Xiaomi MIUI 9 was actually an April Fool's prank

Xiaomi MIUI 9 was actually an April Fool's prank
There's a special place in Hell for people that say they won't prank you on April Fool's day, and then do it anyway. And that's exactly what Xiaomi did last Friday. The company released a tiny teaser of its MIUI 9, and explicitly stated that it's not an April Fool's prank, just to put us off its scent. The “unveiling” of MIUI 9 came with a bunch of rather questionable camera app features.

The first was the so-called Truth Mode, which does precisely the opposite of what one would want from their selfie. Said mode could might as well be called “Uglify”, because that's exactly what it does.

The second was targeted towards people that take group selfies, just because they want to look better than everyone around them. Eccentric Beauty Mode was supposed to detect the face of the owner in a group picture and beautify only that specific face, making it shine among its friends.

There was also the Couple Match Mode. This allows you to take a selfie and upload it to the MIUI servers, so an algorithm can then automatically match you with someone of equal beauty, who also uploaded a picture.

And in case you haven't had your fix of machine learning just yet, Xiaomi also unveiled the Positive Energy Mode. This made your phone pay you compliments, whenever it detected that you look sad in a selfie.

The last not-so-real feature MIUI 9 was supposed to come with was the Beauty Map Mode. This provided information on average attractiveness of the people in different areas. This probably had something to do with all those uploaded selfies for the Couple Match Mode.

And all this was done just for a prank, so MIUI 9 won't be coming as soon as the tease suggested. In fact, no solid release date is set just yet for the next version of Xiaomi's interface, but at least we know for sure that it's in development.

source: GizmoChina



1. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Not funny! Miui9 should have arrived months ago! Now they still advertise it as being moths away. By the time the Nougat based OS comes out, the rest of the world will be munching on Oreo!

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nope, new version of MIUI always released in Q2-Q3.. (MIUI V6 august 2014, MIUI V7 august 2015, MIUI V8 June 2016) and nougat based MUI will be released 2-3 YEARS before "the rest of the world will be munching on Oreo!"

9. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

MIUI Nougat has been out for public-ish beta testing since around 2016 December, and Developer Builds in Nougat have been out since probably January or so. But there's little point in pushing it to stable yet. MIUI covers basically everything, so MIUI8 on 4.4 looks exactly the same as MIUI8 on 7.0.

2. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

MIUI 9 is in the works for more than 6 months. They usually announce in August but last year MIUI announced (BETA released in June)in May and released in August(stable in August/ September ) . Most probably MIUI 9 announced one/two months before August

3. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

MIUI 8 * and MIUI 9 will be announced in One or two months before August*

5. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

weirdly xiaomi might be the best android phone manufacturer when it comes to software support

8. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I like how Miui has a theme app built in so you can download user made themes for Miui.

6. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Seriously? Should I be happy with my Nougat update in August '17? Nougat will be exactly one year old. How is this good software support?

7. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

They aren't necessarily quick but they do support their phones for more than 2 years with their custom Android Miui. The Redmi 1 released in 2013 is still being officially supported.

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