The Xiaomi Marathon conference at the end of March has a very good rhythm, and the emotions and products are gradually improving, from the Android mobile king, the big cup and the super big cup flagship of Android Light, to the "liquid lens" and "self-researched surging." The black technology of "C1", and finally the news that Xiaomi built a car, let Xiaomi gradually get rid of the "low-end" label, and put on "high-end" clothing for the brand.
After the press conference, the latest data released by the research organization Counterpoint in early April showed that in February 2020, the global market share of Xiaomi mobile phones rose to 13%, surpassing OPPO, vivo, and Huawei to become China's largest mobile phone manufacturer. Seeing this news, there was a sigh in my heart that "Xiaomi finally became."
In addition, after the announcement of this news, Xiaomi's pace has not stopped this year, and the release of a full range of new products is still proceeding in a rhythmic manner. TVs, laptops, smart homes, etc. have won unanimous praise from the market and consumers.
However, MIUI is not included in these "good reviews".
MIUI caught in a storm of public opinion
Whether in the comments on Lei Jun's Weibo or in the MIUI forum, fans are "blaming", pointing at the adaptation speed of MIUI 12.5 and the stability of MIUI 12 at this stage.
According to MIUI's plan, the first batch of the MIUI 12.5 stable version will be at the end of April, including Mi 11, Mi 10 series (excluding Mi 10S) and Mi 9 SE. The second batch, that is, most of the models on sale, will be released in full at the end of May.
Looking back, MIUI 12.5 was released together with Xiaomi Mi 11 on December 28, 2020. It is hailed as the strongest DLC of MIUI 12 and the complete body of MIUI 12. There have been more in-depth optimizations and adjustments in the privacy function. During the entire press conference, the light even eclipsed the "Flagship of the Year" Xiaomi 11. It is not an exaggeration to call MIUI 12.5 MIUI 13.
In the past, it took about 2 to 3 months from the release of the new MIUI version to the final adaptation. When it comes to MIUI 12.5, the "front" has stretched to four months, and the large-scale push is even more important. It was five months long, and even though there was a Spring Festival holiday in this period, the adaptation time was still too long. After the adaptation is completed, according to the past rhythm, it is almost time to release MIUI 13.
▲ "Insect Catching Conference" in the Mi 11 section. Picture from: Xiaomi Community
The long adaptation time is just a small factor, which has caused widespread "condemnation" from the user community. The most important thing is the poor stability of the current version of MIUI 12, and various bugs emerge in an endless stream, especially in the Xiaomi 11 and Redmi K40 series. On the new models of, the forum has almost become a "tucao" and "bug-catching" conference.
If it is said that the poor stability of MIUI 12 is "accumulating power", then the Android Mi 11 Pro released at the end of March, the Android Light Mi 11 Ultra comes with MIUI 12 pre-installed at the factory, and it did not appear in the first batch. Updating the MIUI 12.5 stable version list is like a "fuse".
In fact, there is not one such fuse, there are many others. After activation of the Xiaomi mobile phone series and Redmi series that support high refresh rates, the 120Hz high refresh is not turned on by default (there is no improvement in the MIUI 12.5 stable version). And, the negative one-screen card blur effect, the default state is also closed, etc., there are many "hidden" "switches".
These "fuses" about MIUI plus the various dissatisfaction of previous users, combined with the videos related to the UP main "Kiyushuo Technology" of the B station, broke out a "storm of public opinion" on various issues of MIUI.
MIUI official: repaired, repaired
In response to this, the MIUI team responded quickly. On the evening of April 8th, several MIUI leaders answered some user questions in the Xiaomi community. At the same time, these Q&As will be sorted out and announced the next day.
A few simple excerpts:
- The instability of MIUI 12 was discovered in May 2020. The main reason is that the update of the major version of MIUI overlaps the update of the Android 11 version, which increases the workload.
- Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra are not equipped with MIUI 12.5 and have to wait until the second batch, because they are prepared in advance, so the stable version of MIUI 12 will be pre-installed. The MIUI new version of the adaptation model is to comprehensively consider the adaptation of various departments, rather than the MIUI team's decision.
- The negative one-screen freeze overload is actually to release more resources for system applications.
- MIUI cloud backup WeChat chat history, it will go online in May.
To sum up, the instability of MIUI 12 has been discovered long ago. We have already fixed these problems, and we are fixing them.
The MIUI team’s "open and honest" approach did not end this "storm", but instead allowed more users to find a way to vent. More opinions, complaints and even fierce remarks flooded all executives of Xiaomi. Comment area on Weibo.
Subsequently, MIUI chose "low-key" and did not continue to do deeper Q&A, but continued to collect bugs and requirements from the forum, and polished MIUI 12 and MIUI 12.5.
MIUI 12.5, which was originally planned to be released in full on April 30, was advanced to April 22, and the model was expanded to 7 models, plus the two newly released "new flagships" Xiaomi 11 Pro and Xiaomi 11 Ultra. The second MIUI 12.5 stable version is still tentatively scheduled for the end of May, and most Xiaomi mobile phone models including the Redmi K40 series.
With the official Q&A and the advance release of the stable version of MIUI 12.5, these two waves of operations have temporarily stabilized the situation. However, the "advanced" push of MIUI 12.5 does not seem to solve the "stability" problem, and the Xiaomi community is swiped by the "power consumption" and "heating" problem posts. On Xiaomi Mi 11, there was a suspected emergency withdrawal after the push, and after MIUI 12.5.4, a version of MIUI 12.5.5 was urgently updated to "optimize some problems."
▲ After the release of the MIUI 12.5 stable version, the power consumption balance still needs to be optimized. Picture from: Xiaomi Community
From this point of view, even if the "stable version" is hung up, the MIUI 12.5 that was pushed this time is not stable. Some small bugs and previous problems (negative one-screen overload) still exist, but this move at least makes you wait. Fans for more than 4 months have experienced MIUI 12.5 with new features and new dynamic effects. For MIUI, the storm has come to an end, but the optimization and stability of MIUI 12.5 has a long way to go.
Is version 12.5 a reversal of MIUI?
In the past, Xiaomi often had many different voices in the positioning, price, supply, and design of hardware products, but when it comes to MIUI, it is basically "yes." For MIUI, which started to build a customized Android system for a long time, its characteristics are large, complete and fast update, and it is also the leader of a group of domestic customized Android systems, and has been leading the domestic Android customization system.
But with the progress of other domestic Android custom systems, the gap between them is getting smaller and smaller. In recent years, the well-received ColorOS, the small and beautiful Flyme, and the newly-started OriginOS, the domestic systems are no longer "dominant", they have begun to "contend", and more and more manufacturers are beginning to pay attention to the "software". Experience and start laying out this "track".
▲ High-profile release of vivo of OriginOS.
The competition is fierce and the expectations are high. Xiaomi's ambitions on MIUI 12 are also big, but many functions and effects have not been launched as scheduled. Then encounter the update of the Android 11 version, which left some problems, and MIUI 12.5 is actually "MIUI 12 Completion Plan".
New light-tracking motion effect architecture, more immersive translucent motion blur, new super wallpaper, new notification system sound, more delicate vibration touch, plus system-level management of "privacy" further, and "One MIUI+ collaboration function of "more thing" and so on. Count down, aesthetic experience, privacy features and ecological expansion are all there.
Not only these new features, MIUI 12.5 also "significantly improved" MIUI 12 "stability" and other basic issues. From "discovered in May of last year" to "posted at the end of April", which is close to a one-year solution optimization cycle, MIUI is still slow at this step. In addition, MIUI has always adhered to the practice of coming from the masses to the masses, collecting functional requirements from the community, and then adding them to the new system. It is considered to have promised many new features with lower priority in advance, and the expectations are high, but It may not be so easy to adapt.
