HyperOS: Xiaomi’s New Operating System with a Split Personality

And we’re not the only ones saying that. The one you find on your Xiaomi phone is different for the one used for EVs.

Alongside the Xiaomi 14, the company launched an entirely new operating system, replacing the 13-year-old MIUI, called HyperOS. Initially, according to the leaks, the OS was known to be “MiOS” but a possible naming dispute with Apple possibly prevented it from naming it this way. HyperOS is a better name anyway so we’re glad that Xiaomi used this one instead.

The HyperOS found on the Xiaomi 14 turns out to be completely different for those used on their other products such as electric vehicles. You see, HyperOS is not just a replacement for MIUI but also encompasses every other product Xiaomi has to offer that requires an operating system, so it’s more unified and streamlines the company’s ecosystem so they are easier to manage and work with. MIUI isn’t really designed for multiple appliances or AIoT products in mind.

Left: HyperOS, Right: MIUI

The HyperOS used for smartphones and tablets are based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) so this one really just builds on what MIUI already encompassed. According to early screenshots, there is barely any difference between the two and this one even more closely mimics iOS to the point that it’s nearly indistinguishable.

Thanks to HyperOS being based on the AOSP, Xiaomi can independently decide which devices to update first. For instance, HyperOS 1 on the Xiaomi 14 will be based on Android 14 while the one available for their tablets is based on Android 13.

Not just that, HyperOS on Android is also lighter, consuming merely short of 9GB (in addition to the additional storage that Android uses). We’re also hoping to see performance changes and bug management as low-powered devices often suffered with MIUI because it heavily uses resources. With that said, HyperOS is aimed to improve hardware performance overall, theoretically boosting efficiency and optimization. Also, unlike stock Android and MIUI, Xiaomi claims that HyperOS has lower power consumption especially while gaming.

Meanwhile, those used for their AIoT and EVs is based on the open-source Xiaomi Vela platform which, in turn, is based on RTOS and NuttX.

As for the global rollout, expect the OS and the Xiaomi 14 series to be released sometime in early 2024. The company is yet to specify which products will have it first on a global release.

Source: GizChina