Xiaomi to stop support for six smartphones, MIUI 9 to be their last update
Xiaomi has officially released a list of devices that will stop receiving updates after MIUI 9. During the launch event of MIUI 9, the Chinese company has boasted of being the only company that was providing updates to devices dated back to 2012. However, few of these devices will stop receiving support after the roll out of MIUI 9.
Xiaomi is popular for not being updated with the latest Android version. However, the company does incorporate most features in its MIUI updates which come with extreme modifications to stock Android. The MIUI 9 is based on Android Nougat 7.1.1. The update was launched earlier this year but started rolling out to Xiaomi devices in India this month.
Xiaomi will be stopping support of Mi 4i, Mi 2/2S, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime and Mi Note. Most of the Xiaomi devices in the list were launched in India in 2015 or before. However, Xiaomi has still kept the Mi 3 out of the list. Xiaomi Mi 3 was the first device from the company that was launched in India.
The MIUI 9 update was launched earlier this year but started rolling out to Xiaomi devices in India this month.
MIUI 9 will bring a host of new features to the Xiaomi devices. The company began circulating the stable update to Redmi Note 4 and Mi Mix 2.
The new software was launched alongside the Xiaomi Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite, which will also recieve the update by mid-november.
Considering that these new low-specked devices will get the update early, most other Xiaomi devices might also recieve the update within this month.
During the launch event the company compared the MIUI 9 with Samsung's TouchWiz on J7 Max. The MIUI 9 was able to open and close 34 apps in comparison to Touch Wiz's 16. Samsung J7 Max was also compared to measure lag-times in between switching apps. Xioami claims the Samsung device takes 45 per cent higher time than the Redmi Note 4 that was operating on MIUI 9. The company even claimed to be as fast as Android stock version.
The MIUI 9 makes changes in the notifications shade. The user will have multiple styles of notifications. The notifications will also be bundled in accordance with the application. The user will be able to interact with updates within the notification shade. The split screen can be initiated by using the open applications page. Icon animations have been integrated to the new MIUI 9.
Features like Smart Photo editing will let the user edit background distractions within images without much hassle.
MIUI 9 also has a shortcut page on the left of the home page. Similar to the Google Now launcher, the user will just have to swipe right to open the shortcuts. Mi Video App now supports popular video formats and also facilitates automatic grouping of videos.
Xiaomi has also introduced various India-centric features in the new MIUI 9. IRCTC text messages with ticket details will be received in a card format. Indian festivals have also been included on the Mi Calendar application. The company has also launched stickers specially made for India along with a new Limitless theme.
These are the devices that will receive the new MIUI 9:
MI Mix 2, Mi Note 3, Mi 6, Mi Max 2, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi 4, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1s
Mi Mix. Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi 5s, MI 5s Plus, Mi Max, Mi Max Prime, Redmi Note 3, Redmi 3, Redmi 3s, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A
Mi Note, Mi 4i, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi Note 2
Mi 4, Redmi Note 4G