MIUI 11 is expected to launch on September 24 within the upcoming Mi 9 Pro. Although we are weeks away from the said date, Xiaomi has accidentally rolled out the MIUI 11 update. Devices such as Redmi K20 Pro, Mi Mix 2S, and Mi 6 got a closed beta update version 22.214.171.124. And as it went live for a short duration, the testers were quick to unearth many of aesthetic changes, as well as new and coming features.
Some of these features are alreaady part of the recent MIUI 10 Global Beta. However, they will flow to the big update as well. That said, here’s your peek into the next-generation MIUI 11 features.
MIUI 11: What’s new?
We will be going through the main design aspects and touch upon the features that are likely to make the final cut. Let’s begin with the new logo –
1. MIUI 11 Logo
Right from the new logo, we get a vibrant vibe of MIUI 11. The tagline reads, “Empowering the productive”. Let’s scroll down to the implied features and improvements.
2. Refreshed UI elements
The icons and the overall UI elements get a rounded look. Another nice addition is the option to customize the notch area, a feature which is borrowed from other Android skins like Oxygen OS.
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3. New Animations
There’s nothing to comment as they are apparent to your eyes.
4. App Drawer
Finally, MIUI gets an app drawer, something we believe the fans would appreciate. For a long time, Xiaomi phones traditionally housed the icons on the home screen. This spoiled the whole home screen landscape for some users. Starting MIUI 11, you should be able to access the apps organized alphabetically in a drawer by a simple swipe up. There is a dedicated recent apps panel above the “All Apps” section.
Additionally, the long-press menu on the desktop would include a Share and application cloning option.
5. Dark Mode Scheduling
The Dark Mode on MIUI 11 gets a scheduling option wherein the phone will turn on dark mode automatically based on preset times.
6. AOD Kaleidoscope
The Always-on Display adds Kaleidoscope style designs, live animations, and edge lighting options. From the leaked screenshots, you could see the means to tweak the clock text, color, font, position, etc.
7. Revamped Apps
With the MIUI 11 update, the native apps will also undergo a visual overhaul. Here are some examples –
- File Manager
- Mi Browser
- Calculator (w/ PIP Mode)
Besides these, several other key MIUI apps like Messages, Calendar, Mi Cloud, etc also herald new looks and features.
8. Battery Stats and Ultra Power Saving Mode
The battery stats present a new MilliAmp option to view the usage analysis, which exhibits the data in milliamperes per hour.
Another handy tool would be the new Ultra Power Saving mode. A feature, found in Samsung phones is set to make its way to MIUI 11 on Xiaomi phones. This is crammed within the Mi Security app.
Once activated, you’ll have a black screen with a very few selected apps at your disposal. This should prove a saving grace in squeezing more battery life.
9. Screen Cast
Cast lets you share your phone screen to any external monitor. It is augmented by the Demo feature, which lets you cast documents, photos, videos, games, etc. You can minimize the casting window and use it even while the phone display is off. You can access the Game casting option whilst playing games within the Gamer Turbo.
10. No Ads
MIUI experience general manager @MIUI Xiaofan disclosed the brand-new one-click Ad toggle button. Turning on this manually disables the ads across the board. This is indeed a long-awaited solution to the MIUI ROM which was infamous for its intrusive ads sprawling throughout the interface.
As mentioned in the introduction, many of these features are already under testing in the MIUI 10 beta. You could also hop on to APKMirror to download the freshly uploaded apps. We will be updating the article with more MIUI 11 information as and when they hit our radar. And as for the update, how do you feel about it? Tell us about your MIUI experience down in the comments.
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