The MIUI custom ROM has pushed the limits of creativity and customizability ever since it was unleashed a few months ago by Chinese developers, seemingly out of nowhere. At times, you can't even recognize that this is actually Android, which, I suppose, is actually a compliment to Android itself. If it didn't resemble the iPhone UI so much at times, I would have probably enjoyed it a lot more, but nevertheless, it's incredible to see what a smart group of talented people can come up with when they put their minds together.

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Following the 4th beta, the team just dropped a new video, showcasing upcoming changes to MIUI in beta #5, shot with professionalism rivaling primetime TV commercials (are you watching this, Notion Ink?). Let's have a look:

The 5th beta, shown above, is slated for December 31st. As always, if you can't read Chinese, the best way to get your hands on a MIUI release for your device is to visit the MIUI-Dev forums and look for download links there. If you can read Chinese, you might as well hit up MIUI.com instead.

Source: MIUI

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  • Darius_bd

    What's the difficulty in understanding the "we dont have the promotional videos ready, but even so we wanted to show you how the adam works" line NI gave, AP?

    Regarding this MIUI interface, it looks ugly to me. Even without the chinese characteres, it has this j-pop look to it.

    • John J

      It won't be for everyone, but it does show off the versatility of Android nicely.

    • Smileyguy

      I am actually quite sad with the stance that many are taking against NI... I think that NI has been doing their best to provide what we want. They have limited resources, and yet they do their best.

      Anyway, MIUI is a testament of what independent developers can do with 'freedom' :) I like the design btw.

    • http://www.wix.com/Gigitsu/Gigitsu/Home GigiAUT

      I have to side with the writer on this one. He was just pointing out that if an independent group of programmers can throw together a video like this, why can't a company like Notion Ink do the same for a product they want to actually SELL!

      I've been trying to watch their videos but they look so amateur and low quality I just close them. I can hardly see what's happening on the display, no narrative apart from the subtitles. They could do better with their "demos". Until recently I had been thinking of buying one when they came out but I change my mind.

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  • quest

    Looks amazing to me..

  • Sasquatch

    This shit is tight...

  • Angel

    this thing is as ugly as iPhone

  • backslash

    An awful cluttered user interface!

  • lutin

    An awesome custom user interface!

  • RockEvo

    Looks like it will be a nice change, don't know if I would want to add all those homescreens but thats just me

  • http://www.timothygault.com Timothy Gault

    Great ROM, went back to CM 6.1 for now. The later MIUI builds were getting kind of buggy, so I decided I would hold off for a while. Love the work they are doing!

  • Daniel Greer

    Looks good. I'm excited to see the amount of innovation and plain old "To hell with it, let's try it and see if it works." going on in the Android community.

  • RJ7855

    Very ugly UI IMO.... but great there is choice for those who like the design.

    PS: I prefer the ugly real use case videos of NI than some polished video. This kind of video doesn´t show me nothing on real life usability.

  • The_Omega_Man

    I like the concept. Would be a nice change of pace and the speed looks quite nice.

  • guest

    it works nice to use the MIUI but use launcher pro or adw over it. it adds all the screen transitions and some of the nice apps they added without giving you the iphone like homescreen.