At the launch event of the Redmi Note 8 series, Xiaomi has also launched MIUI 11 in India, which is the latest version of the brand’s custom ROM. The new MIUI version offers a brand new optimised modern user interface, which is focused on content viewing. Notably, the company has received two Red Dot design awards for the new design and sound effects for MIUI 11. Apart from the new visual changes, the latest MIUI version also brings a host of new features. The newest MIUI version will start rolling out in India starting from October 22nd.
MIUI 11 features
Talking about the key features, MIUI 11 is designed to provide an always-on experience. It improves the existing experience of the Dynamic Clock, which users can place on the always-on lock screen of their devices. There’s also an option to let you add symmetrical patterns to the lock screen, which are inspired by a kaleidoscope. Also, users can place their own custom texts or messages to the lock screen. Apart from the always-on features, MIUI 11 also offers a reimagined notification light, which animates your screen whenever you get a notification.
Moving on to the other features, to improve the whole lock screen experience, Xiaomi has expanded its collaboration with Glance to provide a feature called Wallpaper Carousel. This shows different images whenever your smartphone’s screen wakes up. Also, MIUI 11’s themes app has 100,000 unique wallpapers to choose from. A feature called Dynamic Video Wallpapers allows users to set any video as a wallpaper on the display.
Talking about the other features, MIUI 11 upgrades the File Manager app, which now has a document viewer and the functionality to preview documents at a glance. The Mi Notes app has a new task manager, which lets users view their To-Do list, add new tasks to their list, and synchronise them with the Calendar app. The Calculator app has a new floating interface too.
MIUI 11 comes pre-loaded with a Step Tracker, which you can access by swiping right from the home screen. For women, there’s an option to track menstrual cycles directly from the Calendar app on their phones. There are now Quick Replies onboard, which lets users easily reply to a message or call without leaving any active app, video, or game.
To provide an improved communication experience to its users, Xiaomi has collaborated with the startup Bobble in India to provide a pre-installed keyboard called Mint. This keyboard has support for more than 25 Indic languages, apart from a feature called Translations within Transliteration. Last but not least, Xiaomi has announced new features like natural sound effects, wireless printing, dual image, and Gallery monthly view.
MIUI 11 will be first available to phones like the POCO F1, Redmi K20, Redmi Y3, and Redmi Note 7 Pro between October 22nd and October 31st. In phase two, it will be rolled out to devices like the Redmi 6 models, Redmi Y series, and some Redmi Note models. Phones like the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro will get the new MIUI update in November and December respectively.