MIUI to retire ICS builds and to open code for Jelly Bean builds in 2013


Back in November 2012, PocketDroid reported  the start of the independent MIUI Open Source Project by UK MIUI developers. MIUI Open source had been initiated, in order to develop MIUI stable ports for non-official supported devices. Since, it has been silent. The website still has no content, and asked for, no comment has been given.

“We will open the low-level code.” This line, directly from Xiaomi, means a lot. This is what it was all about. “The open code could eliminate 99% of the issues that occur when porting,” the developers tell. “Then we can easily bring MIUI to any device that has AOKP/CM support.”

This is not the only news from MIUI. They’ve decided to retire MIUI 4.0 (based on ICS) and only devices with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be supported. This in line with decisions CyanogenMod took earlier this year, when they quit supporting CM9 (based on ICS) and aimed fully at CM10 based on Jelly Bean. As an evolvement this results in a larger gap between new devices running ICS that still are being released and devices that are able to receive Jelly Bean, whether custom build or not. The gap is even bigger with devices running Gingerbread, especially considering this is still 50% of all Android devices.

All changes to MIUI are said to take place after the Spring Festival in February 2013.