Xiaomi appears to have started the development of the MIUI 10, the next-generation of MIUI. This upcoming MIUI iteration is believed to be based on Android Oreo. Given that the MIUI 9 is already available on many devices, it is not surprising to hear that the company is prepping the next iteration of the interface. The MIUI 9 was unveiled in July along with the Mi 5X smartphone so a mid-2018 announcement is possible for the MIUI 10.
As per the information revealed by iMobile app, the Huang Longzhong, the Vice President of the MIUI software division revealed the details of the next-generation MIUI during a live Q&A session conducted by MIUI on Mi Live. During the session, Huang has confirmed that the MIUI 10 referenced as MIUI X will be released by the company later this year. We can expect a Q2 or Q3 launch for this iteration as it goes in line with the usual launch pattern of Xiaomi.
He also interacted with the fans seeking their opinion and feature requests that they like to see in the MIUI 10 or MIUI X. It is common for Xiaomi to add new features requested by users and fans in the new iterations of their interface. So the same might apply to the MIUI 10 as well and it shouldn't be a surprise to see the requested features to be part of it.
Xiaomi has already rolled out the stable MIUI 9 ROM to over 27 devices in the Mi and Redmi lineups. Having said that, it is the right time for the company to move on to the next big thing for this year. The company is yet to push the MIUI 9 update to the third batch of devices and Huang is said to have mentioned that the MIUI developers are gearing up for the same.
In the Q&A session, the Xiaomi VP has hinted that the MIUI 10 will have a greater focus on artificial intelligence. The entire technology industry is moving towards AI as every product that we can think of is getting smart. Qualcomm and Huawei have already started coming up with AI-ready chipsets to power the upcoming smartphones. Also, Huawei EMUI 8.0, the recent update supports AI. Having said that, Xiaomi has also started focusing on AI to keep in pace with the progression of the industry.
MIUI 10 or MIUI X is speculated to include a smart voice assistant similar to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It is believed that the update will bring the voice assistant to the Xiaomi devices making them compete with their rivals from other companies. However, further details regarding the same are unknown for now.