With the adaptation of MIUI 12.5, Xiaomi includes Redmi, and the frequency of new phone releases has increased significantly. There are three in the Xiaomi 11 series alone, and three in the Redmi K40 (there will be an "e-sports phone"). "), the pressure on the MIUI development team is huge.
In addition to raising expectations, slow adaptation, and inseparable energy, the new MIUI development version has many versions and the application threshold is too cumbersome. It is difficult for ordinary users to experience MIUI 12.5 in the first time even if they are willing to take risks.
The current Xiaomi community has three different versions for the development version: the development version public beta, the development version internal testing, and the stable version internal testing. The application requirement is that you need a high enough "internal test score", not only to answer questions, but also to have enough activity in the community, and there are official restrictions on the number of open beta and internal test places. In addition, when you apply to become a member of the internal beta, this qualification is bound to your MIUI account. After you log out of your account, the MIUI version number of this device will also be stagnated.
Layers of restrictions, various versions, I will re-use Mi 11 in a few years, and I am preparing to apply for the development version. Entering the Xiaomi community is like entering the e-commerce website during the big promotion period, leaving me at a loss. Under these strict conditions, the purpose of restricting the large-scale installation of the MIUI development version has actually not been achieved. Instead, many "gray products" have been born. Some install packages for the internal beta version are sold, and there are rental accounts for upgrades, and the community Fans also refer to this behavior as "smuggling."
Both the public beta and the internal test use the same set of access rules, and the motivation for applying for and obtaining internal test points is to use MIUI's core active users to test the internal test version of MIUI, so as to work together to better catch bugs and optimize. Only now, this application process is a bit too complicated. It may be necessary to reorganize and optimize the test version and the application process and qualifications.
Even with all kinds of problems, it cannot be denied that MIUI is still one of the best Android customization systems in China.
However, in terms of the stability of MIUI 12 and the adaptation progress of MIUI 12.5, MIUI did not do a good job, and even lived up to the high expectations of users. On the way for Xiaomi to climb to the "high-end", MIUI should have been an important piece of Xiaomi, rather than a role that is a bit "retracting" nowadays.
In the context of increasing competition among domestic mobile phone manufacturers, the level of attention paid to the system software level has only increased, and the opportunities for MIUI to make mistakes are also decreasing. Once the advertisements and pushes added in the MIUI system caused dissatisfaction among many users, Xiaomi quickly introduced a series of rectification measures, adding a one-key shutdown switch, which reversed the user's reputation.
The key to reversing the crisis of MIUI is still "When" and "How", that is, when and how to solve it. From the current point of view, the solution is MIUI 12.5, but it is not good enough.
In addition, in response to the major changes to the bottom layer of Android 11 and the major versions of MIUI 12 and MIUI 12.5, the development team cannot keep up with the development and adaptation progress. The MIUI team may need to sort out the priority of requirements and prescribe the right medicine. For mass users, some cool interfaces and functions that do not affect daily use much, put all their energy on "stability" and power consumption balance, lay a good foundation for daily use of MIUI 12.5, and then focus on Improve some "icing on the cake" special effects.
"The most important thing about MIUI this year is the basic experience, including stability and fluency." MIUI 12.5, which was launched on a small scale at the end of April, may be just a quiz. Although the score is not full, at least it is in the right direction.
The complete "light cone motion effect" makes the animations of Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra more user-friendly, and the smoothness of Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra is significantly improved compared to MIUI 12. As for one screen and heavy load, the situation has improved a lot, heavy load The frequency has been reduced a lot. The standby power consumption is relatively better, and the performance is basically controlled at about 5% per night. Overall, the current MIUI 12.5.5 version has enhanced stability, but I believe MIUI can do better.
After a month of concentrated resource optimization, adjustment and adaptation, in the large-scale push of the "final exam" at the end of May, MIUI 12.5 will give the answer sheet just around the corner.
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