Samsung isn’t the only company making a big announcement on 13th August. China’s uprising brand Xiaomi will be having an event of their own which focuses on the software side of things. As shown above, it will be their MIUI 7, their latest iteration of its custom ROM. It has been a year since MIUI 6 was introduced with a clean and flat interface, which looks heavily inspired by iOS 7.
The current MIUI 6 was originally based on Android 4.4 KitKat and most recently it supports Android 5.0 Lollipop on their new Mi 4i smart phone. While it is Lollipop underneath, it doesn’t feature any of the Material Design elements that came as standard on most devices.
Looking at the “7” teaser, Xiaomi might just incorporate some of the flat Material Design appearance this time around and it will be likely based on the current Android 5.1.1. With Android M expected to go live by end of this year, Xiaomi seriously needs to look beyond just Lollipop. In terms of availability, their current flagships like the Mi Note and Mi 4i could be among the first to get it before it trickles down to the rest of its Redmi family.
Will Xiaomi announce a new device? It might be possible but we are not expecting a Mi 5 flagship anytime soon, at least for this quarter.