Xiaomi’s custom Android skin, MIUI gets the latest update. The company officially launched MIUI 12 having a lot of new and improved features.
So let’s see some top feature updates.
New icons, fonts, and animations
The first thing you will notice in the new update is the new set of animated icons. In the MIUI 12, the window expands right out of the app icon and shrink into the icon when you open or close an app. In addition to that, it also shows window launching and closing animations.
You will not see many changes to the status bar icons. The battery icon is updated and much cleaner now. You can choose the battery icon from among four different designs. Two designs also show battery percentage.
Animations in MIUI 12 are not just on the home screen and the control center. You can see this in different menus within Settings. The new animations can be found in the battery capacity and battery usage graphs, storage space indicator, etc.
Navigation gestures get an update with new animation. Now you can see full-screen navigation gestures.
The app drawer is now available in MIUI 12 and you can activate it from Settings. The launcher design is very similar to the POCO Launcher. If you are comfortable with iOS-style horizontal scrolling, then you can continue using the same standard launcher style.
New Control Center
MIUI 12 has a new Control Center looks very similar to the latest version of iOS. The color scheme used in the icons is quite similar to the iOS control center.
You will get floating windows in the new MIUI 12. This is inspired by a desktop and offer the same multi-window experience. Apps that support this feature can be opened in a floating window. This will be visible in a small section of the display with the app preview and can be opened on tap on top of other apps.
Forced dark mode
The forced dark mode is also a new feature in the MIUI 12. This provides an improved Dark Mode to certain apps. This is very similar to the feature on some Realme devices running ColorOS 6.
A few months ago, a cross-platform file-sharing platform was announced by manufacturers like Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo. On Xiaomi devices, this feature is called Mi Share.
With the new update, the app interface gets visually enhanced redesign.
New live wallpapers
The version comes with many new live wallpapers inspired by outer space. You can choose from the Earth or Mars live wallpaper in the setting as the background. At the lockscreen, you will get a closer look at the orbit of the planet.
Xiaomi has added new health features to help you improve your fitness. The built-in step counter automatically tracks your running, cycling, and stair-climbing activities.
There’s a new sleep tracker feature added that records the time and quality of your sleep. In addition to that, you can see the stats inside the app.
There are a lot of improvements in privacy. App permissions accessible to any app is now redesigned. This new permission feature prompts for every time a selected app wants to access the location, camera, microphone. System apps can be set to always accessible mode.
There’s another new feature called Mask System. When any third-party application tries to access your messages or call log, it returns dummy or empty messages by default.
List of devices that get MIUI 12 update
Here’s the list of smartphones confirmed to receive the MIUI 12 update. The first rollout of this update will be started in late June.
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Redmi K30 5G
- Redmi K30
- Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro
- Redmi K20/Mi 9T
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
- Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi CC9
- Xiaomi Mi CC9 Meitu Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 8
- Redmi Note 8 Pro
- Redmi Note 7 Pro
- Redmi Note 7
- Xiaomi Mi CC9e
- Xiaomi Mi Note 3
- Xiaomi Mi Max 3
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition
- Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
- Xiaomi Mi 6X
- Redmi Note 8
- Redmi 8
- Redmi 8A
- Redmi 7
- Redmi 7A
- Redmi 6 Pro
- Redmi 6
- Redmi 6A
- Redmi Note 5
- Redmi S2
No need to worry if your device is not on this list. This just a preliminary list of devices intended for MIUI users in China. Also, note that we have discussed only a few new features. The global availability of MIUI can be expected after a few weeks of the initial rollout. Then the company will release a new list of smartphones that get the new MIUI update.