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Xiaomi Unveils MIUI 8


Xiaomi at its Tuesday event is all set to launch its Mi Max smartphone, and has already begun unveiling the MIUI 8. The Chinese company started off talking about the new ROM and claimed there were 200 million MIUI users worldwide.

At the launch, Xiaomi claimed that the MIUI users were “among the most active mobile Internet users.” The company cited the UMIndex, which is a mobile data analysis agency of Alibaba, and claimed that as of March, six out of top 10 smartphones were Mi phones.


Talking about the MIUI 8, the company said that the new ROM will have “great changes” in colours and styling. The company said that the MIUI 8’s colour will change according to the weather.

The company announced its new MIUI 8 Wallpaper Carousel which will have high-quality daily lock screens and will include 12 categories in total and will be provided from over 50 media partners. The new MIUI 8 will have revamped Gallery app which will allow users to add filters, stickers, crop, or even create a music video. The Gallery app in MIUI 8 will also offer Quick share controls to users. The company says that the MIUI 8 supports video editing.

Some of the other minor changes include the new Notes app which allows users to set password and fingerprint to secure private notes, and an advanced calculator.

MIUI 8 also features a Power Saving Mode that freezes background app activity, and limits chain start-ups, the company said.

According to Xiaomi, the MIUI 8 China ROM will be available for beta registrations starting May 16 while testing of the beta build kicks off June 1. The company has announced that the first Developer ROM will be available starting June 17. The MIUI 8 Developer ROM supported devices include Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi 4c, Mi 4S, Mi 5, and Mi Max. The company says that the entire Redmi range and Mi Note series will be supported by MIUI 8 Developer ROM.