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Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone giant, is rumored to be making a significant shift by replacing its long-standing MIUI Android skin with a brand-new interface called MiOS.

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MIUI, which made its debut in August 2010, has been a staple on Xiaomi devices for 13 years, but the company is reportedly ready for a fresh start with MiOS.

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Digital Chat Station, a reputable tipster, shared the news on Weibo, stating that MIUI 14 would be the "last official major version" of MIUI.

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One of the key reasons behind this transition, according to the tipster, is Xiaomi's desire to improve animation effects within its interface.

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While Xiaomi has not officially confirmed its plans for MiOS, speculation has been fueled by the registration of the "mios.cn" domain and the MiOS trademark.

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The key question is whether MiOS will be a full Android-based system like HarmonyOS or just an Android skin like MIUI, OxygenOS, ColorOS, or Funtouch OS. 

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Xiaomi's approach with MiOS could take inspiration from Huawei's HarmonyOS, which is designed to work across various devices beyond just smartphones.

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It's worth noting that Xiaomi has made efforts to reduce or eliminate ads within its MIUI skin in recent years, but some consumers still associate it with advertisements.

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MIUI 14, Xiaomi's latest Android skin, released in December, brought incremental enhancements and boosted performance with the Photon Engine. 

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Despite the transition to MiOS, Xiaomi continues to support older devices running MIUI 13, ensuring they receive security updates.

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Xiaomi's decision to develop MiOS as either a standalone OS or a layered software on Google's Android is poised to be a major milestone in the smartphone industry. 

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As Xiaomi explores new horizons with MiOS, the tech world eagerly awaits further details and an official announcement from the company regarding this transformative shift.