Hey guys, so the MIUI 9 has been out for a little while now and I was thinking why not do a little video on it. Just keep in mind there might be some slight differences between phone models that could be due to hardware. Let’s go right ahead and dive into MIUI 9 to see what’s the same and what’s new.
First thing that’s new is the My Device menu. It’s an overall view of your phone’s specs and software version. It shows the current MIUI version and checks for updates when you tap on it.
At the SIM card menu, VoLTE is there for supported devices and also the ability to select default SIM for calls and internet. For WiFi, there is also an indicator when data is being transmitted, which is something new. 3 new menus are the Connection Type, that either provides high speed but might be incompatible to older routers or for Compatibility to most routers. Data Usage mode is something like bandwidth shaping but I’m not too sure how effective it is. And lastly network diagnostics to test the overall network health. Mi Drop also supports WiFi Direct for transferring of files.
Reading mode, Double Tap screen to wake are the same but there isn’t a picture to view when changing Colors and Contrast. The Wallpaper UI has been changed and they also included some new default Themes. Wallpaper Carousel has also been moved to the Lock Screen menu. The Themes App is the place to customize the UI with wallpapers, ringtones and such.
Do Not Disturb no longer have a dedicated setting and it is now bundled with the Sound menu. DND also can be accessed via the volume rocker. Audio settings is removed since it’s also at the Additional setting page.
Ever get annoyed by tons of notifications? Now there is a way to group those alerts between important and unimportant. The phone will actually group them automatically based on your habits but you can also do it manually if you prefer.
Another new setting is the Home Screen and Recent. Here you can change launchers and also turn on and off QuickCard. QuickCard can be accessed by swiping to the right of the Home Screen. You can access app shortcuts and also card like events for certain apps. Tap and hold the home screen brings up familiar settings but now you can multi select apps to transfer to different screens.
The settings in the Battery menu has been shifted around with the one in the Security app, the Performance Power setting and heating notifications are missing as well. Automated tasks has been added for more control on what to turn on and off.
What I like about MIUI 9 is the MIUI Lab. It’s kind of like a place to hold experimental features where Xiaomi user can directly test. It’s likely that these features will be included in future MIUI versions if all goes well.
In Additional settings, Child mode has been removed and Button and Gestures shortcut has been enhanced with extra functional shortcuts. Other than that, the usual features have been retained like Quick Ball and One Handed mode.
Dual App and Second Space also returns from MIUI 8. Second Space allows to have 2 workspace in 1 phone and documents, photos and apps can be shared between them. Dual App duplicates compatible apps where it runs independently from each other.
App Lock protects your apps with a password to prevent others from opening the app. The Security App has roughly the same tools and shortcuts but has been shifted around. Blocklist for blocking calls or sms is now also in the settings icon. Cleaner to clean up junk files, virus scanning and Manage Apps to check app status and permissions.
Mi Remote App is for controlling your home devices using the IR blaster. The Scanner app is the same with functions like QR code, Shopping, Translate, Business card, Document and Study. 2 modes that are quite useful is the Shopping mode where you snap a photo of an item and it does an image search through Taobao, a China online shop. The other one is Translate where you place a word into the frame and translates it on the fly.
The camera app now uses swipe to change modes unlike the menu type in MIUI 8. In Gallery, there is the background erase mode that can remove objects from photos which works pretty well.
Split screen is something new which really benefit those with larger screens like the Mi Max but not all apps are supported.
Game streamers will love this, screen recorder app is now bundled together that records all inputs on the screen. So far there isn’t much lag and it’s pretty useful to showcase apps.
Mi Video app is a one stop place for local and downloaded videos. The app also shows other videos from different sites but it’s mostly in Chinese. It has support for most common file formats like MP4, MOV, 3GP, FLV and such.
Swiping left on the lock screen shows some shortcuts which are not customizable. Xiaomi please allow shortcuts to be changed for it to be more useful.
That’s all for the quick look at MIUI 9. All in all it brings with it UI changes, and much more system optimizations for a faster and smoother experience. Not forgetting small touches like the Spinning Gear animation which is pretty nice.