What we must in no way forget is that the brand became known in a large part of the western scene thanks to MIUI, its operating system. The customization layer, which will soon hit version number 14, has long been a fork of CyanogenMod that could be installed as an aftermarket ROM.
The thirteen most common reasons why people dislike MIUI
Xiaomi has been much more than a mobile phone maker for a long time. Let’s not forget their experiences in other fields, such as oil-free deep fryers; even something as crazy as a water pistol now has the Chinese signature. What we must in no way forget is that the brand became known in a large part of the western scene thanks to MIUI, its operating system.
The customization layer, which will soon hit version number 14, has long been a fork of CyanogenMod that could be installed as an aftermarket ROM. These files could be found on forums like XDA -Developers.
In fact, it’s been there a long time. It’s been so long, in fact, that MIUI has become just another layer of customization. We talk about it like we talk about Samsung ‘s One UI and, like all the others, it has advantages and disadvantages. It looks more like the latter than the former, as users don’t seem to like MIUI.
And users don’t like MIUI why?
An extensive thread was posted on Reddit , where a user asked this question: why is the Android community not very fond of MIUI? It didn’t take long for answers to arrive, most complaining about several commonalities. Condensed here are the most popular answers:
- Generally, MIUI has a lot of bugs. For example, notifications arrive late in some apps due to MIUI ‘s battery saving measures ; gesture navigation doesn’t work well at all; and the cameras in apps like Instagram or TikTok don’t work well due to MIUI rendering issues.
- Very slow release of updates and security fixes compared to Google cycles.
- The concern of many users about the stability of the personalization layer is understandable.
- Advertising that is embedded in the system and bloatware that takes up space without ever being used.
- High consumption of RAM, which seems to increase even more with each new update, slowing down the proper functioning of the device.
- MIUI’s visual appearance and its insistence on copying Apple’s is not appreciated among users.
- Their code deviates so far from AOSP that programmers have to write MIUI specific code for their applications to work properly.
- Dark mode is a real disaster, according to users.
- Unstable Bluetooth connections, either with headphones or smart watches.
- It is not possible to disable notifications for a particular application from the Notifications screen .
- If the phone is connected to a WiFi network without Internet, it will not automatically switch to mobile data.
- Fast loading animation does not show actual loading progress.
- The update sometimes “breaks” the operating system.
As you can see, the anti-MIUI voices make this very clear. Some say that many of these issues are unique to the Redmi series, but as a former Xiaomi Mi Note 10 user, I can say that they are all very real on their devices, regardless of series. Xiaomi has a lot to fix about its software if they want to be taken seriously at the top of the list.