Xiaomi unveiled MUI 6 user interface today, we’ve already covered that. Even though this new version is not available for download just yet, it might be soon considering Xiaomi chose 100 beta testers to take the UI for a spin before they release it to the general public. This article will provide some additional information, provided by GizChina, along with a bunch of .gif images which will show you how certain things operate within Xiaomi’s UI. China-based giant revamped the whole UI, along with the functionality changes they’ve completely changed its looks and they tried to emphasize that throughout the whole announcement on the MIUI’s official webpage.
Basic launcher functions
Animations everywhere basically sums this up. Every action you perform in MIUI 6 will provide action accompanied by an animation. As you can see in the animated .gif images (click to activate) below where removing / uninstalling icons is portrayed along with opening additional options, page transitions and accessing folders.
Lock screen notifications and notification bar
Notifications’ design and feel has been altered by Xiaomi, just like everything else throughout the UI. When you receive a call, message or have triggered downloads a black bar will appear at the top of the screen, like it did thus far. That bar has been redesigned as well and it is somewhat bigger now. Xiaomi also added a new notification shortcut to the lock screen. You’ll notice a simple circled number which indicates how many pending notifications are there, pressing that will will open them up for you (portrayed below). Another neat feature has been added, if someone’s calling you while you’re using your camera a small part of the screen will be taken in order to notify you someone’s trying to reach you but the phone won’t exit from your camera app. Multitasking options are always welcomed.
We’ve mentioned in the announcement article that the Phone app is able to identify, mark or block calls. This feature will filter calls through MIUI servers. Xiaomi says they have over 60 million phone numbers in their database from various services and business. When someone calls you the app will let you know who’s calling even if that number isn’t saved in your contacts, assuming the number is a part of their database of course. Though we’ve seen something similar to this being brought by Google through their Google Now service.
Majority of applications have been given a different look, some of them have also been updated with various features and of course Xiaomi added some new, never seen before apps, in this new iteration of MIUI. One of those apps is MIUI Life which helps you find interesting content nearby, like food for example. Yellow Pages is yet another example, this app is also built-in and it is essentially a phonebook, it helps you find phone numbers quickly. According to the report both of these apps are limited to China at the moment, this might change as soon as Xiaomi launches phones containing MIUI 6 outside of China.
There are a bunch of these in MIUI 6. That number rose to over 5000 according to Xiaomi. So if you don’t this new, flat look, you can always choose to download and use something else that will fit your style more.