Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, has promised that further improvements are coming to the company’s Android overlay, MIUI, while he also promised some new features will be thrown in the mix. It seems like Mr. Jun shared this info via Weibo (Chinese social network), after having a meeting with the head of MIUI.
Xiaomi received quite a bit of feedback from users in China regarding MIUI, and most of them complained about ads that are present in MIUI. That is an issue that users who use international models of Xiaomi’s smartphones don’t have to deal with, but Mr. Jun did promise improvements for Chinese users as well, as it seems like ads will become way less intrusive.
Users have expressed negativity towards ads in MIUI way back when they were launched, but Xiaomi did promise that those ads will be unintrusive, and even though they’re not a huge problem, it seems like consumers are requesting further improvements in that regard.
That’s not all, though, Mr. Jun also promised improvements for QQ call recording, a local recycle bin, a “magnifying glass” feature, and an ultra-low-power mode in which only calls and SMS work. QQ call recording is probably something international users are not interested either, but you may be interested in the recycle bin option which is seemingly a focus of Xiaomi’s MIUI team now. The ultra-low-power mode is also interesting, and it can come in handy in a pinch.
MIUI has come a long way
Xiaomi’s MIUI Android overlay is actually quite compelling these days, especially since version 10 landed last year. That was not always the case, but MIUI did evolve, and it actually both looks and works great now. Many users think that Xiaomi handled the design of MIUI great in version 10, together with the notification shade, multitasking (overlay) menu, and so on. Xiaomi’s overlay menu is much more functional than the one in stock Android 9 Pie, as it shows way more cards, though that’s all a personal preference.
In one of the latest updates for MIUI 10, Xiaomi also added a system-wide dark mode. That feature will be coming to a ton of Xiaomi smartphone, while it landed on the Xiaomi Mi 9 first. It seems like many more features are on the way, though.
Xiaomi is already working hard on the next version of MIUI, version 11. If a recent report is to be believed, Xiaomi will update its icons and animations in MIUI 11, as the company is looking to make MIUI look more consistent through and through. The company will also make some changes to the status bar, it seems, while the clock will be moved to the right. It seems like users will also be able to instruct MIUI 11 to automatically delete screenshots once they’re shared, while persistent notification management will also see some changes. We still do not know when will MIUI 11 become available, but it is expected to arrive later this year. For comparison's sake, MIUI 10 arrived back in May last year.