Along with Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite in India, Xiaomi has also announced availability MIUI 9 Global ROM. the ROM is starting to roll out to Xiaomi’s entire portfolio of devices starting with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Mi MIX 2, and the Mi Max 2 from early November and the remaining devices by end of this month.
To recall, the MIUI 9 was unveiled earlier this year in China, with three key features – Image search, Smart assistant, and Smart app launcher.
Here’s the full list of eligible devices for MIUI 9 Global –
The First key feature of MIUI 9 is image search, the image search is something completely new for Xiaomi devices, but you’ve probably seen it in the Photos app by Google. You can search the images by keywords of what is in the picture. Words like “selfie” “face” and “blue” and also filter them out by people, location, expression, events, documents, and screenshots. It will bring photos containing what you are searching for.
The Second key feature of MIUI 9 is Smart assistant, The Smart Assistant feature will let you search for anything on your phone and swiping to right on the home screen will bring up the search along with app suggestions, news and other customisable widgets, similar to Apple’s Spotlight feature for iOS.
Third and last key feature of MIUI 9 is Smart app launcher, it launches an app, based on screen contents. It can open Maps if you are talking about going somewhere or help you read more about an artist if you are reading an article on him.
There are tons of other improvements including faster app load times, new design elements, lock screen shortcuts, split retooled notification panel, new themes, animations, a native split-screen mode, and much more.
The company has optimised touch feedback, CPU acceleration, and also worked on an automatic background activity management. Some of the other minor additions include automatic cache cleaning, new file system management, and Wi-Fi speed boost.
Xiaomi also revealed some India-specific MIUI 9 features including a theme dedicated to the region as well as a new sticker set exclusively for India. Talking about the smart IRCTC SMS feature, the company will start showing the new message format specifically for IRCTC bookings in India.