If you have an old Xiaomi phone and are worried about not receiving the MIUI 10 update, then fret not because the company has announced that the new UI will be rolled out to 28 of its devices. The list of phones eligible for the update in India includes the Mi Mix 2, Mi 6, Mi 5s Plus, Mi 5s, Mi 5, Mi 4, Mi 3, Mi Note 2, Mi Max 2, Mi Max, Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi Note 5A Prime, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X and Redmi Note 3, Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 3S, Redmi Y2, Redmi Y1 and the Redmi Y1 Lite. Phew, that’s a list of 25 phones. The global list of phones includes three devices not available in India – the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and the Mi 6X. The names of devices that will receive the update have been presented as is from TechRadar.
At the launch event of the Redmi Y2, Xiaomi's Product Manager, Sudeep Sahu, explained some key features of MIUI 10. Sahu said that with MIUI 10, the company’s focus has been on Speed, Design, Sound and AI Portrait image capturing. In terms of performance, MIUI 10 comes with two new features called “lock free critical path” and “co-dependent prioritising”, which are said to improve speed times of their devices by up to 10 percent.
In terms of design, the company says that it has taken the market trend into account and included gestures, which perform the role of navigation keys on a smartphone. The recent screen has also been refreshed and users will now be able to scroll down to get a stacked card view of their recently used apps. They will be able to swipe to remove apps or long press on an app for accessing shortcuts like a split view. The overall ROM has been reworked for rounded icons. Xiaomi has also reworked some audio aspects in MIUI 10 and the notification tone is said to vary with every message you receive. The timer app now plays ambient nature sounds.
Xiaomi has also made some tweaks to the MIUI 10 for appeasing Indian users. A highlight of this is the web browser, which now has a dedicated page for local services with support for Progressive Web Apps (PWA). The camera app will be able to recognise Paytm QR codes as well. With MIUI 10, there will be a quick menu tab for all business messages in the Messages app. The quick menu tab is said to be contextual and will provide quick access to apps and website, based on the business one has received the messages from.
There is no schedule yet as to when you can expect the update on your smartphone.
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