Mark your calendars: Xiaomi set to unveil MIUI 9 in China on August 16
Out of all the Android skins out there, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of
the more divisive ones out there due to the way it changes how Android
typically feels across other devices, among other qualities. Whether
that changes with the upcoming MIUI 9 remains to be seen, but Xiaomi
looks to unveil the update on August 16 in China.
A post on Xiaomi’s forums confirmed the upcoming announcement,
though it did not say what new features MIUI 9 would bring. It did
confirm that MIUI’s product manager took to Chinese microblogging site
Weibo to give folks a sneak peek of MIUI 9’s aesthetics, as well as lay
down the law regarding Android Nougat and MIUI 9.
Regarding the latter point, a recently-leaked poster
showed which Xiaomi devices will get upgraded to Android 7.0 and which
will get bumped up to Android 7.1. The forum post made it clear that
this list differs from the list of devices that will be upgraded to MIUI
9, though there will inevitably be some crossover.
As for what features we can expect, MIUI 9 is rumored to
include split-screen and picture-in-picture modes, the latter of which
will be available when Android O launches later this year. We can also
expect a slew of performance improvements, bug fixes, and features, but
what those look like will have to wait until the official announcement
to learn more.