A few months ago, Xiaomi had promised that it would rollout its newest smartphone software, MIUI 9 to all the devices that have every been launched in India. After months of rigorous testing on all the compatible phones, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the stable version MIUI 9 for all the device that it had promised. Manu Jain, India Head and Vice President of Xiaomi, announced the release of the global stable ROM via a tweet on Monday.
MIUI 9: Compatible Xiaomi Phones
The MIUI 9 update will be available to all the compatible devices globally. Interestingly, the stable ROM version is being rolled out to even the oldest smartphones from the company which were ever released in India.
The list includes even the very first phones that were launched in India such as the Redmi 1S and the Mi 3. The update also extends to the Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 3S/Prime, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi Y1/Y1 Lite, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 4, Mi Max/Mi Max Prime, Mi Max 2, Mi 4i, Mi 4, Mi 5, and the Mi MIX 2.
If you have one of these phones, you will receive an OTA prompt to update your phone to MIUI 9. To do it manually, you can go to the software settings and find the update. The update is very unlikely to cause any damage but it is always advised to keep a backup before any software update.
MIUI 9: Updates and Features
The new skin comes with a variety of features and updates. The performance has been enhanced and UI has been redesigned. The update also brings system optimisations, new notifications and much more for a better user experience.
The visual changes like app animations will improve the experience even further. The conventional on-screen navigation buttons can be replaced by gestures on 18:9 display devices. To enable a feature on an 18:9 display Xiaomi smartphone, make your way to the settings, then to Full-Screen Display followed by Full-Screen Gestures.
Settings -> Full Screen Display -> Full Screen Gestures
In the beta phase of the global ROM update, the edge-to-edge display phones had received support for iPhone X-style full-screen gestures. With MIUI 9’s official release, the full-screen gestures feature is now available for phones like the Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi MIX, Mi MIX 2, and the yet to be launched Xiaomi devices featuring full-screen display.
A variety of gestures are supported including swiping up from the bottom to go back to the Home Screen. You can also swipe up from the bottom and pause your Recent Apps. You can also go back to the previous page by swiping from left or right from the edge of the display.