As we know Xiaomi launches two kind of ROM. One is for Chinese Market phone and the other for market outside china or global market. But what is actually the differences MIUI between these two ?
Why there are different MIUI versions?
Xiaomi has expand its business worldwide, so does the MIUI had to follow the path. In the past, Xiaomi user use different local ROM installed in their device, but now the company stated to only have two different ROM. Find out more about it here : :
What are the differences between Chinese and Global version?
They’re basically the same software, the big differences are in the language and some applications including the Google Services that’s not available in the Chinese Version.
Which languages include in Chinese and Global version?
Chinese ROM ships with three languages, traditional and simplified Chinese, and English. The keyboard is Google Pinyin, the Chinese one. Global ROM includes many more languages, all the languages of the countries Xiaomi officially sells products: China, in both traditional and simplified version, English (US), Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, English (UK), Tiéng Viét, Thai and so on. The keyboard is the standard Google one, with also Pinyin available. Keep in mind that in Chinese version, We cannot disabling Pinyin, while in Global version it can be enabling.
What are the the default applications in Chinese and Global version?
Chinese MIUI is preloaded with numerous of Chinese applications, not only Xiaomi ones. Xiaomi specific ones are Games, Mi Credit, Market and even Weather (which works abroad, but uses Chinese servers to give weather informations). Even default applications (Contacts, Mi Cloud…) have features targeted at Chinese market. Global version misses all the Chinese applications, replaced by Google counterpart: Playstore, Reader, Google+, Maps, Voice Search, Google Now, Newstand, Youtube. Even more, Xiaomi apps get a stripped version, removing for example “Directories” from Contacts app. Global version ships also with MiKey app by default, translated.
Are there any UI differences?
In general there are no differences, except the one noted in the application comparison. Still, UI has a couple of minor differences with hardware buttons:
– Long pressing Home button (the central one) on Global, brings Google Now, while in Chinese version brings multitasking controls
– Long pressing Settings button (the left one) on Global brings multitasking controls
This behaviour can be altered anytime in Settings-> Buttons.
So that’s all the differences between the two versions. It seems that there are not too many differences between them, but as stated in the MIUI forum it’s recommended that buyers should purchase Xiaomi phones via official or authorized sales channels so that it will pre-installed with the right MIUI needed. Latest info from Xiaomi forum, mi phone with pre-installed MIUI China will be unable to run MIUI Global ROM.