Xiaomi MIUI 7: What you need to know

The Chinese launch of Xiaomi’s newest installment of the MIUI ROM gave a wholesome peek at what the new version of the popular ROM would be bringing to the table. Nonetheless, Xiaomi had an international launch of MIUI 7 that was held today in New Delhi, India.

Barra started off with the words ‘Xiaomi is a software company. I’m a software guy’. Interesting!

Here’s what you need to know about the ROM.


Theme Focus


Xiaomi has always been proud of the amount of themes that are available (and sell) on through its theme store. MIUI 7 will mean that the focus stays right there, but with added support for the developers. Xiaomi will actively be promoting theme development, and has also announced Muse, a tool that should make development even easier.

Also on MIUI 7 you’ll be presented with a choice of four System UI’s (not to be confused with the systemui.apk that renders) Rosè, Pink Blush, Ocean Breeze and High Life. This isn’t to say that you can’t mix and match things. In fact, that’s exactly what Xiaomi wants you to do anyway.


MIUI 7 will also see the debut of Daily Lockscreen, which if you haven’t guessed yet, will present you with a new lockscreen wallpaper each day. Xiaomi have found themselves in a tangle more than just once (and Gruber is a vocal personality) in the past, which is why the images used by Daily Lockscreen will be licenced images copyright to Xiaomi.




Xiaomi seems to have found out a way to run a couple processes in parallel, thereby reducing the app load times. Barra specified that this was only applicable to stock apps that ship with MIUI, and then proceeded to show the difference between app loading time required by MIUI 6 vs MIUI 7, with the latter claimed to be 30% faster.

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Xiaomi will finally be bringing the Opera-powered data saving functionality to the ROM. Various web browsers have attempted to offer data saving features, but Xiaomi’s perhaps remains the only ROM to offer a system-wide application of the feature.


Gizchina News of the week

An interesting feature known as Auto DND will debut with MIUI 7. For users of the Mi Band, MIUI 7 will automatically go into DND mode once the band detects you’ve fallen asleep. Now that’s pretty neat, and only one of the many useful additions that the Mi Band could bring in.


Showtime isn’t a Facetime knockoff (thankfully). It is, instead, a service that allows you to take a 5-minute video of yourself (or whatever else you want) which will show on the recipient’s MIUI 7-powered phone when they get a call from you. Think of it as a ‘display video’ (along the lines of ‘display picture’).

A plethora of other features beyond the scope of this article will also be coming alongside the ones listed above. ‘Baby Album’, to name one, will automatically detect pictures of infants and sort them into an album. ‘Quick OTP’ on the other hand will let you copy and deal with OTPs (one time passwords) much faster and in a much more efficient manner than earlier. XXL text will let users with not so sharp eyes read text with greater ease.


MIUI 7 will start seeding to phones on the developer/beta channel of MIUI starting 24th of August, i.e., Monday.

MIUI 7: Some more pictures from the launch

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MIUI 7: Launch replay

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  1. Hans
    August 19, 2015

    Any review of the new note 2 coming up?

    • Mrinal
      August 19, 2015

      Am also interested in this. They should have started shipping on the 18th if the shop.gizchina.com page was correct.

      • Nicola
        August 19, 2015

        I doubt that,Geekbuying said that they will receive the first batch at half september

        • Xalis
          August 19, 2015

          Gearbest also has a long presell time, nearly a month of wait.

          But I think gizchina shop has stock units.

        • balcobomber25
          August 23, 2015

          They already have one.

  2. Uzeir Mansuri
    August 19, 2015

    @yash – can you spot which 10 languages are there in this pack ?

  3. waterresist
    August 19, 2015

    Did MIUI7 – the long awaited – magic with Mi4i?

  4. Uradick Headsure
    August 20, 2015

    Themes inspired from Emui (Huawei)

    • balcobomber25
      August 23, 2015

      MIUI has been using themes since at least V3 (first version I used way back in 2011).

  5. August 20, 2015

    FYI Opera Max can be downloaded from Play Store so it’s not exclusive to MIUI 7.

    • Gokul Raj
      August 20, 2015

      FYI opera max is integrated into the rom to save Fata all over the rom not only in browsing.

      • flashmozzg
        August 20, 2015

        FYI Opera Max does exactly that. Compresses all traffic it can. Don’t confuse it with opera mini/turbo

      • August 20, 2015

        It’s the same way when you download it as everything that uses network goes through their VPN. In fact, I have it installed now and can monitor what app is saving the most data.

  6. Burs
    August 20, 2015

    I want this. V6 is killing me with its memory appetite.