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Alongside the new Mi 10 Youth Edition smartphone in China, Xiaomi announced its new software skin MIUI 12 recently.
This particular version of the software will eventually be rolled out to most of its other phones too, so that’s what we’re going to be taking a look at today.
With the new MIUI 12, Xiaomi has given a complete overhaul with this new software skin and it’s now said to offer a more refined UI along with enhanced privacy features.
The update will eventually be rolled out to some Xiaomi devices here in India too, so here are exciting features that we’re looking forward to the most:
As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi has made a ton of UI changes, and this time, it looks like Xiaomi has gone for a minimal look.
There are a ton of new animations in MIUI 12 and they look super smooth with no stutter or tearing. There are subtle touches like “real-time background blur” while closing an app and it looks incredible.
The animations on MIUI 12 are so good that it deserves a separate section. Yes, it’s clearly inspired by iOS, but I would say, a job well done at successfully copying each UI transitions with finesse. The moment you unlock the phone, the fade-in animation on MIUI 12 gives a satisfyingly smooth experience. Further, you will experience bounce effects all across the UI and Zoom effect while opening apps. You get satisfying animation when you uncheck a task in the Notes app, uninstall an app, move between apps, and do anything else. Basically, the animations on MIUI 12 takes the user experience a notch higher, and perhaps better than Pixel’s Stock UI. Simply put, MIUI 12 is brewing wth a range of visually-pleasing animations and that completely changes the standing of MIUI among all the Android ROMs out there.
In a bid to make MIUI more like iOS, Xiaomi has separated the Quick Settings panel and notification shade into two different parts. You can access the Quick Settings panel — unironically named Control Center — from the top-right side and notification shade from the top-left side. Many users will hate it and rightfully so, but there is nothing to worry about. You can still go back to the old layout by simply disabling the Control Center from the Settings page. Problem solved. But talking about the design aspect of MIUI 12’s control center, I think it looks pretty good and again, a good job done at copying iOS.
With MIUI 12, Xiaomi has finally done away with its native gesture implementation and incorporated Android 10’s gesture navigation system. You can go back from both the sides, but can’t switch apps by holding the back gesture. Further, you can switch between apps by swiping left and right at the bottom of the screen. Having said that, what I love MIUI is that it adds its own refinements. While the gesture system is almost stock, Xiaomi has added a way to open the app-specific menu from the top part of the screen. It basically means that from the top part, you can swipe right to open a hamburger menu and it won’t trigger the back gesture. How awesome is that? One more reason to love MIUI 12.
Dark Mode 2.0
We all love Dark Mode, don’t we? Well, the MIUI 12 will bring Dark Mode 2.0 with a ton of improvements to the existing Dark Mode.
Xiaomi says it has worked to improve readability and reduce eye strain while using the dark mode. Users will now notice automatic font-weight and contrast adjustments across the board, which sounds super exciting.
The Dark Mode 2.0 also brings the ‘Wallpaper Dimming’ feature to dynamically adjust the color temperature of your wallpaper.
Small Windows For All Apps
Being able to use small screen windows for things like replying to messages, emails, etc, is super convenient.
Well, Xiaomi is now making it accessible for every app on MIUI 12. You can also use this to minimize your game when you’re in, say, the lobby, and check your Instagram feed in the meantime.
Xiaomi is adopting a three-pronged approach to improve privacy in MIUI 12. First off, you have Flare that will keep a track of the behavior of all apps on your phone and present you with a list of apps that may be violating your privacy.
This will come super handy for those who hate keeping a track of things like this all the time.
Next up, there’s Barbed Wire which essentially builds on the privacy improvements in Android 10. MIUI 12 won’t show the option to “always allow” things like location if the app does not specify what it requires the permission for.
Lastly, there’s the Mask System that lets you create and share virtual IDs with apps on their MIUI 12 devices. This should give you more control over what data you want to share with the apps.
MIUI 12 Eligible Devices
According to Xiaomi, MIUI 12 is the testing phase and the stable version is expected to roll out starting June.
These are the first batch of devices expected to get the new UI:
– Mi 10
– Mi 10 Pro
– Mi 10 Youth Edition
– Mi 9 Pro 5G
– Mi 9 Transparent Edition
– Mi 9
– Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition
– Redmi K30 Pro
– Redmi K30 5G
– Redmi K30
– Redmi K20 Pro Premium
– Redmi K20 Pro
– Redmi K20
The second batch of devices (no timeline) are as follows:
– Mi Mix 3
– Mi Mix 2s
– Mi CC9 Pro
– Mi CC9
– Mi CC9 Meitu Edition
– Mi 9 SE
– Mi 8 UD
– Mi 8 Transparent Edition
– Mi 8
– Redmi Note 8 Pro
– Redmi Note 7 Pro
– Redmi Note 7
Lastly, the third batch of the devices are:
– Mi CC9E
– Mi Note 3
– Mi Max 3
– Mi 8 Lite
– Mi 8 SE
– Mi Mix 2
– Mi 6X
– Redmi Note 8
– Redmi 8
– Redmi 8A
– Redmi 7
– Redmi 7A
– Redmi 6 Pro
– Redmi 6
– Redmi 6A
– Redmi Note 5
– Redmi S2
As announced on stage at the event, MIUI 12 closed beta testing is now live. Users who sign up to receive the build will see an OTA notification today itself. Stable MIUI 12 builds will start rolling out to a host of devices from June, i.e 2 months from now.