Xiaomi has been having a lot of success recently, with its range of competitively priced smartphones and tablets, but the company is perhaps equally as well known for its MIUI software. The company has just released a new version of its customized Android OS – MIUI 6.

MIUI 6 introduces some big changes to the software’s look and feel, with a brighter color pallet and an overall flatter looking design than before. But the update is not purely cosmetic, the core apps have been updated with new features and there have been a number of tweaks to the OS.

MIUI 6 apps

The MIUI home launcher now comes with new gesture support to help with larger display sizes, the ability to organize the home screen icons, and many of the common apps, such as email, have received a makeover. Themes are still an integral of MIUI 6, so users will be free to change the system’s appearance if they are not so keen on the design.

The video below shows off just some of the design concepts and features available with MIUI 6.

MIUI 6 also introduces a range of new features, such as the ability to mark unknown numbers, access free Wi-Fi with WiWide, and use a visual menu for voice service calls. The notification system has also been redesigned. Messages, downloads, and calls all appear in a small floating pop-up, which only takes a small amount of space at the top of the screen. It’s rather reminiscent of Paranoid Android’s Hover feature.

MIUI 6 notifications

Furthermore, MIUI 6 and Xioami’s apps are now further integrated with its Mi Cloud service, which, following some privacy concerns, has been change to opt-in as default. Speaking of privacy, Xiaomi has also bundled its OS with new security measures and a built-in virus scanner.

Unfortunately, the update is currently only available to a small group of beta testers, and there aren’t any ROMs available to download yet. However, Xiaomi will be updating its latest phones and tablets to MIUI 6 in the near future.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • shehab attia

    iOS vibes.

  • Amrit Zoad

    Now thats an iOS8 + Android L hybrid.

    • Gon

      Looks better than iOS tbh.

      • BZ

        “tbh” lol, what a troll. Both are the same crap

        • Johnathan Katz

          Let me guess, you’re a Windows dork aren’t you?

          • BZ

            A Windows dork? wth is a windows dork? let me guess you are a retarded aren’t you?

          • Johnathan Katz

            Name one person that uses a Windows Phone seriously, trick question, you can’t.

  • Raft

    I’m feeling the icons. Hopefully someone makes a icon pack out of it.

    • MasterMuffin

      110% sure it’ll happen

  • MasterMuffin

    More iOS than ever, but it does look good. Best of both worlds if you like iOS design. I hope they’ve managed to take the slight stutter and lag away, though judging by the video, scrolling home screens and stuff like that goes on a really low framerate

    • Muhd Ihsan

      review on the internet,especially from early adopter from their forums shows that this OS is silky smooth,even though still in beta

  • The Breaker

    It has that iOS-y feeling coupled with Android customization, which if done right can be a very big success.

    And while this skin looks good, those colours… I don’t like them, they’re to bright… Come on… Orange… I hope it at the least has the option to change skin colours…

    • Raptor

      yep u can customize almost anything and there is 1000 of themes… only problem there theme store is in chinese so ull hve to chck the theme from pics not reviews

      • The Breaker

        I see… Out of curiosity, is there a MIUI ROM for Galaxy Ace, since it’s my only rooted phone o.O

        As for chinese, no problem, i can somewhat guess it’s meaning from little Japanese i know :D

        • there is a miui 4 rom based on ICS :/

        • thartist

          Arrggh, root the others with towelroot!

          • The Breaker

            My other phone is Xperia M2, and since it’s a carrier phone, i’m on strict orders not to mess with it’s OS… :(

  • turdbogls

    there is a lot to like about this, and the stuff you dont like can be taken care of pretty easily.

    but I am really just looking forward to getting some of the apps on my phone…hopefully stuff like weather and music are just installable apps

  • MIUI6


    • darkflyer1983

      only for Mi3 or also for Mi4?

  • pmugghc

    A menu button??

  • MIUI beta

    download the beta version here…

    • Amit_N

      Beta on ThePirateBay ? there could have been some androidhost or d-h.st direct links for beta :|

  • MIUI beta 6
    • Param Patni

      Is that for the Mi3w (Snapdragon edition) of the Mi3 TD (Tegra edition)?

  • Tjaldid
  • Mf Lye

    i don’t even want to touch this with a 7 feet pole

    • Jaromir KM Bracki

      Don’t worry, it is not iOS. You may come, touch and even swipe.

  • Groud Frank

    “Good artist copy. Great artist steal. We’ve always been shameless about
    stealing great ideas.” – Steve Jobs. Forget to fact that Steve is a bit
    of a hypocrite when it comes to these words but I think what Xiaomi has
    done is impressive. People say they are copying iOS but I don’t see
    anything wrong with that as iOS is beautiful looking OS. IMHO, MIUI is
    more flexible, beautiful and powerful than iOS but also more feature
    rich than AOSP/Stock Android. I’ve tried their MIUI V5 Beta ROM for the
    Note 3(SM-N900) and the performance boots is most noticeable. Best of
    all you can customize every corner of the ROM’s UI, even the boot sound
    and the boot animation, with a few clicks inside the theming app.

  • Sal

    Whatever. It may have that iOS look but it yet it is deemed to be more flexible and powerful and tons of customization than what Apple’s iOS can offer.

  • Mahmood Qadri

    Tim Cook to his employees: iOS 9 Confirmed.

  • crutchcorn

    I’ve liked MIUI for a long while and I agree. Very iOS8+AndroidL… But I LOVE that… I loved iOS design philosophy and L’s animations and such. Brilliant work

  • Ben Price

    Do you have ant idea when it is coming out and if it will be avalible in australia