Xiaomi will be pulling the wraps from its next installment of custom Android overlay, the MIUI 7. The rumor mills were pointing at release of the new MIUI 7 somewhere on 17th of August but it seems that the Chinese company will be officially unveiling the new overlay on August 13. The date was confirmed by a special post on Weibo.
Xiaomi had released the MIUI 6 exactly an year ago and it was based on Android KitKat 4.4. The latest MIUI 7 will be based on the Android Lollipop 5.1 and will first seed to high end phones including Mi 4, Mi 4i, Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. Some users were expecting it to be based on the upcoming Android M, but that won’t be the case. Typical Xiaomi move!
We harbor a feeling that MIUI will stick to the Android quintessential and will not stray away from the basic features. The overlay is expected to add a whole new level of useful features and in all likelihood it will come with a tweaked UI. MIUI 6 is already a colorful UI, but the above invite suggests MIUI will be even more colorful.
I have been personally using MIUI 6 on a Xiaomi Note 4G from quiet some time. Although there were obvious comparisons with iOS 8, the MIUI 6 is super smooth and works like a charm but if you load your phone to the brim and try to operate with less internal memory, lag is evident. That being said it has been a well behaving custom overlay without any major problems, and possibly the most feature rich and customizable Android ROMs at present along with Cyanogen Mod.
The MIUI 6 was launched in India after several months and this time around we hope that Xiaomi aligns the launch globally so that the wait for MIUI 7 is limited to minimum. It’s obvious that Chinese build will be the first one to roll out, but we hope to see their Indian team get the MIUI 7 to smartphones here. Apart from MIUI 7, Xiaomi is also expected to come up with some new stuffs on the occasion of its birthday on August 16th. Don’t be surprised if you get to see Mi 5 finally!