Xiaomi recently announced that it will roll out MIUI 9 to 40 smartphones, which includes four-year-old Redmi 1s and Redmi Note. Now, the brand has started rolling out the MIUI 9.2 Global Stable ROM for its one of the first Redmi smartphones in India, the Redmi 1s and Redmi Note.
Multiple users have reported that their Redmi 1s, Redmi Note units are now receiving the latest update. The new version for Redmi 1S is MIUI 126.96.36.199.KHCMIEK, while for Redmi Note it is MIUI 188.8.131.52.KHIMIEK. However, there is a catch. The update is still based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Further, the Android security patch is from October 10, 2016. This simply means that Redmi 1s and Redmi Note users will not be able to use certain features which are present in the latest update. One user has also posted the full changelog of the latest update.
That said, the latest update does bring some interesting features. To start with, the update brings App Lock feature and it also supports hiding messages from selected apps. The user interface has also changed and users can notice it in Lockscreen, Status Bar, and notification bar.
Apart from this, the update brings new improved battery usage feature wherein a switch now allows for automatic turning on of Battery Saver Mode when charging. Other than this, there are optimizations in Security app, Dual App setting, Bluetooth setting, Mi account and Mi Drop. The update is rolling out in phases and it will be available to all users in a short period of time. The update size is about 200MB and it should make the experience on the age-old devices a bit smoother.
To recall, Xiaomi announced the MiUi 9 update in July last year. Later on, the company began the rollout of the MIUI 9 Global ROM in early November alongside the launch of Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite smartphones in India. Xiaomi has already rolled out MIUI 9 update for smartphones like Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, Redmi 4A, Redmi 4.
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The latest MIUI 9 is based on the Google Android Nougat. The major highlight of the operating system is its image search, smart assistant, and smart app launcher. Further, it comes with three major style of notifications – Multiple Styles, Bundling Notifications and Quick Replies.
The company has introduced the Split Screen feature which allows users to run two apps simultaneously on the same screen. There is also a new Smart Photo Editing tool, through which one will be able to remove unwanted objects from photos and can even add special fun stickers. Other than this, a new Mi Video App is being introduced as well.