Xiaomi previews MIUI 9: split-screen mode, new lock screen, see all the latest features here


A couple of new Xiaomi products are set to break cover on July 26th. Apart from launching the Mi 5X, a handset in the upper mid-range category, the Chinese phone maker will also introduce the 9th iteration of its MIUI interface. 

Today, an official preview of the custom Android skin appeared on the MIUI forums, so let's quickly review all the new stuff coming with the software update. 

Split-screen multitasking



Split-screen multitasking is finally coming to MIUI. The feature initially premiered in the stock version of Android 7.0 Nougat. However, for some reason, it wasn't present on Xiaomi phones. Apparently, the company did include it on its enormous Mi Max 2 model back in May, but our review unit did not have the functionality (probably a different ROM). 

Currently, Xiaomi has confirmed that the following handsets will be receiving multi window mode: Mi 6, Mi MIX, Mi Note 2, Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Mi 5, Redmi Note 4X. The entire list of compatible devices will be revealed after the event wraps up.

Lock screen shortcuts



MIUI 9 will feature lock screen shortcuts. Doing a swipe to the right will redirect you to the above menu. Currently, we can see that shortcuts for the Mi Home, Mi Remote, Mi Pay, Transport Card, and Torch (flashlight) functionalities will be available, but we certainly hope that these will be customizable, given that most of them won't do too much outside of Asian markets. 

New themes



A trio of new themes will be available inside MIUI's proprietary app. These go by the names of Cool Black, No Boundary, and Color Fantasy, although the forum thread does state that the names in English are not final. 

It's also worth noting that there won't be any labels or text below the dock icons at the bottom. This is done in order to provide a cleaner look to the entire home screen. You can see the new themes in the above gallery. 

Xiaomi plans for MIUI to be released gradually. The first batch of devices to get the new software will include the Mi 6, and the Redmi Note / Redmi Note 4X, followed by a second set of popular and recently released smartphones. The thread also mentions that some "Technologies Breakthroughs" are set to be announced, but for more info on that we would have to wait for the actual launch. 

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12 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ugliest UI in the world, period... On par with Samsung Touchwiz based on Android Jelly Bean... If I were to buy a Xiaomi, the first thing I'd do is install Lineage OS... It's just WAY too ugly... Almost intolerable... Oh well, G'Day!™

4. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Have you even used it ???..... i don't know the hate for miui.... it's way better than​ you think.... it's very feature rich and has alot of funtionality.... it's nowhere ugly... the default theme is plain and simple... plus the theme store has alot alot of beautiful themes and customised theme option to select certain aspects from number of themes according to choice and implement it.... The mindset alot of users hace about miui here on phonearena is dated and invalid since miui 7... miui 5 and 6 were ugly but latest 8 is very good....

8. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I am on my third Xiaomi, the OS is fine and if you need an app drawer there are many easy ways to add it in a few minutes. You can even have two different spaces one with Xiaomi's skin and one another or of cost a mixture in each, Try doing that on an iPhone!

6. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

I don't know where this hate from Do you guys really need that app drawer anymore? Even Google get rid of that, Buy a 3GB ram xiaomi device and use it full 7 days and try all the features I have friends who hate MIUI as well. They just hate because it doesn't have app drawer. I think you belong to those one. I am using MIUI since it's 5 th Iteration (MIUI) My device (mi3 ) released in October 2013 with Android 4.2 . It is been 45-46 months , received Android 4.4 and now running 6.0.1 Marshmallow.they skipped lollipop for their entire devices. Mi2/2s released before Mi3 ( about a year and 6 months) It is receiving weekly China and Global Dev Rom You can't see any ROM which is optimized for battery , especially all redmi and Max series are equipped with 4000+ mah and promised two day battery life at a fraction of cost. My advice for anyone who are going to buy new xiaomi device , Buy 3GB variant because it is Heavy . Don't blindly think it is bad just because it doesn't have app drawer. It has more than 200+ Million users worldwide even though it is available on countful countries. Have fans all around the world Don't trust anyone who says it is bad ESPECIALLY PHONE ARENA ( yes this website) Authors here don't know anything about it , they just know it is carbon copy of IOS ( in reality it isn't) and many new features of IOS 11 are already running very will on miui way before apple announced it , use it for 7 days and decide.

7. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

BTW mi3 was released along with MIUI5 and received MIUI 6,7,8 and going to get MIUI 9 as well . On the other Jane Mi2/2s was released with MIUI 3 and going to get MIUI 9 AS well. They skipped MIUI 4 .

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

MIUI is excellent but I hate the launcher and use ZenUI instead. Problem solved.

10. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I bet you hate iOS too then.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

I've never used an iPhone and doubt I ever will since they don't offer dual-sim and they're locked down. So, since I prefer an app drawer, I probably wouldn't like IOS.

12. Pum.jk

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2017

Hey GreenMan, MIUI is more beautiful than and smarter than TouchWiz for me. I had 3 Samsung phones Galaxy S2, Note 2 and Note 4. I just decided to buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X because my note 4 was dead 3 weeks ago. Then I need a cheap but good phone for now because I want to buy New Note 8. But.. Xiaomi surprised me. Phone specs and build materials are really really good for the price. MIUI is really useful and you can change its Theme to fit your preference. Now I love all icons and their xiaomi app functions. I might buy Note 8 anyway because I love s pen. That is only thing keeping me with Samsung. But I will keep Redmi note 4 as my secondary phone because its battery is superb. 4100 mAh! Good day Pum.jk

2. mayor

Posts: 18; Member since: May 06, 2017

well said...

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The feeling is mutual...!

5. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Best UI on the planet , followed by Huawei's EMUI and Samsung's TouchWiz .... Haters gonna hate .....

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