Last month, Xiaomi announced the latest version of its custom ROM for Android in China which is called MIUI 11. While the company is already seeding MIUI 11 update package to devices in China, users from other regions are still waiting to receive the update. Cheerfully, Indian consumers won’t have to wait for long as a Tweet shared from the company’s official account declared that MIUI 11 will be announced in the country on the 16th of October.|
Readers who are unaware, this is the same date when Xiaomi will also launch the highly anticipated Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 in India. Therefore, it is highly like that these handsets could launch in the country with the latest MIUI 11 which is disparate to their Chinese launch where the devices debuted with MIUI 10(preceding version of MIUI 11).
It seems Xiaomi is in full swing to lure in customers ahead of the upcoming Diwali shopping spree. If the rumour mill is to be believed, the company could also launch the Poco F2 which is the long-awaited successor of the Poco F1 that was launched last year. However, in order to verify this claim, we will have wait until the Xiaomi event which will take place on the 16th of October.
Coming back to MIUI 11, let’s talk about the features that the latest Android skin from Xiaomi brings to the table.
New Icons and smoother animations: With the latest MIUI 11, Xiaomi has tweaked the look of the icons found in the UI and they now have a minimalist yet appealing look. The company has also tweaked the animations which are slower in comparison to MIUI 10 but they now provide for a rich and immersive experience.
Ultra Power Saving Mode: As the name suggests, this mode is meant for prolonging battery life when running out of charge. According to the company, while in this mode, a device can provide a battery backup of upto 24 hours with just 5% of battery. When this mode is turned on, the device turns off the Wi-Fi module, hides non-essential apps, turns the display colour to black/white whilst restricting background processes.
Kids Mode: This mode is meant for parents who want to create a safe digital environment for their kids. While in kids mode, the device will only be able to run applications that are whitelisted by their parent or guardian. Besides, it also has an education space which Xiaomi claims is an intuitive manner to teach young kids.
Casting to external display: This feature will allow smartphones running on MIUI 11 to wirelessly cast onscreen content which includes games, videos, documents and other applications to TV, given the TV also supports this functionality. Xiaomi has thoughtfully designed this feature so users can even hide personal items to keep all sensitive things private. Moreover, the device can continue to cast even when its display has been turned off.
Digital Wellbeing: With this feature, device owners will be able to check how much time they spend on each application and if needed they can cut down the usage time in order to maintain a healthy mental and physical well-being.
Earthquake alerts: With the help of data provided by regional offices, devices running MIUI 11 can notify its owner in case of an ongoing earthquake or after one takes place. Moreover, it will also provide additional details like nearby relief centres and places to avail medical service in case of a mishap.
Android 10: While it is not necessary for every device running MIUI 11 to run on the latest Android 10, as the same skin could even be built on older versions of Android like Oreo or Pie. Having said that, devices launched in recent past will get MIUI 11 based on Android 10.
Well these are just a handful of features introduced with MIUI 11.
Xiaomi is yet to provide a list of India specific devices that are bound to receive the latest MIUI 11, however, it will be comparable to the Chinese list. Nonetheless, latest handsets including the MI 9 lineup, Redmi K20 duo, Note 7 series, Note 8 series and Poco F1 (from 2018) are already to confirmed to receive the update.
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