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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Xiaomi announces MIUI 9 Global ROM for India, claims it's as fast as stock Android

"People have this perception that stock Android is a lot faster - with better performance than MIUI. That was true three years ago. But, now it's not. We measure it in our lab tests. Now MIUI performance is about the same  as stock Android if not better," a Xiaomi spokesperson said while speaking exclusively with India Today Tech, a day ahead of announcing the MIUI 9 Global ROM for India. "With MIUI 9, we've finally reached at par with stock Android. But we still want to do better," the spokesperson added.
Xiaomi has always been more than vocal about the fact that "we don't update a phone just to change an Android version number. But, actually it has to make the phone better." Take the newly announced MIUI 9 update for instance. Rolled out in beta globally on August 11, with a stable version launching this November 3 for the Redmi Note 4, Mi Mix 2 and Mi Max 2, the MIUI 9 update is said to offer explosively fast app launch times on the back of "optimised haptic feedback, intelligent CPU acceleration and optimised thread scheduling."
MIUI 9 is as fast as stock Android:-
 Xiaomi"I've seen some reviews where people say that this device has worse hardware than a better equipped Redmi device, but because it has stock Android, it's faster: that's objectively not true," the spokesperson reiterated.
Xiaomi measures this in two ways. The first is by comparing app launch times. "We compared it with Samsung, and found we're faster than TouchWiz. We also did a comparison of Redmi Note 4 with the Mi A1 because basically they're the same hardware: one on MIUI 9 and another on stock Android. In terms of app launch times, we found it's about the same."
Rolled out in beta globally on August 11, with a stable version launching this November 3 for the Redmi Note 4, Mi Mix 2 and Mi Max 2, the MIUI 9 update is said to offer explosively fast app launch times
Xiaomi's second 'objective' test involves measuring lags - on a phone -- over a long period of time - for users to notice -- with both first party and third party apps. "We're faster than TouchWiz and when you compare stock Android with MIUI 9, over the course of 6 hours, the Mi A1 had about 86.5 seconds of accumulated lag, for the Redmi Note 4 it was about 90 seconds," the spokesperson said adding that three years of performance improvements later, MIUI is now at par with stock Android, if not better.
Xiaomi's custom ROM, aka MIUI, although it offers a seamless experience across the board, is known for some heavy skinning on top of Android, something that hard-core geeks don't really appreciate. Also, because there's third-party skinning involved -- and because Xiaomi likes to update each and every device in its portfolio more or less on similar lines -- the fact that users have to wait longer for updates, doesn't go down well with many. That besides the fact that the company is known to kill some key Android features just so it can maintain uniformity across its devices is a subject of much debate. The MIUI 9 update is a little different.

Feature wise MIUI 9 is at par with stock Android: 

Xiaomi is touting three key features -- in addition to fast app launch times -- that set the MIUI 9 apart from its predecessor, the MIUI 8:Universal search: a powerful search engine on a Xiaomi phone that can differentiate your image like you do by typing in keywords.

MIUI 9 has a ton of features on top of Android, according to Xiaomi. "I think if you were to complain about feature differences between MIUI and stock Android, the biggest thing that people complain about is notifications. So in MIUI 9, the notifications are basically the same as stock Android. We support multiple styles of notifications including bundled notifications from an app, quick reply, and one-finger swipe to expand."

MIUI 9 will be supported the below Xiaomi smartphones:-

Mi MIX 2,  Mi Note 3,   Mi 6, Mi Max 2,      Redmi Note 4,   Redmi Note 4X,                 Redmi Note 5A,   Redmi 4, Redmi 4X,       Redmi Y1,    Redmi Y1 Lite,    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 3S Prime, Redmi 4,    Redmi 4A,    Mi Note,       Mi 4i, Redmi 2,   Redmi 2 Prime,    Redmi Note 4G Prime,    Redmi Note 2,  Mi 4, Redmi Note 4G, Mi 3, Mi 2.

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