Xiaomi has started rolling out MIUI 9 Global stable update to Redmi Note 4. The company has pushed the update as OTA, however, it may not be available to all Redmi Note 4 users at once. So, it is also available to download manually.
Earlier, Xiaomi officially announced MIUI 9 Global ROM along with a new series of smartphones including Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite in an event on November 2 in India. The company, at the launch event, announced that MIUI 9 Global stable update will start rolling out to first Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 2 and Redmi Note 4 starting November 3.
The MIUI 9 update for the Redmi Note 4 comes as MIUI 18.104.22.168 NCFMIEI and it is 266 MB in size and includes the October security patch. Notably, the update brings many noticeable changes with the MIUI 9 features on Redmi Note 4. You can check out the full changelog below.
MIUI 9 New features
During the announcement, Xiaomi showcased four major features of the MIUI 9 including notifications shades, split screen, icon animation, and smart photo editing tool. The MIUI 9 brings changes in the notifications shade and users will now have many shades of notifications. Moreover, the notifications will also be bundled as per the apps and users will be able to interact with notifications within the shade.
The company has integrated new smart photo editing tools in its photo editing app. The smart photo editing tool will let users edit backgrounds of images easily. There is also this split screen mode that can be implemented by using the existing applications page. Icon animations have been integrated to the new MIUI 9 and 21 animated icons will be part of MIUI 9.
The Chinese company also introduced some features specifically for Indian users such as IRCTC text messages will now be received in a card format and Indian festivals will be included on the Mi Calendar app. Some other highlights of MIUI 9 include a Smart Assistant that will be accessed by swiping up the home screen, a smart app launcher that will suggest apps to launch based on the screen and image search feature which will help users search photos based on the keywords.
MIUI 9 features especially for Indian users
The Chinese firm also introduced some MIUI 9 features that specially crafted for Indian users. It includes IRCTC text messages will be received in a card format, Indian festivals will be included on the Mi Calendar app and an India-exclusive theme with a custom icon set.
Improvements and Optimizations
Apart from bringing new features, Xiaomi has also made improvements and optimizations in the existing features. The new update has improved the silent mode which will now be triggered by the volume button. It also improves the stability for the messaging start page.
Further, it has improved layout and readability for search results in Contacts. It will now turn off Battery saver automatically when charged. Reading mode can now be turned on and off at sunset and sunrise automatically. Cleaner app will remove empty folders better now. It also brings protection from unintentional tapping for dial pad. The update simplified and improved the design of the virus scan result page.
The company also addressed the issues with the new MIUI 9 that have been reported by some Mi users. For instance, it fixes an issue where home screen loaded too slow with Android 7.1 update. Next, some users faced that messages with one-time passwords disappeared and time in messaging didn’t change when the system was switched to 12-hour format, the MIUI 9 brings fixes to that.
Moreover, for the music player, there were issues like music stayed in the notification shade even after exiting the app and sometimes music player stopped working on the lock screen after 10-15 minutes. The update brings fixes to that as well. Apart from that, there was an issue where brightness reached maximum level while viewing photos, it is now fixed too. Also, the fingerprint sensor on Redmi Note 4 works faster now.
The MIUI 9 stable update on Redmi Note is an OTA update and will shortly be pushed out to all devices. Still, those, who have not received the update yet and want to try it at earliest can get the Stable MIUI 9 OTA ZIP file from here to flash the ROM manually.