In recent weeks, the likely replacement of MIUI has become one of the main news regarding Xiaomi – at first, authoritative insiders announced the abandonment of the old firmware, and yesterday, on the evening of October 16, Xiaomi’s general manager of public relations Wang Hua published a document according to which MIUI will still be abandoned (but warned that he violated the non-disclosure agreement – that is, the news was still not entirely official). Against this background, the profile publication Xiaomiui stated that Xiaomi is replacing MIUI only for China (similar to the same Vivo, which supports OriginOS in the local market and Funtouch OS in the international market). But it seems that this is not the case, and MIUI will end up everywhere.
Xiaomi’s official accounts on various social networks published a message about the abandonment of MIUI in favor of a certain HyperOS, which will debut along with the Xiaomi 14 series of flagship smartphones. There would be nothing new here if it were not for the publication in X (formerly Twitter) in English – usually, when a company makes an announcement exclusively for the Chinese region, it is limited to Chinese social networks. However, this time they used an international platform, the post itself was published in English, and the name was translated from hieroglyphs. That is, apparently, MIUI will be abandoned in all markets, and not just in China – besides, there is no mention anywhere of a refusal exclusively in the Middle Kingdom.
According to the company, it had to leave MIUI behind because today, “Xiaomi not only has smartphones, but also a huge smart ecosystem spanning over 200 categories, and the entire ecosystem of people, cars and homes is about to come full circle. In the era of the Internet of Everything, the complexity and number of operating system branches involved in various devices, as well as the disconnected ecological connections between different systems and protocols, may be greater than many can imagine.”
According to the company, in 2014, when the Internet of Things (IoT) market began to take shape, developers began research analysis of this area. And in 2017, they officially launched development of a “completely new system”, aiming to “unite and support all ecosystem devices and applications using a set of converged system frameworks.” In other words, HyperOS is a universal operating system designed for use in a wide variety of devices that can “talk” to each other. It is based on Android and the “independently developed system” Vela fusion (the name is translated from Chinese).
Huawei followed a similar path a few years earlier, releasing its fork of Android called HarmonyOS.