’s one of the more popular ROMs out there.
If you are wanting to take a stab at the code you can swing on over to the Github where you will find several application and ROM source codes uploaded. While it may not be all of them you can certainly bet we’ll see more source codes pop up in the near future. Enjoy!
– File Explorer
– Sound Recorder