Xiaomi has officially announced the HyperOS (AKA ThePaper OS/Pengpai) operating system, which seems a very ambitious release for the phone maker. So, let’s know what Xiaomi HyperOS actually is and what’s its development story.
What is HyperOS?
HyperOS is Xiaomi’s all-in-one cross-device multi-platform seamless data-synchronization operating system. It is designed to work around Xiaomi’s entire device ecosystem including smartphones, cars, third-party electronics, and smart home devices.
Evolution from MIUI:
Founder and CEO, Lei Jun shared some details about the development of HyperOS and how it evolved from MIUI. Lei started the story of HyperOS by recalling MIUI’s first launch on August 16, 2010. Back then, Xiaomi only hosted a few engineers and a software developer team of 4000 to 5,000 people. Now, the company has over 1.1 billion commutative users globally.
He also said that the MIUI has evolved a lot since its first launch ranging from basic functionalities to cross-device smart connection. However, he then jumped on the pursuit to find and deliver more to the users.
Eventually, Xiaomi came up with the idea of an all-in-one software that could work on smartphones and smart IoT devices in a vast range of categories. But, Xiaomi also operates a car software business and smart home electronics. Therefore, the software was designed while keeping all of these aspects in sight.
Drawing lines with the Era of the Internet, Xiaomi finally found its way toward HyperOS. Connecting the dots from smartphones, consumer electronics, third-party devices, and more.
Xiaomi has been wondering about a new system for a long time. With the upstream in its IoT business in 2014, the company started opportunities for a new and constructive software ecosystem.
In 2017, Xiaomi finally began the research and development for a new operating system to support all of its ecosystem requirements. According to the company, HyperOS has a deep involvement of Android in its core + integration of its self-developed Vela system.
Xiaomi Vela is an IoT software platform based on the built-in NuttX open-source operating system and has three main components/layers – NuttX kernel, Developer tools, and Vela Application Framework.
Lei Jun said that Xiaomi has completely rewritten the basic architecture of HyperOS and prepared the software for mass public use on different devices. If it’s true, then Xiaomi could get better performance and a faster user experience for the customers.
Since HyperOS brings Android integration, you can expect it to run all of the MIUI applications from the start. However, there’s no official confirmation of a native or separate app package at the moment.