Screenshot of MIUI 4.3.21 (V5)
|Company / developer||Xiaomi Tech|
|Written in||C (core), C++ (some third party libraries), Java (UI)|
|Source model||Closed source (certain components are open source)|
|Latest release||4.6.27 (V5) / June 27, 2014|
|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)
hk.miui.com (Hong Kong)
MIUI (pronounced "Me You I", a play on the common abbreviation of the words user interface as UI), developed by Xiaomi Tech, is a stock and aftermarket firmware for smartphones and tablet computers based on the open-source Android operating system. 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. The Custom ROM 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.
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. Xiaomi added a number of apps to enhance the basic framework; those include Notes, Backup, Music, and Gallery.
Updates are usually provided over-the-air every Friday. 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.
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.
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, since the engine was proven not to be helpful.
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). Later, during development of MIUI V5, nearly all Google services were removed due to Chinese censorship laws.
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.
|MIUI version||Android version||Last or major
|Old version, no longer supported: V1||Up to Android Froyo
|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|
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