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MIUI Logo as of 16 August 2014.png
Screenshot 2014-04-17-07-59-49.png
The Xiaomi Mi3 home screen in MIUI 6
Developer Xiaomi Inc.
Written in C, C++, Java
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Partially closed source
Initial release August 16, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-08-16)
Latest release 5.1.9 / January 9, 2015; 48 days ago (2015-01-09)
Marketing target Firmware replacement for Android mobile devices; stock firmware for mobile devices
Available in Languages vary by country
Update method Updater
Package manager Google Play (excludes Mainland China) / Market / APK
Platforms 32-bit ARM, MIPS, x86
Kernel type Monolithic, modified Linux kernel
Default user interface GUI (multi-touch)
License GNU General Public License v3
Apache License 2.0
Official website en.miui.com

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 free software Android operating system.[3] The interface is similar to and competes with iOS's UI and Samsung's TouchWiz UI.[4] MIUI includes various features not available in stock Android including theming support.[5]


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.[6] Xiaomi added a number of apps to enhance the basic framework; those include Notes, Backup, Music, and Gallery.[7]

Updates are usually provided over-the-air every Friday.[8] 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.[9]

MIUI and Google Play Services
MIUI does not ship with Google Play Services in its current version in Mainland China, however, Xiaomi has been expanding its operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan , and outside China. MIUI releases for Xiaomi devices sold in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and countries outside of China such as in India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia has Google Play Services and Google Apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Store pre-installed and functions as it would on any other Android device. MIUI editions for these countries is Google certified.

Direct downloads for country specific release also contains Google Play Services and Apps.


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.[10]

Criticisms and controversies[edit]

MIUI's kernel was proprietary, and thus in breach of Linux kernel's GPL.[11][12] Due to criticisms, source code for certain components was released to GitHub on October 25, 2013.[13]

MIUI has also been criticized for being visually similar to iOS's UI as well as Samsung's TouchWiz UI.[14]

Since MIUI 4, 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's Chinese forum,[15] since the engine was proven not to be helpful.[16]

Also during the development of MIUI 4, 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 (featuring MiCredit currency).[17] Later, during development of MIUI 5, nearly all Google services had been removed from the Chinese versions.[18]


Xiaomi has released various smartphones, all of which come pre-installed with a complete version of MIUI.[19] This includes various apps and features not available in the aftermarket version of MIUI.

Version history[edit]

Version Android version Last or major
Date of
last release
Notable change
Old version, no longer supported: MIUI 1 Up to Android Froyo
N/A N/A Initial release
Old version, no longer supported: MIUI 2 Up to Android Froyo
N/A N/A Redesigned user interface
Old version, no longer supported: MIUI 3 2.3.x
Old version, no longer supported: 2.4.20 20 April 2012 Redesigned user interface
Older version, yet still supported: MIUI 4 4.0.x - 4.1.x
Older version, yet still supported: 3.2.22 22 February 2013 Redesigned user interface
Current stable version: MIUI 5 4.1.x - 4.2.x - 4.3.x - 4.4.x
Current stable version: 4.12.5 5 December 2014 Redesigned user interface
Current stable version: MIUI 6 4.4.4 - 5.x.x
Current stable version: 5.2.13 9 January 2015 Redesigned user interface
Future release: MIUI 7 6.x.x
Future release: 6.x.x 2016 Redesigned user interface
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

See also[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. ^ MIUI Official English Site, En.miui.com, retrieved 2014-02-01 
  6. ^ Jason Lim, MIUI, Lei Jun, TechNode, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  7. ^ MIUI Official English Site, retrieved 2014-04-12 
  8. ^ "Introduction to MIUI" (Press release). Xiaomi. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  9. ^ MIUI Official English Site, retrieved 2014-01-31 
  10. ^ "About Us". Xiaomi (Press release). Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "小米的MIUI被指违反GPL许可证" (in Chinese). Solidot. 21 Nov 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "MIUI is accused of non-compliance with free software license, users request MIUI to be free software (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. 
  13. ^ "Commits". GitHub. October 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ Install MIUI Gingerbread Custom ROM On Google Nexus S 4G, Redmond Pie, 2011-05-24, retrieved 2012-01-17 
  15. ^ "Search Results for virus scanning engine". 
  16. ^ "【实机亲侧】MIUI自带病毒扫描无任何安全防护作用!". 
  17. ^ "删除谷歌,内置杀毒,MIUI终于突破底线". 
  18. ^ "Find all the Google Apps in Google installer!". Xiaomi Tech. June 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ 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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