Xiaomi is launching HyperOS worldwide
During October, Xiaomi revealed a rebranding of its longstanding MIUI Android skin, renaming it as HyperOS. Initially introduced in the Chinese market alongside the Xiaomi 14, the new HyperOS is now prepared for a global launch.
The company has now detailed its strategy for the global rollout of HyperOS. Commencing in the first quarter of 2024, the initial phase will encompass nine devices: Xiaomi 13 Ultra, 13 Pro, 13, 13T Pro, 13T, Redmi Note 12, Redmi Note 12S, Xiaomi Pad 6, and Poco F5.
Xiaomi has stated that the update will be distributed to compatible devices via OTA (over-the-air) updates, but the rollout will occur gradually in phases.
HyperOS, crafted to elevate the functionality of smartphones, households, and even vehicles, introduces more than just a revamped visual interface. It incorporates a faster kernel, touts a lighter system load in contrast to MIUI, and facilitates faster installation.
Nonetheless, it’s important to note that Xiaomi phones with unlocked bootloaders will not receive any HyperOS updates, regardless of whether they are operating on MIUI 14 or have already transitioned to HyperOS. Moreover, unlocking HyperOS devices will be a more challenging process.
Presently, to unlock a Xiaomi smartphone, users must go through the company’s Windows application and endure a one-week waiting period before gaining access to unlock the bootloader. In China, users utilizing HyperOS will not only have to undergo this waiting period but also achieve level 5 status in the Xiaomi community forums. For users located outside China, Xiaomi will release an official announcement outlining the unlocking procedure under this new system.
Furthermore, Xiaomi is introducing an additional restriction: a limit of three device unlocks per year. As of now, this policy applies specifically to China, although there’s a chance Xiaomi could extend it to other regions in the future.
When questioned about these stringent measures, Xiaomi cites security concerns as the primary reason. The company justifies these restrictions as a preventive measure to deter unauthorized access to their smartphones.