Xiaomi is reportedly planning a major change for its Android skin MIUI. According to recent rumors, Xiaomi may completely ditch MIUI and replace it with a new operating system possibly called MiOS.
The Potential End of MIUI 15
Renowned Chinese tipster Digital Chat Station has revealed that MIUI 14 was the last iteration of Xiaomi’s Android skin. If true, this means we could see the new MiOS this year instead of MIUI 15.
It’s still unclear if MiOS will be another skin based on Android or a completely new operating system developed by Xiaomi. MiOS is expected to be available across Xiaomi smartphones, wearables, tablets, and even its China-exclusive electric vehicles if it materializes.
However, a report from XiaomiUI claims otherwise. It suggests Xiaomi is still testing MIUI 15 and plans to release it with the upcoming Xiaomi 14 series expected later this year. This indicates the rumors of MIUI’s demise may be premature and Xiaomi will continue with its Android skin for now.
That said, the XiaomiUI report doesn’t dismiss the existence of MiOS entirely and hints at a possible switch in the future. There’s speculation that MiOS could initially be limited to users in China, while MIUI remains the global skin.
This strategy would be similar to how OnePlus handles its smartphone software, using ColorOS for China and OxygenOS elsewhere.
Unclear Future for Now
With conflicting information on Xiaomi transitioning from MIUI to MiOS, the future remains uncertain. It’s best to take these details with skepticism until official confirmation from Xiaomi emerges. We’ll provide updates if any concrete information on MIUI or MiOS becomes available.
The potential software shift represents a major strategic move for Xiaomi. An in-house operating system could give the company more control and differentiation in the Android space. But abandoning MIUI would also be risky for the millions of existing users.
Hopefully Xiaomi’s software plans will become clearer in the coming months.