Back in May, we got a look at some of the aspects of MIUI 8, Xiaomi’s new version of its popular Android skin. This was however only the Chinese version, and today we’ve been treated at a look of what the international market is going to be getting.
The main and most prominent changes are the new colors and themes within stock apps. Xiaomi has incorporated the color changing status bar and animations in other apps across the UI, along with a redesigned notification panel. A consolidated list and a weather panel at the top that changes color and animation according to the weather is present.
MIUI 8 is also smarter. The ‘scrolling screenshot’ feature allows you to take a complete screenshot of an entire webpage. The Quick Ball feature, similar to iOS’s Assistive Touch, puts a circle on the side of the display that houses quick, convenient shortcuts to various functions such as back, app switcher, or shortcuts to apps that you can customize.
You’ll also find support for Dual Apps, which allows you to have a copy of an existing application on your device and easily allows multiple account management.
This is also supported within stock apps and should allow easy switching between different profiles. Depending on your configuration, you can enter these profiles by entering a specific lock screen pattern.
These are just some of the new features for MIUI, and I think that Xiaomi is moving in the right direction.
MIUI 8 will be available on the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi Note, Mi 4i, Mi 4, Mi 3, Mi 2, Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2, and Redmi 1s.
The public beta will be released on July 11 for these devices and the stable version will be released on August 16.
What do you think of this update?