Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 8 for India today, the next generation of its popular Android-based operating system, with new features including Dual apps, Second space, Scrolling screenshots, Quick ball and T9 dialer with Hindi search. Inspired by the kaleidoscope, MIUI 8 features an overhauled design as seen in the bold colours and interactive animations.
Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra also revealed that MIUI has crossed over 200 million users across the world.
Beta testing for MIUI 8 in India will begin from 11 July on Mi Max, Mi 5, Mi 4i, Mi 4, Mi 3, Mi 2 and Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note Prime, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 Prime, Redmi 2, Redmi 1s. All supported smartphones will be updated to MIUI 8 by 16 August. The beta will be available for download on Mi Community site at c.mi.com and on the MIUI forum at en.miui.com.
Some cool new addition in MIUI 8
Dual apps: Users can have two instances of any app on their phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app. For example, users can now have two WhatsApp accounts or two Facebook accounts on the same device.
Second space: Taking the concept of “Dual apps” to another level, Second space enables users to have two smartphone instances on the same device. Using a different lockscreen password or fingerprint,users can set up two entirely different home screens, with different apps, separate user data and independent photo storage.
Scrolling screenshots: MIUI 8 also introduces the ability to take multi-screen scrolling screenshots and editing them further, which is very useful for sharing long articles in just one image.
Quick ball: This feature makes accessing commonly used actions like going back, returning to the home page, and turning off the screen much more convenient by allowing users to keep their grip and not have to move their thumb around too much. These actions can be customised to the user’s liking and are available from the lockscreen, making one-handed operation a breeze.
T9 dialer with Hindi search: MIUI will support T9 Hindi search on the dialer. It also enables users to search more than 1000 public numbers of the most popular businesses in India, automatically bringing up the number to make outgoing calls.
Photo gallery: It comes with several optimisations such as quick share controls where users can swipe up to share and change filters with a tap. They can also doodle on photos and make use of a native video editor with various effects and music.
Improved SMS recharge service: Mi India has partnered with Mobikwik to streamline the SMS recharge service for MIUI users. When users receive a message from their telecom or DTH service provider informing them of a low balance, it will provide an automatic option of ‘Recharge Now’. New users will get a special 50% cashback on their first Mobikwik recharge and existing Mobikwik customers will get a 10% cashback on their first recharge every month.
Some Additional features:
- Inbuilt SMS caller ID that labels all the commercial SMS by their carrier name for easy reference
- Improved calculator app with currency and unit conversions
- New ringtones for users to customise their phones even further
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