One of the advantages of having rooted our Android, and by extension the fact of using this operating system, is the possibility of installing ROMs. Versions created by home developers who offer us new features and in many cases they bring us the official update before the manufacturers and operators.
In this world there are many projects, but one of the most interesting is MIUI. Originally developed by a few Chinese programmers it was gaining popularity thanks to its performance and elaborated interface that has made users around the world to contribute to its growth. Xataka Android wanted to make a complete analysis of this ROM and show you how to install it.
MIUI, a launcher and slightly different interface
As we have already said one of the main virtues of MIUI is its interface. The main difference on most of the ROMS is here instead of having access to a panel with all the applications we have them all on different screens on the desktop, in the style of iOS.
At our disposal we have a unlimited number of desktops in which place all applications and widgets. The folders are available so you can file them by categories to save space. There are patches to view apps in a list apart but once we become accustomed to the interface is quite comfortable and intuitive.
Widgets are present but the MIUI launcher manages them otherwise. We can not resize, some do not work correctly but are few and ROM offers better alternatives such as energy management. Depending on the version that we lower the widgets that come by default will be different, for example the United States of MIUI ROMs come without MIUI Weather.
As for the icons and interface elements the graphic work is of high quality, a question that always has been criticized in the original interface of Android. There are some changes to this that just do not like for example that the menus are white instead of the traditional black. Personally it seems to me that they are more skilled workers and are more pleasing to the eye.
If we don’t like the interface that comes by default MIUI We can customize the appearance of our Android with topics that we can download from the mobile itself. At the moment we are going to leave this point to retake it at the end and talk in more detail in this ROM customization.
MIUI, performance, performance and applications
Let’s the functioning and performance of MIUI. As always all depends on the terminal that we have but for example in the Google Nexus One, the ROM works perfectly and they are hardly noticeable pulls or problems. Although everything is told from time to time we have error FC and unexpected reboots the terminal than on the official ROM or manufacturer are less common. In any case they are infrequent and the user experience is very nice.
The taskbar, as well as showing us notifications of applications, has a tab where we can manage power control options: WiFi, 3G, GPS… We can also customize some aspects such as show the percentage of battery.
As almost all the MIUI ROMS come with a series of own applications that in some cases they replace the originals of Android as a music player, photo gallery or camera and others add new functions as a tool for making backups, monitor data to control consumption by Wi-Fi and 3 G, a Notepad…
Almost all applications that come they are very useful and are not absurd additives that only it occupy a few megs in the internal memory of your phone. I shall not go into the detail of each but in general they work perfectly. As proof of this in music player MIUI that already Álvaro Cuesta told us in his day.
In terms of autonomy, we are talking about versions of MIUI with Gingerbread, lbattery lasts more or less as in the rest of ROMs and official compilations. Naturally depend on your terminal but don’t expect miracles, this is an issue that goes beyond a compilation in particular.
One of the virtues of MIUI are updates. Since a few weeks ago We may update our Android very easily and without flashing a new ROM or having to reinstall everything. Its creators updated ROM weekly fixing small bugs and introducing new features.
MIUI issues, customize up to the smallest detail
Mentioned earlier that MIUI offers us the possibility of use and install themes that customize the appearance of the operating system. Unlike other ROMs which also feature customization options today none offers as many facilities or as much variety as MIUI.
From its corresponding application we can change the theme, download them from an online database which is updated every so often and most importantly: We can choose each of the elements of each topic to make it more to our liking. For example can take one taskbar, screen unlock, download a font that does not have the subject… the possibilities are endless.
How to install MIUI
To enjoy MIUI at our terminal, as well as have it rooted previously, we have that make sure that the ROM is compatible with this. On different pages that you can find the MIUI ROM usually come a tab with the smartphones that are compatible.
Once we have seen that it is compatible you can install it from the bootloader or by using applications such as ROM Manager. Personally I recommend the second option because in addition allows you to download MIUI from the application and we don’t have to download it from your PC and then pass it to the mobile.
If you are curious to try ROMs and you want to try something different MIUI is a good choice. It is true that the interface and the launcher differ slightly from the original version but we are fast with their performance. Due to its versatility, the number of options and their appearance care well deserves a chance.
In addition, behind MIUI There are many developers working in the ROM bringing new updates, applications and bringing This version of the operating system to new devices. In addition to Chinese and English community MIUI features Spanish developer community MIUI Spain.
The future of MIUI
The future of MIUI, in addition to system updates, passes by Xiaomi Phone, a phone that you already talked about days ago. The terminal that is already beginning to reach the users comes with pre-installed MIUI and at a very attractive price. Perhaps in a future more manufacturers are encouraged to install this version but for now It seems that the future of MIUI is very bright.