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Xiaomi starts pushing out MIUI 7.1; new build still based on KitKat

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Xiaomi sends out update to MIUI 7.1, based on KitKat

Xiaomi sends out update to MIUI 7.1, based on KitKat

Yesterday, we told you that Xiaomi would start pushing out the update to MIUI 7.1 Global Stable Build today. And sure enough, the latest build of the manufacturer's user interface has been sent out to certain devices OTA. On Monday, when we first told you that the update was being sent out, we mentioned that we did not know which Android build MIUI 7.1 would be based on. We now have the answer.

MIUI 7.1, like MIUI 7.0, is based on KitKat. The highlighted changes that come with the update include:

File Explorer supports hidden folders.

New ‘Doodle’ tool added for image editing in Gallery.

Mi Drop makes it easier to share files with nearby devices.

Data saver lets you save up to 50% data usage.

Six text sizes available for you to choose from including XS.

The update is coming to the Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi Note, Xiaomi Mi 4i, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime, Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G and Xiaomi Mi Pad. Because MIUI 7.1 will be sent out on a staggered basis, you might not receive it for a few days. If you can't wait, don't call CNN and tell them you're going on a hunger strike. If you're knowledgeable about phones, you can click on the sourcelink and flash the ROM to your phone.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Xiaomi via GadgetzArena

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posted on 05 Jan 2016, 20:45 1

1. Carl3000 (Posts: 233; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)

Wait, they're still running KitKat on their flagships?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 21:01

2. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)

Some of their devices
devices like mi4c , mi4i , mi note pro has lollipop

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 21:09 1

3. neela_akaash (Posts: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

there are lots of bugs in this update....

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 00:54 1

4. srk_s_rao (unregistered)

KitKat is still better and stable than Lollipop

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 01:02 3

5. yourmom (Posts: 82; Member since: 21 Feb 2015)

it's companies like these which add to fragmentation still using a two year old os in their latest update but blame Google for fragmentation.. great!!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 02:42 1

6. Arthurhkt (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

The things about these Chinese ROM is that.... They never cared much about fragmentation, most of their UI/ROM are so heavy modified that they doesn't even look like a Android anymore ("Might be" due to the part they are not part of OHA members, they doesn't really follow Google design guide line). I believe unless it is tech geek like us or else casual user won't even recognized they are using Android, and some of them doesn't even care the version of Android they are using. But still, I hope that my Redmi 2 at least will get the Lollipop, but maybe they just don't fix what wasn't broken.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 08:46 1

7. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

MIUI is still a thing?

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 04:03

8. eldyagustius (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

I don't understand such MIUI fanboy said Kitkat is better than the newer Android version such Lollipop and Marshmallow or the Android update doesn't mean anything. The thing is newer Android means newer API. As example, you can see the performance difference between the running Google Maps on Kitkat and Lollipop. Delutional if somebody said they don't need the newer Android.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 07:34

9. avinash22i (Posts: 69; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

What are they still doing with Kitkat its been months since Marshmellow came out.
Not a good thing in my opinion. I mean the OS is two years old for gods sake.

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