A little over two months ago, Xiaomi began rolling out its MIUI 7 operating system, filled with new features, tweaks and a new set of themes for its phones. Today, a global rollout of its MIUI 7.1 custom Android ROM has started to arrive for customers who own select devices.
What’s new? Well the update is mostly a selection of bug fixes and optimizations, but there quite a lot of them, ranging from fixing issues with the lockscreen status bar to adding support for the Mi Piston earbuds in the audio settings. Most of the new features have been added to the File Explorer, which now includes private folders, shortcuts to the homescreen and an option to select the default video player. There’s a new data saver function to reduce data/WiFi usage by up to 50 percent and Mi Drop makes an appearance to help manage file transfers between phones.
Xiaomi states that the following devices will be receiving MIUI 7.1 from today: Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, Mi 4i, Redmi Note 4G, Redmi 2 / Prime, Redmi 1S, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note 3G, Mi Pad. A separate version from the Mi 2/2S was also released yesterday.
Customers running the stable branch of MIUI 5, 6 or 7 can update via OTA or through flashing the ROM themselves. You can read the full changelog and grab the necessary files to flash the ROM yourself, if you so desire, at this link.