Xiaomi MIUI 9 comes with three new features including Smart Assistant and Image

Xiaomi MIUI 9 is a new iteration of the company’s custom Android skin based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Xiaomi Mi 5X is the first smartphone to support the new MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat. The MIUI 9 update is expected to start rolling out to other devices

Xiaomi MIUI 9, the next iteration of the company’s custom Android skin is finally official. The new MIUI 9, based on Android 7.0 Nougat, was unveiled at an event in Beijing and brings three new features to the top of Google’s core Nougat features. The first smartphone to offer a new user interface is the newly launched Mi 5X and plans to update a total of 19 Mi and 17 Redmi series devices on Xiaomi OS.

Xiaomi says its MIUI has 2.8 billion active users in 142 countries, speaking 55 different languages. Xiaomi adds that MIUI 9 Power offers faster and faster app launch times, and uses dynamic resource allocation that has its own thinking for allocating app-centric usage priorities. Xiaomi has refined the UI for improved feedback, smart CPU acceleration, and optimized thread scheduling.

While MIUI 9 is an overall performance improvement, it also brings three new features – Image Search, Smart Assistant and Smart App Launcher. The three new features will only be available in China at launch, but are expected to be available worldwide at a later stage.

Image Search: As the name implies, Xiaomi is bringing a statewide image search into its ecosystem. The feature is similar to the image search feature in Google Photos and Apple Photos app. MIUI 9 users can search images by keywords like people, location, expression and event. Image Search is also capable of digging images into conversations.

Smart Assistant: Xiaomi’s Smart Assistant is like Google Assistant and basically serves as a way to find anything from text to photos. Can also find schedules and notes from smart assistant devices.

Smart App Launcher: This new feature is an implementation similar to Google Now on Tap The feature enables MIUI 9 users to launch an app based on the content displayed on the screen. For context, the Smart App Launcher map will open if the user talks about a specific location. If the user is reading an article quoting that author, it can also provide details about an author.

Xiaomi seems to have completely refined its user interface over Android Nougat. The new MIUI brings split screen multitasking to all compatible Xiaomi smartphones. While Xiaomi will only roll out these new features for Chinese users, all other users will have to wait for its global availability.

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