It was back in September of last year that the folks at Xiaomi introduced the (now sold out) Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone. During the event, they managed to throw everyone for a curve ball when they introduced their new 47-inch smart TV in lieu of a tablet. In an age where just about every Android OEM makes a tablet, it was a bit puzzling to find them glossing over the bigger form factor, especially given their custom Android UI (also known as MIUI) wasn’t well suited for tablets.
Today, it looks like they’re finally covering their bases (at least somewhat) after introducing an all new version of MIUI fully optimized for tablets. This new version MIUI features new apps, animations, and UI elements — all built from the ground up to take advantage of the the extra screen real estate on tablets. While this still leaves out official Xiaomi-made tablet hardware, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun mentions in his blog that OEMs now have the option to ship their own hardware with MIUI pre-loaded, a first for the custom ROM.
The ROM is currently in open beta where it can be downloaded and installed on the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi-only). Anyone thinking about giving this a spin?