Engineer Face to Face is the new attempt we start with Xiaomi Technical Committee to uncover the unbeknown backstories behind MIUI system and Xiaomi Product research and development and promote Xiaomi Engineering Culture by interviewing relevant engineers face to face. It’s aiming to draw the distance between Mi fans and our unsung heroes Mi engineers.
Today we will continue to reveal the unknown backstories, facts and secrets by interviewing MIUI engineers Adam Jiang and Boqing Yang. This time it’s all about MIUI current queries raised by Mi fans and the future development plan holding for MIUI next journey.
Without further ado, let’s get started now!
Reason for Differences between China and Global ROM Explained!
Speaking of China ROM, one Mi fan is curious about the reason why Google Apps built in the system on China ROM for only some specific high-end phones. From his point of view, this should be integrated into all models, and would be very useful in order to avoid trouble with Google while using China ROM. This goes back to a few years ago. At first, there were no Google Apps or Google service on China ROM. Later, someone highly suggested to our CEO Leijun that Gmail could not be used in Xiaomi's mobile phone. After that, Google Apps was built into high-end phones. Also there’s one thing that is not obviously neglectable. Google apps occupy a very large space, and the majority of China ROM users generally don't use Google apps. It will be a waste of space for most of them.
All about MIUI UpdatesWhen we talk about MIUI updates, have you ever wondered how many updates a device has on average for its life cycle? Our engineer has the answer for that. If the life cycle is 3 years, then there will probably be 12 updates. Here comes the question: Why not set a timeline for updates? Actually for system-level projects, there are too many uncontrollable factors and unpredictable factors will hinder the progress. So a timeline for MIUI updates will not be in view.
Why is Super Wallpaper only exclusive to high-end phones?
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As we know, super wallpaper is currently exclusive to high-end phones. But some Mi fans raised doubts about why can’t mid-range phones have the option for super wallpaper as it can work well on some Redmi Note 7, 8 even. Well, the truth is that the super wallpaper feature needs high-end phones performance to run it smoothly. A series of animation effects from Always on Display, Lock Screen and Desktop are supported by hardware devices. High-end phones use OLED screens, low-end phones will have LED screens, as such super wallpapers will be suitable for OLED screens. That’s why super wallpaper is exclusive to high-end phones for now.
MIUI Internationalization vs MIUI Translation Team
About the topic of making a true international version instead of a translation, here is one extended concern from our curious Mi fans. What about considering a feature like user choice of favorite preinstalled Apps? Like the ability to choose Mi Phone, contacts and messages from Xiaomi at our own responsibility over the Google ones. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for now.
MIUI Future Development: "MIUI 13"?From current MIUI, we move on to the next. What are all the new features for the next version of MIUI? As secretive as it can be, it’s said to be in progress, and MIUI engineers will optimize to make the animation run more smoothly. That’s a bit unexpecting disclosure, isn’t it? So stay tuned for the next version.
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Apart from that, some Mi fans raised some interesting and inspirational questions (might be a bit bold) related to MIUI future development. Let’s check out!
Not just our Mi fans, Mi Community also prepared four questions to ask our MIUI engineers. Let’s find out what they will have for these official questions!
That’s all for today’s MIUI full disclosure. Anything you want to know about MIUI and Mi products development, and how Mi engineers make it all happen will be revealed here on “Engineer Face to Face”. Next round, we will interview Mi engineers from the Camera division, stay tuned for the next confession time!
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