Xiaomi will release Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 along with Mi 5X on 26th July

Xiaomi has revealed the launch date for the much anticipated Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 update. According to a blog post on MIUI forums, the company will roll out its latest update on 26th July 2017. The post also points out that the company will launch Mi 5X along with the roll-out of MIUI 9.

For the uninitiated, MIUI is a heavily skinned version of Android that Xiaomi loads on all the smartphones that it ships. The company adds its own apps and custom functionality in the operating system making it difficult to update the core Android to a newer version. To provide a perspective on how long it takes for Xiaomi to roll out major Android releases with MIUI is the fact that it has been 442 days since the launch of MIUI 8.

Image Credit: Xiaomi MIUI Forums

Image Credit: Xiaomi MIUI Forums

The blog post points out at a number of features that will be a part of MIUI 8.

  • Redesigned Lock Screen shortcut
  • Added Split-Screen feature
  • Added 3 new themes besides the default theme.
  • Removed rarely used features

Xiaomi will roll-out the update in batches to ensure a smooth, bug-free and easy release of MIUI 9. This means that only a limited amount of Xiaomi devices will receive the update in the first batch. One thing to note here is that the MIUI 9 here refers to the MIUI 9 China ROM, the company has not shared details about the launch of MIUI 9 International ROM. Last but not the least, the company will share a ‘big news’ on 19 July 2017.

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 23:20 PM