Xiaomi has unveiled their latest ROM, the MIUI 8 alongside the Mi Max in India. The company will be rolling out the public beta of MIUI 8 from July 11 as an OTA update and the official stable version is said to be available from August 16th. There are some interesting features which have been included in the latest UI by Xiaomi and we will be listing out the most interesting features which are worth noticing.
Let us look at the list of Xiaomi devices to receive the MIUI 8 global ROM update – Xiaomi Mi Max, Mi Note, Mi 5, Mi 4, Mi 4i, Mi 3 and Mi 2 along with the Redmi series devices like the Redmi Note 3, Note 2, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2, Note Prime and Redmi 1s. From what Xiaomi has showcased here are the best features which I found are quite useful in day to day life as well.
This is one the best feature introduced in MIUI 8, it is a feature which gives five gesture shortcuts which can be organized based on the users requirement. It is similar to Apple’s Assistive Touch or Toolbox by Samsung which is similar in function by letting you add upto five apps as shortcuts. It can be placed anywhere on the screen and will also appear on the lock screen as well. This helps in launching or accessing apps without going unlocking and going in.
The new gallery app comes with many features inbuilt like, Panoramas will now be displayed horizontally across the screen instead of showing the cropped up version of the image on the screen. Sharing any image is now much easier as you get the sharing options by just sliding up from the image to get the options. Xiaomi has included MiCloud Photo Sync to help keep all the files in their full size on
Xiaomi has included MiCloud Photo Sync to help keep all the files in their full size on the cloud. You can view the high-resolution previews stored on the phone. For Videos, you get Editing option directly in the App where you can trim, add background music, apply filters etc directly without going to other apps.
Users can now create dual accounts for a single phone for social media platforms like WhatsApp which does not allow two accounts from the same number, now you can use two accounts from the same phone taking advantage of the Dual SIM feature. A Very useful feature which will be useful in everyday usage.
It can be called a generalized application of the Dual Apps feature which now allows users to create a second user account like in a Windows PC which has two separate accounts to keep your personal space only to you.
Xiaomi is calling this feature as Scrolling Screenshots, as the name suggests you can now take long screenshots of complete pages which can be edited and cropped directly. This feature is pretty useful to capture screenshots of full pages at a go.
MIUI Caller ID:
This feature is an inbuilt caller ID for your phone without the need for any external apps like Truecaller, we need to see how efficient the database of the numbers is before we can give it a thumbs up.
This is one of the best features if you are someone like me fed up with the promotional messages cluttering your inbox, sorting it out is a daily process. Now with MIUI 8 the SMS app will automatically declutter and organize your messages categorically and will show the logo of the sender as well.
Many action shortcuts have also been integrated which allow users to directly act from the SMS. If you have received a movie ticket or a flight ticket, the message will have an Add to Calender shortcut to directly add it to the calendar. Which makes organizing your work that much easier.
Overall this update is a pretty useful one and many new features have been added compared to the earlier MIUI 7. There are many other features included in new MIUI 8 like calculator, ringtones, Themes etc. The public beta version of the MIUI 8 will be rolled out from July 11th and the stable version of the OS will be rolled out from August 16th as OTA updates.