Xiaomi starts pushing out MIUI 7.1; new build still 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



1. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

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

2. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

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

3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

4. srk_s_rao unregistered

KitKat is still better and stable than Lollipop

5. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 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!!

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 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.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1923; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

MIUI is still a thing?

8. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

9. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 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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