At an event in Beijing, China, Xiaomi showed the new version of its custom user interface – MIUI 9. It is based on Android Nougat 7.0 and comes with three key features – Image search, Smart assistant, and Smart app launcher.
The image search is something completely new for Xiaomi devices, but you’ve probably seen it in the Photos app by Google. You can search the images by keywords of what is in the picture. Words like “selfie”, “face” and “blue” will bring photos containing what you are searching for.
The next feature is called Smart app launcher. It launches an app, based on screen contents. It can open Maps if you are talking about going somewhere or help you read more about an artist if you are reading an article on him.
The third major improvement of MIUI 9 is the Smart assistant. It can find anything from photos to text. We would like to compare it with Google Assistant, but this will happen once the ROM rolls out globally, since MIUI 9 is currently available only in China.
Xiaomi also said the launch time of apps is “faster than ever before”. The improvement is made thanks to a particular CPU acceleration and better haptic feedback. And if you are using one app, it will get get prioritized by the system resources to ensure smooth performance.
Xiaomi also stated that 2.8 billion active users from 142 countries, speaking 55 languages, are currently using MIUI in general.