MIUI Evolution From The First Version To The Current 12th Version

August 16, 2020 is MIUI’s tenth birthday. Xiaomi MIUI officially stated that in the past ten years, they grew from 100 enthusiasts to more than 300 million users worldwide. Also, there were only few small optimizations at the beginning, while now, every new generation brings leading functions. Over the past ten years, product managers and development teams have listened to user feedback in various channels and made continuous improvements. The development version has been iterated for more than 460 Orange Fridays. This is MIUI’s insistence.

MIUI also said that if you ask 100 Mi fans what is the Xiaomi product that best reflects the power of this brand, it is estimated that 99 people out of 100 will say MIUI.

But let’s take a look at the evolution of MIUI from the very first generation to the latest 12th generation.


August 16, 2010

On August 16, 2010, MIUI V0.8.16 was officially released on the MIUI forum, and 100 users experienced this version. To this day, you can still see MIUI sculptures composed of the usernames of these 100 dream sponsors in the Mi Technology Park. The first version of MIUI focused on the design of text messages, contacts and phone calls. This was not a complicated thing. But many things started from this – the Internet development model, Orange Friday, etc. This is MIUI, which has not changed until today.



October 29, 2010

More than two months after the first version, MIUI v2 was released. In this version, MIUI has optimized more system applications, such as MIUI music, MIUI network disk, desktop, file management, backup, etc. In this version, many influential MIUI original functions, such as dialing, T9 search, DOCK column folders have also been added.



March 25, 2011

In addition to the original guest mode and the volume key to unlock the screen, the biggest change in MIUI v3 is the launch of the Variety lock screen and Variety themes. With the ever-changing framework developed by Xiaomi, that is, the MAML language and the MORE rendering engine, designers can easily create various lock screens and themes. The ever-changing personality match starts here.



January 19, 2012

MIUI v4 marks the beginning of Xiaomi’s full-scale Internet services. Xiaomi Cloud, Xiaomi App Store, Xiaomi Video, Xiaomi Music, Xiaomi Theme Store, and Mi Coin are all launched in this version. At the same time, it brought MIUI’s first-of-its-kind functions, including piano tone dialing sound effects, alarm support for smart skip holidays, and no sound for the first call from strangers. Also in this generation, MIUI global users exceeded 10 million.



March 1, 2013

Starting from MIUI v5, the design style of the system has been unified. The T-shaped structure proposed by MIUI v5 influenced the design of subsequent generations of MIUI. More MIUI original features are also born in this version – night scene image stabilization mode, ring phone interception, smart prompt and mark unfamiliar calls, junk file cleaning, camera support QR code scanning, desktop batch sorting, sharing WiFi Passwords via QR code, notification-type SMS aggregation, real-world compass mode, etc. Also, in this version, Xiaomi introduced an alignment wake-up mechanism half a year ahead of Android’s power-saving mode. More importantly, the runtime permissions introduced in MIUI v5 are nearly three years ahead of native Android. This feature is the cornerstone of Android user privacy protection.

MIUI 6: Minimalist design

August 16, 2014

At the fourth anniversary, MIUI 6 released by 798 Art Center brought a new minimalist design. The team only refined the essence of the product, focusing on the content you care about. This is the minimalist aesthetic of MIUI. But there were some pioneering functions such as marked number blocking, unimportant notification, traffic correction, and bracelet-free payment. In this generation, MIUI global users officially exceeded 100 million.

MIUI 7: No monotonous, designed for you

August 13, 2015

MIUI 7 brings 4 sets of different default themes, goddess version, boy version, girl version, and light luxury version, rejecting monotony and designing it for you. It also brings functions such as Big Mac fonts, children’s space, Xiaomi quick transfer, one-key phone change, etc. Also, this is the version that brought the original baby photo album, which still records the growth and changes of children for thousands of families.

MIUI 8: Easy to use

May 10, 2016

With the kaleidoscope as the source of inspiration, MIUI 8 reorganizes all aspects of the system with colors and animations. Also in this version, MIUI added the Xiao Milan Pavilion font, becoming the first smartphone system in China to customize fonts. The addition of functions such as the smartphone avatar, application dual opening, photo album editing, etc. makes the system easier to use. The first shift assistant, calendar traffic limit reminder subscription, and aggregation calculator bring more convenience. At the same time, MIUI 8 also makes Xiaomi the world’s first smartphone manufacturers that support both bank cards and bus cards.

MIUI 9:  Works faster

July 26, 2017

MIUI 9 adopts a simple, brisk and vivid design, making the phone efficient and full of vitality to use. It focuses on smooth experience, overcomes the problems of phone system stuck, and provides lightning-fast operation experience. Functions such as portals, information assistants, and quick search for photos make the operation more efficient. Also in this version, Xiao Ai voice assistant came to MIUI. The Xiao Ai training program made the phone operation more efficient. In MIUI 9, there is another original feature that has affected the entire Android ecosystem quietly. We are talking about the full-screen gestures. At the same time, MIUI’s global users exceeded 300 million.

MIUI 10: AI blessed full screen system

May 31, 2018

MIUI 10 adopts a full-screen design. The new design style brings a full-screen experience integrating software and hardware. MIUI 10 further enhances the smooth experience of the smartphone system, providing a faster-than-lightning operating experience through AI pre-loading and optimization of hand tracking. The original natural and pleasant sound system completely changes the auditory experience of system notification sounds. Xiao Ai is closely integrated with the system and can handle complex smartphone operations in one sentence.

MIUI 11: Efficiency innovation, full of sound and color

September 24, 2019

The interface of MIUI 11 removes redundant symbols, leaving only the necessary information and content, pointing straight to the core at a glance. MIUI 11 also brings the industry-leading dynamic font system, the industry’s first step-less font weight, and the natural dynamic sound system. These two pioneering designs won the 2019 Red Dot Award. The addition of the Vientiane screen has made the appearance design of smartphones one more possibility. The Mi Work suite composed of Xiaomi mutual transfer, file management, screen projection, and convenient printing, and the Mi Go travel suite composed of smart travel and to-do items are the efficiency tools MIUI 11 prepares for business people. The first AI call brings convenience to more people. Another pioneering function of earthquake early warning has brought peace of mind to more people. By the way, Google is working on this only now.

MIUI 12: Touch the imagination, feel the reality

April 27, 2020

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MIUI 12 is the pinnacle of MIUI’s ten years, and it is a perfect combination of top dynamic effects and aesthetics. The overall design style is completely new, and self-developed technologies are applied from the bottom to the top of the system. The Miyou Light Cone animation architecture which is significantly ahead of Android, brings real motion effects and synaesthetic visual design across styles ​​and cultures, as well as super wallpapers that break through space constraints. It comes with the world’s leading privacy protection capabilities. Through the three privacy weapons, interception networks, and concealment masks, it defends your data more securely. The global free window may be the world’s best mobile multitasking solution. And we are not talking about the accurate smartphone motion detection algorithm or the negligible power consumption.

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