Xiaomi has officially announced the arrival of the global version of Xiaomi MIUI 8 at the unveil event of Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone in India. The Chinese manufacturer had announced the Chinese edition of the software in May. First off, we have seen the visual changes that are coming in this version.
The notification drawer sees the biggest change, with a consolidated list and a weather panel at the top that changes color and animation according to the GSM Arena. Xiaomi has also incorporated the color changing status bar and animations in other apps across the UI.
Even contact numbers of the incoming phone calls are not stored on the device, the Caller ID feature will automatically display who is calling along with other contact details. The same feature is also available for messages. It will reveal who the name of the unknown senders.
Starts off with the frequently used Gallery, the company introduced two new additions to the Gallery app that includes Panorama Gallery and Screenshot Gallery. Also, the Quick Share feature that lets you share the photos on your social media platform with a simple swipe. Just open your desired photo and swipe up to share. With Mi Cloud Photo Sync, not only you can save your pictures to the cloud, but you’ll also be getting high-res previews locally.
Devices capable for the public beta of the Xiaomi MIUI 8 Global ROM are the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi Note, Mi 4i, Mi 4, Mi 3, and Mi 2.
In the Redmi series, the capable phones are Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2, and Redmi 1s. Barra also revealed that the public launch of the stable version of the MIUI 8 Global ROM will be on August 16. Barra said the company has partnered with Mobikwik for one tap mobile and DTH recharge via MIUI 8 in India, and users will get 10 percent cash back once a month – 50 percent for new users.
New features in Xiaomi MIUI 8 include Mi Cloud Photo Sync, which keeps low resolution images locally, and uploads the original to the cloud; new video editing option where users can trim videos easily and add video effects; scrolling screenshots, as well as Quick ball – a hovering button that stays on screen at all times and can have shortcuts.