During November 2014, Hugo Barra has revealed plans for Mi users to receive MIUI 6 based on Google’s latest Android version, Lollipop, first. A post on MIUI forum has indicated that the beta testing has begun.
From the forum post, users of Mi 2/S/A that meet certain requirements will be able to have a go on the beta ROM soon. Such requirements include users having “English forums credit over 50”, and that they must report any bugs to the forum. Thus, not all applicants will be granted access to the beta ROM. Only 50 people who pass the requirements will be granted access, and they will be selected by 30th January 2015. Those who are keen on trying your hands on this beta may head over to the forum and try your luck!
A speculation made by AndroidAuthority as to why Xiaomi chose to focus the new beta ROM on older devices is because by doing so, any performance issues are more obvious. If Mi 2 is running without any problems on its performance, this means that getting MIUI 6 to work on other devices should be easier.
If you’re wondering what to expect for this Lollipop-based update, you can probably expect new features of MIUI, along with many improvements that come with the latest Lollipop. The new design language, Material Design, will be surrounded by some of the biggest user-facing changes. Although, some skinned Lollipop ROMs doesn’t really use it. This can be seen in LG’s G3.
If what Barra has mentioned is true, Xiaomi is putting in a lot of effort to balance the MIUI skin and the new design language elements, Material Design, in Android 5.0. Thus, we can hope for the best of both worlds in the future!
Source: Android Authority