Xiaomi had introduced the Mi Max phablet in China last month. Alongside the Mi Max, this Chinese smartphone manufacturer also announced the MIUI 8, a new version of their Android-based skin. That being said, the company had announced a press event in India for today, and during the event, they’ve introduced the international variant of the Mi Max phablet, and also the international version of the MIUI 8 OS. We’ve already talked about the Mi Max’s announcement, and are here to take a closer look at the MIUI 8 details, read on.
The MIUI 8 Global ROM was introduced by Hugo Barra today, who also said that 200 million people are using the company’s MIUI ecosystem. In addition to sharing some of the MIUI 8 features, the company has also said that the public beta version of MIUI 8 will be available starting on July 11th through an OTA update, and you’ll be able to find it on the company’s official MIUI Forum site (en.miui.com), as usual. The devices that are eligible for the public beta of MIUI 8 are the Xiaomi 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. That’s not all though, Hugo Barra also said that the company plans to release a stable version of MIUI 8 Global ROM on August 16th.
The MIUI 8 comes with a number of improvements over the MIUI 7. The new version of company’s OS is not only more flat in terms of the design, but it comes with quite a few new features, and some parts of the OS have been re-arranged in order to be more functional. The Mi Cloud Photo Sync is included in MIUI 8, and it will allow you to keep low-res images stored locally, while it will store original images to the cloud. New video editing suite offers a plethora of new options, and a proper volume control center is included here as well. The company had also redesigned the multitasking menu, it’s more functional now, and the OS is now faster than ever before. The split-screen functionality is not yet a part of MIUI 8, but it will be soon, Xiaomi plans to include that option in a future update. If you'd like to read more about MIUI 8, take a look at its original announcement.