As is the case with many other China-based smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi pre-installs their own Android-based OS on their devices. That OS is called MIUI, and the latest version is MIUI 8. Xiaomi had introduced MIUI 8 OS earlier this year, and the company had started rolling out this variant of the OS to specific Xiaomi-branded devices a couple of days ago. Additional devices will get the update really soon, and with that update, they'll get a rather different UI to play around with.
As some of you might know, Xiaomi had re-designed the UI in MIUI 8, while they've also added a number of new features to the OS. MIUI 8 looks significantly cleaner than MIUI 7, while the company had also added a proper audio control center, the notification panel has been much improved in this version of the OS, etc. There are really tons of improvements here, and if you'd like to know more about it, click here. That being said, we're here to compare MIUI 7 and MIUI 8 in the visual sense, and actually show you how different MIUI 8 is. If you take a look at the gallery down below, you'll get to see quite a few images showing parts of the UI in MUI 7 (right) and MIUI 8 (left) side-by-side. As you'll notice, MIUI 8 is quite a bit cleaner than MIUI 7, Xiaomi had altered the colors throughout the UI, and they're not as flashy as they used to be. The settings menu now longer includes colored icons, they're gray now basically, while the dialer looks much cleaner thanks to a slight re-design, and the addition of some color up top. The weather app also looks cleaner now, more subtle, which is something many people will appreciate.
Now, if you take a look at the comparison between the notification panels, you'll notice that the one in MIUI 8 actually resembles stock Android more than the one that was implemented in MIUI 7, it's still not that similar to stock Android though, but it's certainly closer than it was in terms of the design. There are a couple of additional comparison images down in the gallery, just in case you'd like to check them out. It's also worth mentioning that Xiaomi is currently rolling out both the Chinese and global variants of MIUI 8 to Redmi 1S, Mi 2/2S, Mi 4i, Redmi Note 3G and Redmi Note 4G. A number of additional devices will get the update soon as well, stay tuned.