Xiaomi MIUI 7 OTA rollout starting October 27
Custom ROMs for Android devices are growing in popularity. CyanogenMod (CM) is perhaps the most recognizable, but rising Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi are pushing their own custom ROMs as well. According to the manufacturer, approximately 150 million users worldwide are using a Xiaomi device with MIUI OS. The next stable release, MIUI 7, is now ready for its OTA update.
The global rollout for MIUI 7 begins next week on October 27th. The OS is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and will notify users via the notification bar if the update package is ready for installation.
The MIUI 7 update applies to most Xiaomi models and even those from other manufacturers including the Redmi Note 2, Mi 4c, Mi 4, Nexus 5, HTC One M8, Huawei Honor 6, OnePlus One, Sony Xperia Z3, and LG G Pro. The list is not exhaustive, so there may be more compatible models for the update. Xiaomi is promising 30 percent faster system performance, faster input registers, roughly 10 percent longer battery life, and a host of new features with MIUI 7.
A few of the new features include XXL-text, a special "kids mode", and other UI functions focusing on personalization. The UI, for example, can be edited with user-made creations.