You can now flash stock Android 4.4 on your Xiaomi Mi 3 or Mi 4

You can now flash stock Android 4.4 on your Xiaomi Mi 3 or Mi 4
MIUI is one of the most popular custom ROMs for Android around. It brings an array of various settings and tweaks to the Android experience, yet it treats the Home screen to a simplified, cleaner look, while getting rid of the App drawer altogether – iOS style. In fact, the latest MIUI skin is probably the most reminiscent of Apple's operating system – with through-the-glass looks of its backgrounds, flat icons, and apps like the calendar and calculator sporting pretty familiar aesthetics – the custom ROM looks a lot like a re-skin of iOS 7.

MIUI is being developed under the wing of Xiaomi and is the stock ROM for its phones, phablets, and tablets. However, owners of the Mi 3 and Mi 4 smartphones, who do not care much about Xiaomi's interface, will now be able to flash stock Android 4.4 KitKat on their devices. A developer at the MIUI forums has published an AOSP version of the Android ROM, compiled using the official kernel, keeping it as vanilla as can be. The latest published ROM also supports over-the-air updates and the developer says that this is how they will be pushed from now on.

There are a lot of people out there who enjoy vanilla Android and some of those who bought a Mi 3 or Mi 4 for their bang-to-buck ratio, rather than MIUI, will be glad to know what they now have a semi-official option to strip it down.

source: MIUI forums (translated) via GSMArena

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  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3050 mAh
Mi 4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3080 mAh



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


2. xsoft7

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

the one thing i hate about the company that they could not use correct selling person. ksi-a-omi.

3. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Their wallpapers are very great. I love them. And that's all about goodies of MIUI. P/S: Personally opinion. No offence to MIUI fans.

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

My fav feature of MIUI is appoops! remember 4.3??? You can choose which app can what permission....

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Vanilla Android is BORING. MIUI is a LOT more functional 10 times over, its security and customization features are second to none.

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I agree...100%...

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But still absence of app drawer is big let least to me...

8. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Simply install any launcher like nova or apex, u will get app drawer... :)

12. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But still built in solution is better.... I use Gnow launcher....but still I want MIUI with app drawer....

13. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

you can have a app drawer with the miui interface

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You can install the App Drawer back into the phone. XiaoMi has launched their present look before iOS 7 but being a much smaller company they will always be regarded as the follower.

11. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

@GreekGeek. You are right. MIUI is such an eye pleasing UI. But MIUI team should optimize the software more. Because its so heavily skinned that in moto g like specs(Redmi 1s), its lagging like hell. I have to use Swap partition and minfree manager just to make it smooth. Also, greenify and link2Sd to remove bloats.

9. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Hoping that this is gonna be a long term thing for MIUI but then I read "a" developer in there???.... you'd think that Xiaomi's roaring local turf + Asian emerging markets' success at this point could have more than afford them some more people to share the burden. Afaik for non-vanilla MIUI, device maintainers available right now are still what at 1-2 per device. If they can improve on this, they might just go up on my "more than alright" list over say Lenovo, Asus and/or Huawei definitely.

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