MIUI

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MIUI
MIUI Logo.png
Screenshot 2014-04-17-07-59-49.png
Screenshot of MIUI 4.3.21 (V5)
Company / developer Xiaomi Tech
Written in C (core), C++ (some third party libraries), Java (UI)
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Closed source (certain components are open source)
Initial release (V1)
Latest release 4.6.27 (V5) / June 27, 2014; 24 days ago (2014-06-27)
Marketing target Firmware replacement for Android mobile devices; stock firmware for mobile devices
Available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Package manager Google Play (if installed) / Market / APK
Supported platforms 32-bit ARM, MIPS, x86
Kernel type Monolithic, modified Linux kernel
Default user interface Graphical (Multi-touch)
License GNU General Public License v3
Apache License 2.0
Official website en.miui.com (International)
miui.com (China)
hk.miui.com (Hong Kong)
tw.miui.com (Taiwan)

MIUI (pronounced "Me You I", a play on the common abbreviation of the words user interface as UI),[1] developed by Xiaomi Tech, is a stock and aftermarket firmware for smartphones and tablet computers[2] based on the open-source Android operating system.[3] It features a heavily modified and hard-coded user interface that takes away the Android app drawer and has visual comparisons with Apple's iOS and Samsung's TouchWiz UI.[4] The Custom ROM[5] includes additional functionality not found in stock Android, including a fully theme-able user interface, new music, gallery, and camera apps, and an alarm clock that rings even if the device is turned off.[6]

Development[edit]

The original MIUI ROMs were based on Android 2.2.x Froyo and CyanogenMod 6 sources, and was initially developed in the Chinese language by Chinese startup Xiaomi Tech.[7] Xiaomi added a number of apps to enhance the basic framework; those include Notes, Backup, Music, and Gallery.[8]

Updates are usually provided over-the-air every Friday.[9] MIUI is then translated and ported into unofficial versions in other languages by independent developers and groups of fansites. The list of supported devices may or may not be complete, and ROMs are very similar but not identical. The list of fansites can be found on MIUI's official English website.[10]

Name[edit]

MIUI is made up of two parts, MI and UI, where UI stands for User Interface and MI, as stated by Xiaomi Tech, stands for Mobile Internet and Mission Impossible, reflecting the obstacles encountered in starting Xiaomi Tech.[11]

Criticisms[edit]

MIUI's kernel was closed source, and thus in breach of Linux kernel's GPL.[12][13] Due to criticisms, source code for certain components was released to GitHub on October 25, 2013.[14]

Prior to V4, MIUI has been criticized for being visually similar to iOS.[15]

Since MIUI V4, based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, Xiaomi added a virus scanning engine from partner company Tencent (formerly from Kingsoft, whose previous CEO was also Lei Jun) despite the opposition of many users. Methods of removing it have emerged in the MIUI China forum,[16] since the engine was proven not to be helpful.[17]

Also during the development of MIUI V4, Xiaomi started to remove Google services from their ROMs in order to build and monopolize its own environment of Xiaomi, including cloud services, paid themes and games (featured by MiCredit currency).[18] Later, during development of MIUI V5, nearly all Google services were removed due to Chinese censorship laws.[19]

Devices[edit]

Xiaomi has released nine smartphones: the Xiaomi MI-One / MI-One S, the Xiaomi MI2 / Xiaomi MI2A / Xiaomi MI-2S, the Xiaomi Redmi / Xiaomi Redmi 1S, and the Xiaomi MI3 / Xiaomi Mi3S, all of which come pre-installed with MIUI.[20]

Version history[edit]

MIUI version Android version Last or major
release
Date of
last release
Notable change
Old version, no longer supported: V1 Up to Android Froyo
N/A N/A Initial release
Old version, no longer supported: V2 Up to Android Froyo
N/A N/A Redesigned user interface
Old version, no longer supported: V3 2.3.x
N/A N/A Redesigned user interface
Older version, yet still supported: V4 4.0.x - 4.1.x
Older version, yet still supported: 3.2.22 22 February 2013 Redesigned user interface
Current stable version: V5 4.1.x - 4.2.x - 4.3.x - 4.4.x
Current stable version: 4.6.27 27 June 2014 Redesigned user interface
Future release: V6 Future release
Future release Future release Redesigned user interface
Legend:
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About MIUI Video on YouTube
  2. ^ 50 Beta Testers Wanted for Official MIUI for Nexus 7 II. Apply here - Beta Team - MIUI Official English Site - Redefining Android, MIUI, 2014-02-26, retrieved 2014-03-05 
  3. ^ http://tech.sina.com.cn/t/2011-07-28/01255847379.shtml
  4. ^ MIUI Is a Gorgeous, Super Fast ROM for Android, Lifehacker, 2011-04-25, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  5. ^ Everything You Want To Know About Custom ROM, GeekPrison.com, 2011-04-25, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  6. ^ MIUI Official English Site, En.miui.com, retrieved 2014-02-01 
  7. ^ Jason Lim, MIUI, Lei Jun, TechNode, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  8. ^ MIUI Official English Site, retrieved 2014-04-12 
  9. ^ "Introduction to MIUI" (Press release). Xiaomi. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  10. ^ MIUI Official English Site, retrieved 2014-01-31 
  11. ^ "About Us". Xiaomi (Press release). Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "小米的MIUI被指违反GPL许可证" (in Chinese). Solidot. 21 Nov 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "MIUI is accused of non-compliance with open source software license, users request MIUI to be open source (MIUI被指责不遵守开源软件协议,网友要求公开源代码)" (in Chinese). tech2ipo. 21 Nov 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Commits". GitHub. October 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Install MIUI Gingerbread Custom ROM On Google Nexus S 4G, Redmond Pie, 2011-05-24, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  16. ^ "Search Results for virus scanning engine". 
  17. ^ "【实机亲侧】MIUI自带病毒扫描无任何安全防护作用!". 
  18. ^ "删除谷歌,内置杀毒,MIUI终于突破底线". 
  19. ^ "Find all the Google Apps in Google installer!". Xiaomi Tech. June 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Xiaomi Phone with MIUI OS: a $310 Android with 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC and other surprises, Engadget, 2011-08-16, retrieved 2012-01-17 

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