MIUI: Xiaomi builds its success on a solid platform

MIUI: Xiaomi builds its success on a solid platform

Staff Reporter


When Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi launched its Mi Pad tablet on May 15, the tablet version of its MIUI user interface prompted talk that it could present a viable alternative to Android, according to the Chinese-language magazine Business Value.

The number of global MIUI users has now exceeded 50 million and the user interface has been dubbed by fans the “soul of Xiaomi.” Market observers say MIUI possesses the same core competitiveness that Xiaomi has on its phones. Developed based on the Android ROM and released before the first generation of Xiaomi phones, MIUI has played a critical role in Xiaomi’s remarkable success as it has attracted the earliest seeded users for the company.

A team of over 400 members is responsible for the interface’s development and maintenance.

Although Xiaomi is still not comparable with Apple, its MIUI has demonstrated its potential to compete with the American tech giant. Based on MIUI, Xiaomi has built its own app store, theme store, games center, browser, video center and cloud service. The theme store alone earns millions of yuan a month for Xiaomi.

In addition, Xiaomi has rolled out its virtual currency that can be used to add value to games, or for buying digital books. But the gaming business has contributed the largest revenue.

In February, Xiaomi announced the establishment of a subsidiary that will integrate several business areas, including a games and video center and MiTalk Messenger, which Hong Feng, Xiaomi co-founder and head of the MIUI business, said is aimed at accelerating development in the sector.

There are other minor but important services provided by MIUI, such as helping filter unknown numbers while making phone calls.

In April, Xiaomi released the Xiaomi System, a product that is a hybrid of MIUI ROM and the Xiaomi desktop app.

Hong claims that 6 million people used MIUI, indicating that the Xiaomi System has a potential user base of 100 million.


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