Xiaomi has a tendency to release new phone (or device) firstly in China, the company’s origin. Hence, the phone runs MIUI China build whereas the Global build is not yet available-not until the phone is available globally in many countries. However, there is a chance that the phone has also been available unofficially on several countries outside China. That is possible if the buyer or the reseller got the phone directly from China trough online stores like AliBaba, AliExpress, Banggood, or GearBest.
Usually, if you bought the phone directly from such China-based online stores then you have the phone running Chinese version of MIUI ROM (China Stable build) with no Play Store installed. Otherwise, you might have either a fake phone or original phone with fake MIUI ROM. We have posted several ways to distinguish fake Xiaomi phone from original one. This time, we will share several ways to easily spot unofficial MIUI ROM.
The first symptom is the existence of Google Play Store. MIUI China Stable ROM doesn’t have Play Store and any other Google Apps preinstalled. Therefore, you should have curiosity if you found any GApps like Play Store, Gmail, etc. If you did, there are two possibilities: First, it is an official MIUI ROM but the reseller have installed GApps for you; Second, it is a fake MIUI ROM.
OK, so you have found the symptom and now let’s see the ways how to spot it – and make sure whether your phone runs fake ROM or not.
How to Check If You Have Unofficial MIUI ROM
There are few things you can use them to help you spotting unofficial ROM :
First, official MIUI Stable ROM always has 4 digits number at its version and the Developer ROM always has 3 digits. Having that in mind, launch up Settings and go to About phone section. Note the MIUI version displayed there. Here’s an example of fake ROM:
Official Stable ROM will never have 18.104.22.168.0 when it’s displayed as Stable ROM.
Official Developer ROM will also never have 6.5.30 but never have 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199.
You can check what’s the latest version of MIUI from its official download page. Alternatively, Googling may come in handy for this task.
Secondly, check the whole version code of the MIUI ROM. Every China stable build should have “CN” in the version code. In example above, it has silly combination of the word “Stable” and the version code “MAACNDD.” Stable ROM doesn’t have the CN part in its version code.
Why Should You Care About It?
Personally, we believe that we should know any important things about what we bought. Installing custom ROM on your phone is something different because you knew that you are going to install custom ROM. On top of that, having your phone comes with unofficial ROM may have a risks of unwanted malware since you don’t know what kind of custom ROM it is. Unless you were told by the seller and you agree to buy it.
What do you think? Did you have similar experience? Have you ever checked what kind of and what version your phone’s MIUI ROM is.