Whether you just got a Xiaomi phone for the first time or are the-hard Mi fan, you are interacting with MIUI.
The company's take on Android is now on its tenth iteration, delivering a host of features and tweaks over the years. MIUI.
What is MIUI?
Simply put, MIUI is the theme Xiaomi has slipped on top of Android, adding a new visual style and more features to pure android.
MIUI was actually Xiaomi's first product, launching back in 2010 before the brand had any phones to go with it.
Which phones come with MIUI?
MIUI Xiaomi's products in mind, with each of its phones running the software – except for the Android One-toting Wed A1 and Mi A2. The Pocophone F1, made by Xiaomi sub-brand Pocophone (or Poco in India), uses a version of MIUI that takes a few cues from stock Android.
The MIUI on other smartphones in the early morning years, but Xiaomi keeps a tight hold on his Android skin these days.
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Major features through the years
MIUI has made tons of headphone since launching approximately eight years ago, and
Xiaomi is one of the first brands to come up with the idea of a phone management app (back in MIUI 5), serving as one place for functions like antivirus scanning, storage management , and battery saving features. Now, the Samsung of the East has adopted this phone hub idea.
Another noteworthy feature popularized by the brand (and Huawei) is the ability to download themes from a dedicated store.
The early years of MIUI so it's just a few more solid features, such as a built-in data saver (MIUI 7), one-handed mode for big phones (MIUI 6), and a permission manager (MIUI 5/6).
The arrival of MIUI 8 arguably heralded the biggest change for Xiaomi's platform yet. Prominent features include scrolling screenshot support, and the second space feature to create a second profile on the phone.
We also have the dual apps feature (allowing users to run two messaging accounts on one phone ), a power-saving mode, an overhauled gallery app, a more vibrant visual design, and new fonts.
We saw this update first hit phones in late 2017, delivering swipe gestures for navigation. This aped Apple's iPhone X, as you swipe up from the bottom to go home and swipe laterally to go back.
Other than these gestures, MIUI 9 so brought "dynamic resource allocation" for better system performance, a smart assistant, and an improved notification shade.
The most recent version is MIUI 10, which was launched a few weeks ago.
MIUI tips and tricks
Xiaomi's Android skin is pretty easy to understand, but it certainly holds its fair share of secrets.
If you have any MIUI questions, comments, or recommendations, sound off in the comments!