Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has started pushing out the MIUI 9 stable update for its budget device, the Redmi 4. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is part of the second batch of devices that are receiving the MIUI 9 update. The company has revealed that it will be an over-the-air update and will be rolled out in phases to select devices.
The MIUI 9 update for the Redmi 4 comes with version MIUI 18.104.22.168.NAMMIEI and it is 257MB in size and includes the October security patch. Notably, the update brings many noticeable changes with the MIUI 9 features on the Xiaomi Redmi 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 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.