After various rumors in the last few weeks, it is official: The Xiaomi 14 series is coming onto the market with HyperOS. Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, announced this today. The new operating system is the natural evolution of MIUI. According to a tip, the 14 series will appear in China in exactly 10 days, right after the launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. The global release is expected in the first weeks of 2024.
HyperOS is still based on the Android open source project, just like Huawei’s HarmonyOS. However, there will also be transparent version updates in the future. HyperOS will also be fully integrated with Vela, Xiaomi’s platform for IoT devices such as smart home technology or cars. The first hints of the new platform appeared last week, but still under the name MiOS.
Lei Jun shared an emotional post on Weibo that the operating system will put “people at the center of an ecosystem.” There they could come into contact with other people, cars and houses. His team started with “a few engineers” and is now its own company with almost 5,000 employees.
Since Xiaomi’s first MIUI version was released on August 16, 2010, its user base grew from “100 dreamers” to over 1 billion users. The current version MIUI 14 came onto the market with “only four common functions” and is now a cross-device service for smartphones and household appliances.
Xiaomi HyperOS: development started in 2014
Preparations for Xiaomi HyperOS began in 2014, when the Internet of Things world was just emerging. In 2017, the division launched as a separate company and began developing a new ecosystem for devices and applications. The goal is to connect “tens of billions of devices” in the future, and the first step is the Xiaomi 14 series.
Accordingly, future Xiaomi phones will launch with HyperOS, while older flagships and premium devices will get an OTA update. However, Xiaomi doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to software support for older smartphones.