Nexus 7 gets first MIUI ROM for tablets, by Xiaomi

by: Jonathan FeistMarch 17, 2014

MIUI ROM for Nexus 7

Xiaomi has released an open beta ROM of their MIUI Android skin, optimized to run on the WiFi only Nexus 7 (2013.)

When we heard that Xiaomi wanted to expand their operations globally, we thought they meant shipping their hardware running their own software. The Xiaomi Redmi brand began shipping in Singapore just recently, and we imagined that further international locations with this device would be next on the list. Xiaomi instead has made an Android based MIUI ROM available as an open beta for the Wifi only Nexus 7 (2013,) effectively covering the majority of the globe in one fell swoop.

The ROM is tablet optimized for portrait and landscape modes, built as a “brand new architecture,” as opposed to a scaled up version of their MIUI 4, or v5. The experience includes new screen animations, system menus and comes packed with Xiaomi native apps – users will have to sideload Google’s apps, if they desire them.

MIUI for Nexus 7 2013 orientation

MIUI ROM for Nexus 7

Although the Nexus 7 will become the first official non-Xiaomi tablet hardware to run MIUI, we should expect to see more in the future. CEO Lei Jun has made mention that he would work with tablet vendors to see MIUI ship on their hardware.

If you are interested in giving MIUI a go on your WiFi Nexus 7 (2013), grab the ROM and instructions from the official MIUI post. Standard Root and ROM procedures and precautions apply. And don’t forget to tell us what you think – do you think MIUI is as sleek and glamorous as Xiaomi claims?

In general, do you think more manufacturers should make versions of their ROMs publicly available for users to flash to their devices?

  • MasterMuffin

    Wow it resembles iOS a lot on a tablet

    • Husy

      Just curious Master, Im planning a trip for Finland in the summer, you are finnish right?

      • MasterMuffin

        Yes, don’t try to find me please ;D

        • Husy

          I wasnt. Just maybe u had some tips for a first time in scandinavia? :D

          • MasterMuffin

            Absolutely nothing. We really don’t have anything other than snow and -12°C in the middle of March!

          • Husy

            Ahh, haha. Im going to Helsinki in the summer tho :D

          • MasterMuffin

            Good luck at finding anything interesting!

          • mustbepbs

            Aww. That’s sad, man. At least try :P

          • MasterMuffin

            Finland is a safe place with well educated people, but we don’t really have anything to see :)

          • Leo Matija

            well ,I would dream to go in Finland :D I live in Albania :P

          • northernmetal

            Speaking as a metal fan, I must say you guys in Finland have produced some of my favourite bands over the years. I especially like Amorphis and Nightwish (really looking forward to studio album with Floor and Troy on board).

          • MasterMuffin

            I’m glad to hear that :) Sadly most turists aren’t interested in metal

    • Husy

      OO i wasnt? I was just looking for some tips lols :p

  • The Breaker

    Yeah, more manufacturers should should make their ROM’s public. Let’s say i have a Samsung phone (which i do, and i’ve been hating TouchWiz for last 3 years because of that) and i want to install Sense, but not the XDA version, but official one. That would be awesome, but they would have to tweak it for every phone with odd hardware additions (like S5 with it’s s**t fingerprint sensor and it’s useless heart rate monitor). Also, Google should make stock android available on every device, i’d totally install it (and i mean every device, not only the popular ones, like flagship phones, since we :D

    P.S. Sorry about my english, it’s not my main language :)

    • mustbepbs

      OEMs have a hard enough time getting their own devices updated. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue if they even attempted to make a working, stable ROM for devices other than their own?

      It’ll never, ever happen.

      • The Breaker

        I know that (just look at OEM’s that need months to updated their phones to the newest version of Android!), that’s why i only hope for that, not that it will happen :(

        Still, it would be nice if they still made it public, so people could tweak it so it works on their devices :D

        • Jonathan Feist

          Great discussion guys.

          At what point to do we leave some of this stuff in the hands of users?

          For example, Microsoft and Canonical do not pre-install all of the required drivers for my computers, I have to go find them for myself. I understand the differences between installing PC drivers and tweaking a custom ROM, but please look at this on a theoretical level.

          Give me the OS and let me ‘install drivers’ until I get it to work on my device. This would not be a great solution for the average user, but the average user wouldn’t look to ROM their device anyway.

          • mustbepbs

            That’s a pretty good point. It would require widespread adoption, though, since everything up to this point has been locked down and proprietary/closed source, which is the main issue.

  • Groud Frank

    MIUI has a strong aesthetic appeal but that’s where it stop for me. The Launcher (Mi Launcher) is still populated with Chinese script, the app store is in Chinese and from my experience it eats RAM.

  • Fankuan

    It is a little ram heavy, but the nexus 7 has plenty to spare. With gapps and Nova installed, its quite smooth. There are a fair bit of lockscreen bugs though