Many smartphone manufacturers launch the devices with their own version of Android. Some of them alter the appearance in a way that the whole interface looks like some other platform. Xiaomi’s MIUI is such a heavily skinned version of Android.
The availability of updates is a factor almost every gadget enthusiast looks forward to before buying a phone. The standard time frame of updates for a typical Android device is two years. However, Xiaomi has thrilled their customers by releasing a new update for Redmi Note and Note Prime released in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Xiaomi Released MIUI 9 Updates for Redmi Note and Note Prime
Going by the latest reports, Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 9 updates to Redmi Note and Note Prime. They have started the process in the beginning of January itself. According to GSMArena, Note is getting 126.96.36.199 and Note Prime is getting 188.8.131.52 update.
Xiaomi had launched Redmi Note in 2014 March with MIUI 5 based on Android 4.2.2 KitKat whereas the Note Prime hit the market in 2015 December with MIUI 7 (on Android 4.4 KitKat). It doesn’t seem they have upgraded the Android version with the new updates. Nonetheless, the users have spotted some features that weren’t there in the previous version (MIUI 8) available on both the old models.
The new update brings a refined security app for conducting virus and payment scans in a convenient way. It also comes with easier contact search with readability feature, an improved blocklist with rules for each SIM card, an option to search for apps in Dual apps settings, new display formats for updating logs in Updater app, a switch to turn the battery saver off when the phone is charging.
Some other changes include Add to Favourites icon adjustments, Mi Mover app now supports data migration restarting, cleaner removes empty folders better, protection from unintentional tapping, and overall simplification of the user interface.
We should commend Xiaomi for considering these old models for the updates. Redmi 1S, which is one of the first budget devices in India from Xiaomi also started receiving MIUI 9 update.
Despite being regular in bringing MIUI updates, the company isn’t very keen ionreleasing Android OS updates. Given they drive the stock Android features to MIUI (without upgrading the OS), an end-user might not feel the need as well.
The Redmi Note 3 also started getting MIUI 9.2 update. If you are using any of the phones mentioned here, you can follow Settings > About phone > System update to check the availability of updates.