Xiaomi Mi 8, the 8th anniversary flagship smartphone from the Chinese company, is now official. The smartphone has been launched alongside Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition at company’s annual product launch event in Shenzhen. While the three smartphones were major attractions at the event, the company also introduced the next version of its mobile user interface.
Called MIUI 10, the user interface is one of the major design changes to Xiaomi’s UI in recent times. The MIUI 10 is bringing major changes to the visual appearance of user interface, and is designed with full screen experience in mind. At the event, Xiaomi revealed that its MIUI is being used by 190 million users worldwide.
Recent Apps Menu
One of the key changes coming with MIUI 10 is way it handles recent applications. The company is going in favor of card-like interface where the apps lay side-by-side on the screen. This interface enables users to see as many as six recent apps at the same time. Xiaomi says that the interface is designed to give more information to users at a glance, and the cards themselves are interactive. The MIUI 10 users can swipe to delete the app or long press for deeper actions.
AI has become the buzzword in tech industry, and Xiaomi is also integrating the technology into its UI. Xiaomi says MIUI 10 has nearly zero loading times for applications, and the interface has been optimized by studying app usage and anticipating user actions. It also brings single camera bokeh mode to older smartphones like Mi 5 and Mi MIX 2 which have single rear camera.
Smart Home Manager and Driving Mode
MIUI 10 brings smart home manager, a unified interface to control all your smart home devices. Xiaomi says the interface will be supported by 590 brands, and there will be controls for each smart home device. MIUI 10 also brings a new driving mode that relies on voice commands to avoid distraction while driving. This will make it easier to navigate using maps and take phone calls.
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The MIUI 10 developer ROM will be available for over 33 Xiaomi smartphones. The first batch of devices will get the developer preview on June 6. The first set of devices getting the update will include Mi 8, Mi MIX 2S, Mi MIX 2, Mi 6X, Mi 6, Mi 5, Mi Note 2, Mi S2 and Mi Note 5.