The new kernel update inclusion is starting to be announced by almost every major phone manufacturing company out there, so it is not entirely surprising that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be released for Xiaomi’s smartphones soon, under the disguise of a new update for the MIUI 7.
The Xiaomi Mi3, Mi4, and Mi Note will be the first to benefit from this update, with tests on the compatibility between the software and the phones reaching their final stage. Further information in regards to their decision to focus on a wider range of phones, in regards to their launch date, instead of aiming only at their newer phones have not been disclosed up to this point.
The company was heavily criticized for using the Android KitKat for the MIUI 7 instead of its newer version, the Lollipop. The reason why this was criticized is the fact that the newer version has increased performance and app compatibility, basically being better than its previous installment on almost all levels.
The decision of excluding the Redmi 2 and Redmi Note 2 from the first batch of Marshmallow upgrades may leave some consumers disappointed in Xiaomi. Why the Mi3 was chosen instead of the latter two, even if it is an older smartphone, with almost 3 years under its belt, is a choice still heavily discussed by many.
The updated MIUI will have the size of 512 MB, a detail that will urge people to upgrade their phones using a wi-fi connection due to its size. Besides having an increase in performance, the update will still benefit from MIUI 7 advantages. The increased battery life of over 10% and 50% response speeds will remain for the new version, as well as the possibility of viewing and using XXL-sized text, Showtime, and the Child mode.
In regards to their latest phone benefiting from this upgrade, the Xiaomi Mi4 is a rather nice piece of technology to say the least. Even if it originally ran on the base Android KitKat, the smartphone was upgraded to MIUI 7 back in October of this year. It has a 5-inch touchscreen backed by a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM.
Its 4k resolution camera has built-in features like geo-tagging, touch focus, panorama, face/smile detection and HDR, boosted by its 13-megapixel capabilities. The Sony-manufactured IMX 214 sensor further improves the camera’s performance, making it a viable option for people that like to take a plethora of photos and videos.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 is priced at around $226 and a version based on the Microsoft Windows 10 mobile has also been recently released. This option is made available for those that want to try their hands on something else rather than sticking to Android-based phones time and time again.
Unfortunately, the news that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be released for Xiaomi’s smartphones soon does not come with an official release date or specific performance details. This will probably change as the new MIUI will hit its beta phase and participating consumers will be able to see if this update will make Xiaomi’s range of smartphones enticing or not. Fans of the company need to wait just a little bit more, further details being likely to surface in the next few days.