Xiaomi Mi Watch OTA update brings body energy monitoring and notification changes

The software rollout also includes new breathing exercises
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The Xiaomi Mi Watch may have only been out in China for a couple of months, but another substantial update is being rolled out for the budget smartwatch.

Following on from the OTA update it received for iOS support in December, a new update teased by the company indicates the Apple Watch clone will receive a few new features: tracking for 'body energy' and stress, as well as notification improvements.

Global edition: The Xiaomi Mi Watch full details

The body energy monitoring is the most intriguing aspect from the new update, though we're not completely sure on the details just yet, as we're roughly translating from the teaser Xiaomi posted on Weibo, shown below.

However, we expect it to work in a similar way to Garmin's Body Battery metric, which blends together heart rate variability, figures from stress tracking and overall activity to estimate the energy levels of the user.

In terms of the notification changes, when a new one is received, the watch will now light up and show a preview.

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Of course, while this is exciting news for anybody who owns a Mi Watch in China, we're still awaiting word on when a global version of the device will be launched.

When it does - and we suspect it will happen over the first half of 2020 - it's likely that all these new features will also come with it.

Until then, though, keep an eye out on all the new features slowly arriving to the smartwatch. This one will begin its rollout from 17 January and finish on 22 January.


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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 


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