4-Year-Old Xiaomi Redmi Note Receives MIUI 9 Update
In this day and age of companies pulling the plug on software support only a year after launching it, Xiaomi has taken a different route. After rolling out the MIUI 9 update for the Redmi 1S, the company has started updating the Redmi Note to MIUI 9 as well.
However, it is worth noting that this updates the smartphone to MIUI 9 which is built on Android 4.4 KitKat and not Android Nougat or Oreo. While the UI of the phone sees an upgrade, the security patch is dated as far back as October 2016. The Redmi Note and Redmi Note Prime, both have started receiving the new update.
The version for the Redmi Note is MIUI 18.104.22.168.KHIMIEK, while the Prime variant is receiving MIUI 22.214.171.124.KHKMIEK. The size of the update can be anything between 150 to 200MB for either device. By the end of the week, the update will be rolled out to all devices.
Here are the top features of the new MIUI 9 skin:
Faster App Launching Speed
One of the main criticisms of MIUI has been its sluggish nature and the slow speed of general usage even in the flagship devices. Keeping that in mind, Xiaomi has promised much faster app launching speeds and navigation between multiple apps will be snappier as well. Performance enhancements are always welcome and this looks to be a step in the right direction for the Chinese giant.
The split-screen feature was one of the major upgrades in Android Nougat and a plethora of phones from mid-rangers to flagships have embraced this handy little feature. Xiaomi, on the other hand, has launched it just now with MIUI 9 and it’s a welcome update.
Under The Hood Updates
Xiaomi has also introduced MIUI 9 with a few features that run in the background for example application prioritisation. This basically means that apps in the foreground will use up more power, but that has been on Android for a while. It also has better cache management, a new file system and a bunch of other tweaks to make the user experience crisper and snappier.