Alongside the launch of its new selfie centric phone, the Redmi Y2 in India yesterday, Xiaomi also launched its custom user interface dubbed as MIUI 10. This is layered on the top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The new OS upgrade focuses on improved performance, design, sound and AI portraits. Although the update is built on top of Oreo, as per Xiaomi’s track record, the update is expected to be rolled out to older smartphones while maintaining an older version of Android.
Let’s take a look at what new features this OS version offers, the supported devices and update schedule:
The MIUI 10 is a completely revamped version of Xiaomi’s custom skin. The user interface is now more refined and is designed for modern bezel-less display phones. Keeping this in mind, Xiaomi has added full-screen display gestures for switching between apps smoothly. For instance, users can swipe from bottom to go to the home screen, swipe from the edges to go back to the previous screen or swipe from the bottom and hold to open the Recents apps menu.
The recent apps menu has been updated as well. It is now inspired by the MIUI Notes app and stacks all the apps on one screen. While the current standard in Recents offers a horizontal view, it is now switched to vertical list which is optimized for 18:9 aspect ratio displays.
Xiaomi has also re-designed the notification panel to look good on full screen devices. The company claims that they have restructured UI elements and removed visual clutter to make space for more buttons and features. Weather and Calendar apps have been updated too.
— Mi (@xiaomi) June 8, 2018
Another interesting part of the update is in terms of sound. MIUI 10 includes different kinds of sounds inspired by nature for notifications. There is a water droplet sound for notifications. Ambient noises include sounds of beaches, forests, and drizzles built in the timer app. So if you need to feel relaxed or meditate you can just set the timer and listen to those beautiful sounds.
AI driven Portraits is another highlight of MIUI 10. The portrait mode in camera adds a beautiful bokeh effect to the picture. This feature is highly useful on devices with single rear camera instead of dual camera phones. The feature uses AI based algorithms that identifies foreground and blurs out the background.
Users in India will get additional features like the Mi Music, Mi Video and an updated browser app. The company has also introduced payments integration for Paytm in the camera app. This means that the camera doubles up as Paytm QR code scanner which lets users to make cashless transactions.
Last but not least is the updated messaging app. There is a quick menu tab to help users find information about the business or service with one tap. It currently supports up to 100 services.
Availability & Compatible Devices
When can you install it? Is your device eligible for MIUI 10 update?
As far as the availability of MIUI 10 goes, the beta version of the update will likely be pushed in mid-june. The list of compatible devices include
- Mi MIX 2
- Mi 6
- Mi 5s Plus
- Mi 5S
- Mi 5
- Mi 4
- Mi 3
- Mi Note 2
- Mi Max 2
- Mi Max
- Redmi Note 5 (India variant)
- Redmi Note 5A
- Redmi Note 5A Prime
- Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X
- Redmi Note 4 (TW)
- Redmi Note 3
- Redmi Y2
- Redmi Y1
- Redmi Y1 Lite.
Following the Beta rollout, most phones from the company’s lineup should be updated to the latest version, unless you are on a phone that is really old. So, if you have purchased a Xiaomi smartphone in the last two years, rest assured that your device will be updated.