Mark your calendars: Xiaomi set to unveil MIUI 9 in China on August 16

Out of all the Android skins out there, Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the more divisive ones out there due to the way it changes how Android typically feels across other devices, among other qualities. Whether that changes with the upcoming MIUI 9 remains to be seen, but Xiaomi looks to unveil the update on August 16 in China.

A post on Xiaomi’s forums confirmed the upcoming announcement, though it did not say what new features MIUI 9 would bring. It did confirm that MIUI’s product manager took to Chinese microblogging site Weibo to give folks a sneak peek of MIUI 9’s aesthetics, as well as lay down the law regarding Android Nougat and MIUI 9.

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Regarding the latter point, a recently-leaked poster showed which Xiaomi devices will get upgraded to Android 7.0 and which will get bumped up to Android 7.1. The forum post made it clear that this list differs from the list of devices that will be upgraded to MIUI 9, though there will inevitably be some crossover.

As for what features we can expect, MIUI 9 is rumored to include split-screen and picture-in-picture modes, the latter of which will be available when Android O launches later this year. We can also expect a slew of performance improvements, bug fixes, and features, but what those look like will have to wait until the official announcement to learn more.