In a news announcement which might come as a welcome relief to many Mi device users in the country, Xiaomi today confirmed that some phones in the Mi lineup would soon be upgraded to the latest variant of the Android operating system – Marshmallow.
The news came in the form of Xiaomi’s MIUI operations manager sharing a screenshot of the latest update on Weibo – which is China’s social media website. Along with the screenshot, the manager also stated that this update would be available for the Mi3, Mi4 and Mi Note devices in the country, and that the update was in its final stages and would be released soon.
While people on the Beta updates list are using versions 5.12.4 of MIUI, the latest build that is being showed on the screenshot shows a version 5.12.24 with a total download size of 518 MB. MIUI 7 is the latest version of the MIUI custom interface family, and it brings with it a lot of sleek customization, handy features and smooth processing power in a user interface that sticks to the traditional MIUI design language.
That being said, we still don’t have much idea regarding how many Xiaomi specific changes will occur in the new upgrade. For example, Mi3 devices that still run on Android KitKat, and Mi4i devices running Android Lollipop feature the same bells and whistles in their systems, owing to the presence of MIUI 7 layered on top of the Android operating system.
This announcement comes right at the heels of an announcement made previously in this month, wherein the same MIUI operations manager confirmed that the Mi4 and Mi Note would be the first smartphones in the company’s portfolio to receive the upgrade to Android Marshmallow. The Mi4 is the company’s current flagship device in India, and it was launched back in 2014 running Android KitKat. The Mi3 was the flagship prior to the Mi4, and it also runs Android KitKat.
The company’s decision to bypass Android Lollipop and give the Marshmallow upgrade might encourage some users to download and install the build when it launches, but we would suggest the users to wait a while. The Beta version – which is fully tested, according to the company – will be apparently launched soon, followed by a developer version and then the final stable builds. The Beta version would strictly be recommended for people who can tinker around with their phone’s OS when needed.
Marshmallow comes with features such as the Doze feature to save valuable battery life when the phone is in a sleep mode, and also features Google’s Now on Tap – a contextual feature which brings the power of Google Now to every screen on the device. MIUI 7 additionally features quite a lot of improvements over its predecessor, with the company claiming that there is up to 30 percent better response time in MIUI 7 than in MIUI 6.