Much like how Huawei developed its own HarmonyOS as an Android substitute, Xiaomi is about to pull a similar move to bolster its ecosystem — especially with its electric car due to arrive in the first of half next year. Dubbed "HyperOS," this MIUI replacement will apparently be a blend of Android and Xiaomi's very own "Vela" system, hence a "completely rewritten underlying architecture" that would supposedly allow users, vehicles and smart home — of over 200 product categories — to connect with one another seamlessly. It's safe to assume that Xiaomi's electric car will also feature HyperOS, thus going head to head with Huawei's Aito line of EVs.
In a Weibo post, CEO Lei Jun said development on HyperOS dates back to 2017, with a mission to build "a unified, integrated system framework that supports the entire ecosystem of devices and applications." The exec added that this new platform will debut on the upcoming Xiaomi 14 series smartphones, which have apparently entered production. The company has since confirmed on Weibo that the phones will be unveiled later this month, featuring Leica's Summilux optics plus a brand new image sensor.
Separately, when asked on X whether HyperOS will be heading to Xiaomi's international line of products, Lei only responded with "stay tuned." And so we shall.
— Lei Jun (@leijun) October 17, 2023
Update, October 19 2023, 1:53AM ET: This story has been updated with Xiaomi's confirmation on the launch window of the upcoming Xiaomi 14 series smartphones.