No phone is complete, without an operating system. There are many operating systems, among which Android is one that is very popular. But stack android is not for everyone. Even though Android comes with many features, it may not have the look or particular feature that the manufacturer is aiming in its devices. So many manufacturers slap a skin over the Android, giving the OS a new look and additional features that the manufacturers require. These skins are called UI and are named differently according to smartphone manufacturers. Some popular examples of UI are OneUI, OxygenOS, MIUI, etc. MIUI from Xiaomi is one of the UI that is very popular, thanks to constant updates and the addition of new features. Recently, Xiaomi has launched its MIUI 12, the successor to MIUI 11, which features major visual redesign revamped dark mode, improved privacy and security tools, new animations, new wallpapers, and much more.
The latest MIUI 12 is claimed to be more focused on privacy and security and is the first mobile operating system that has passed TÜV Rheinland’s “Android System Enhanced Privacy Protection Test.” Xiaomi at the MIUI reveal event also pointed out that MIUI now has 310 million monthly active users.
MIUI is known for packing many features and MIUI 12 is no exception. Let’s breakdown all the new features of MIUI 12 as well as its availability and supported Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO devices eligible to receive the update.
MIUI 12 Availability & Eligible Xiaomi Devices
Starting with the availability, the company says that the latest MIUI 12 will start rolling by the end of June 2020. Meanwhile, it has already started the beta testing program in China on April 27, 2020.
As for the eligibility of the Xiaomi devices, the MIUI 12 will roll out in three batches, and the following are the supported Xiaomi and Redmi phones slotted to receive the latest OS update. However, the list doesn’t include the POCO phones — the POCO F1 and the POCO X2. But, as per sources, these are just the preliminary list currently targeted for MIUI users in China only and the new list for MIUI 12 global rollout should include.
MIUI 12 First batch
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Edition
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Redmi K30
- Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition
- Redmi K20 Pro
- Redmi K20
MIUI 12 Second batch
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
- Xiaomi Mi 8
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
- Redmi Note 8 Pro
- Redmi Note 7, 7 Pro
- Mi CC9, CC9 Pro
MIUI 12 Third batch
- Mi Mix 2
- Xiaomi Mi Note 3
- Xiaomi Mi Max 3
- Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
- Redmi Note 8
- Redmi 6, 6A, 6 Pro
- Redmi 8, 8A
- Redmi 7, 7A
- Redmi Note 5
- Mi CC9e
MIUI 12 Features
Xiaomi in its MIUI 12 has introduced new wallpapers that Xiaomi has named Super Wallpapers. Super Wallpapers are the high-precision animated 3D models of Mars and Earth that are based on available space exploration data from NASA. Users will be able to set these wallpapers on both lock screen and unlocked screen. It also has an additional feature, when the dark mode is turned on, the wallpaper applied by the user also changes to night time.
Sensory Visual Design
There are many of us, who like to see the stats of the phone all the time but those are not available directly and in one convenient place. Now, Xiaomi has solved this with MIUI 12. The company has introduced a feature called “Sensory Visual Design” that allows users to see the system information. Whenever the user visits the setting page or checks the storage availability, UI presents the system information as well in the form of graphs and visual diagrams, making the info easier to understand and consume.
MIUI 12 has many visual redesign and animations of the phone has also seen some changes, For one, the latest MIUI will bring realistic weather animations and show real-time weather changes displayed in the form of a time-lapse movie on your screen.
Not only that animation of the app icons has also gone through some changes. App icons now generate real-time gestures based on user gestures. App icons will react differently when UI notices a change in gesture direction and speed. Areas like screen rotation, buttons, charging, opening and closing apps, and more have also got new animations.
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Dark Mode 2.0
Dark mode has become an integral part of the operating system. The new Dark Mode 2.0 of MIUI now brings wallpaper dimming features to its phones. The feature will work according to the time of the day and will dim the wallpaper as daylight changes to night time.
Xiaomi has also tweaked the look of the text displayed when a user switches between light and dark mode. The UI will adjust the weight and boldness of the font automatically, reducing the glare when the dark mode is turned on. UI also adjusts the contrast of the font according to the environment ambiance.
MIUI 12 also comes with new gestures that will solve an age-old problem. Users will be able to swipe down on a notification to interact with it without having to abandon what you are doing. You can also slide out the notification panel to expand it into a small window, which you can drag to the side for a split-screen effect.
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MIUI 12 except visual redesign is also focused on bringing enhanced privacy features to Xiaomi phones. Users can now choose to grant permissions to apps only once or only while you’re using them.
After using the app, permissions given to the app will be revoked. UI also will not provide the “Always Allow” option to those apps that don’t clarify the use of permissions on the user’s phones.
Now, tracking of app behavior is also possible with MIUI 12. Users will be able to view a record of how an app behaves on your phone. The information collected by the app, other apps used by it, and much more information will be provided in one Place. UI will also remind the user by displaying on the top of the screen, whenever apps use sensitive permissions like the user’s location.
Xiaomi has also introduced a new feature in the MIUI 12 named “Mask System.”This feature provides blank information and the virtual identity of the user to the rogue apps. This will help protect the user data which includes contact lists, calendars, and call records.
Not only that, but sharing files is also safer in MIUI 12. UI will remove any sensitive or user data like device information from the image files before the user shares it with others.
Gone are the days, when one had to carry different pieces of equipment to do different tasks. Smartphones have become all in one device. It allows us to make calls, messages, capture images, reminds us of our tasks, and many more. Smartphones have become so advanced that it now is also able to track our health and MIUI 12 is bringing the same feature in Xiaomi phones.
Thanks to MIUI 12, users will be able to record health activities like running, walking, cycling, and climbing stairs. Self-developed “AI motion behavior perception algorithm” by Xiaomi record accurate heath data and the user all has to do is keep the phone in his/her pocket.
MIUI 12 will also be your sleep companion. It will bring a sleep tracking feature to the user’s phone and will work by placing the phone on the pillow while sleeping. This feature will allow users to track when the user went to bed, how long you slept, how deep you slept, and whether you had dreams or snored. Allowing users to manage their bedtime and improving sleeping habits.
AI calling is not new, Google introduced this feature called Google’s Call Screening with Pixel 3. A similar feature now comes with MIUI 12. “Xiao AI” Xiaomi’s AI assistant has been in training to answer calls for users since last year. And after half a year of testing, Xiaomi claims, AI has answered 4 million calls for closed beta users. With the AI calling feature, users will be able to customize the language in which they want their calls to be answered. Users will also be able to switch between automatic or manual call answering. No word on this feature rolling out to the users outside of China yet.
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