We’ve talked about MIUI 9 quite a lot lately. It was only last week when Xiaomi officially announced that MIUI 9 would be launched at the end of this month. This new software update would coincide with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 5X, and the update would also be making its way to other Xiaomi devices. The company even confirmed that a couple of their smartphones from 2013, namey the Mi 2 and Mi 2S, were on the roadmap to receive an update to MIUI 9.
A few days later, Xiaomi previewed MIUI 9 on the upcoming Mi 5X and that gave us a look at what we should expect from the new software. We got a look at the new lockscreen shortcut changes, the split screen functionality that we’ve been hearing about for quite some time, and even learned the Mi 6 and Redmi Note 4X would be some of the first devices to receive a beta for the new update. Then right on schedule, Xiaomi officially launched the Mi 5X and MIUI 9 two days ago.
Now that MIUI 9 has been launched, the company has also kept their word and has begun with the alpha and beta testing of the software on the Mi 6 and the Redmi Note 4X. You can download a set of alpha and beta MIUI 9 builds for these devices by following the linked buttons below.
There are some caveats when it comes to these updates that XDA Member feels you should know about. Firstly, these are alpha/beta builds and you should expect to see plenty of bugs if you decide to flash them onto your device. Secondly, these downloadable updates are for the Chinese ROM, so there is some Chinese bloatware that’s installed and there aren’t any Google applications included, but those can be manually installed later.
Lastly, you have the choice to install either the Alpha build or the Beta build of MIUI 9 for these two devices. The alpha builds for both devices will get faster updates pushed out to you, but they could also contain more serious and frequent bugs as well. The beta builds will get slower updates than the alpha builds, but there should be less bugs as they’re trying to squash them in anticipation of the official release.