17 January 2017
Xiaomi Mi MIX, the smartphone that heralded the coming of a new age of bezel-less phones, has many things going for it. But for all its bezel-free virtues, it came with Android Marshmallow 6.0, which was kind of a let-down for a phone released as late as November to not come with Nougat. Lucky for the happy owners of this device however, there's a new MIUI ROM on its way, and this time it'll be running Android Nougat 7.0.
The Mi MIX will be the second device from the Mi lineup to get the Nougat update, the first one being the popular Mi 5. According to reports, the updated ROM is being alpha-tested, and there's some time before it gets released.
The new MIUI Nougat ROM will add various features from both the Android update and the MIUI update. Some pretty significant changes are in the works for MIUI 9, such as the ability to delete bloatware and system apps. It sounds simple, but handling cases where users can delete core apps such as dialer or settings, and still not have their phones crash, takes quite a bit of working.
The new updated ROM will let you use the phone in two languages at once. There are some 70+ new emoji for you to use. The notifications are smarter and more personalized with the ability to reply from within them.
Android Nougat brings its multi-tasking features to the update, with multi-window mode and quick switching between apps. The Vulcan API is there to enhance 3D performance, whereas the Doze on the Go feature takes care of your battery concern, conserving your battery when the phone is not in use.
There will also be some security enhancements in this update, including the latest security patches, file-based encryption, and direct boot, which will all the phone to boot faster and be more secure during the boot-up process to prevent malicious hackers from hijacking the boot sequence and gaining access to the device.
All in all, it is a pretty major update - something that will take quite some time before it becomes publicly available Over-The-Air. In the meanwhile, you'll just have to make do with the beautiful 6.4 inch bezel-less display your phone has to offer.