After rolling out the MIUI 9 update to the Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, and the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi has started rolling out its latest smartphone operating system to last year’s smartphones, the Mi 5 and the Mi 5s Plus. The company will roll out the MIUI 9 stable update to the Redmi 4, Mi Max, and the Mi Max Prime a couple of days. The Mi 5 has started receiving the MIUI v18.104.22.168 NAAMIEI update, which is 571MB in size. The Mi 5s Plus-related MIUI 9 update has a bigger file size at 1.3GB and comes with the software version MIUI V22.214.171.124 NBGMIEI.
The MIUI 9 update brings a bunch of new features as well as a slightly refreshed user interface. The company has done a lot of work to improve app launch times and reduce latency. The company claims that the phone will run faster, thanks to performance tweaks. The update also brings a revamped notifications system, with support for quick replies and bundled notifications. It also brings the Dual Apps functionality using which you can run two instances of the same app on the phone. MIUI 9 also brings split-screen multitasking, something that was missing from MIUI since a long time.
The MIUI 9 update also brings support for a redesigned home page, animated app icons for some stock apps, Russian holidays in the calendar, a better folder cleaner, and optimised speed for decryption. The battery saver feature gets a switch for better control when the device has enough battery juice. The company has refreshed the design of some stock theme and improved the image editor which can now erase unwanted things from the background and beautify images in a better way. MIUI 9 also has a dedicated screen for app shortcuts which gives you access to your most-used apps, a QR code scanner, and notes.
The inbuilt video player can now group TV show episodes into a single folder, supports a lot of video formats as well as multilingual subtitles. The video player app also supports screenshots, an ability to switch between audio tracks in a video, and an ability to hide videos. The Mi Drop app, which is similar to Apple’s AirDrop, has been released separately, and it allows quick and easy file transfer between Xiaomi’s phones over Wi-Fi. For the Indian market, the company has developed four custom sticker packs but there are 12 sticker packs overall.