MIUI 10 India Top Features and List of Supported Smartphones
Xiaomi had revealed about its upcoming MIUI version – MIUI 10 – in China previous month, although the Global ROM was not made available yet.
It was on this Thursday when the China smartphone maker launched the MIUI Global ROM alongside its new selfie-centric phone dubbed as Redmi Y2.
As we know Xiaomi is becoming global, expanding its line-up across the world. India remains its one of the biggest markets other than China. The MIUI 10 bring a number of features, including some features specific to India.
Devices eligible for the MIUI 10
- Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Mi Note 2, Mi 5S, Mi 5S Plus, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi 5, Mi 6, Mi Mix 2.
- Redmi Note 5A, Redmi Note 5A Prime, Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 3.
- Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, REdmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 3S, Redmi Y2, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite.
Let’s take a look at what Xiaomi has to offer specifically for India.
- Faster Payments – Xiaomi has made it possible to use the Camera App to work as a QR code scanner for Paytm.
Basically, what that means is a Xiaomi user with MIUI can make cashless transactions through Paytm just by opening up the main camera app. Moreover, there is no need to open another App separately.
PWA (Progressive Web Apps)
- Also, for its Indian users, Xiaomi has included a brand new Browser app. It contains a list that highlights some Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), such as MakeMyTrip, Flipkart Lite, BookMyShow, and so on.
Certainly, it could be a business tactic, as well as a way of providing ease to the end user. But anyway, it is a welcome feature in MIUI 10.
- Apart from the mentioned features, there is an intuitive quick menu tab in Messaging. It helps users in exploring and knowing more about a service, or a business just with a tap of a button.
- Also, for Indian users, it comes with Mi Music, and Mi Video.
Both of these two apps were launched in India for local users, last month.
The MIUI 10 brings a plethora of new features however competing with stock Android and other custom skins is a uphill battle.
Apart from company’s claims that the new MIUI is faster, and more innovative than its previous version. The MIUI 10 comes with new full-screen display gestures, which is inspired by the iPhone X.
Practically, full-screen gestures allow a user to swipe on the screen from edges to go back to the previously opened app or page. Similarly, swiping from the bottom will take you to the home screen. Whereas, swiping and holding from the bottom of the display will take you to the Recents view.
It seems very conventional that the full-screen gestures may work best with all-screen or bezel-less devices.
Since Xiaomi has even ‘copied’ the notch and the rear-camera module design from iPhone X, it is not shocking at all that Xiaomi may have thought about developing full-screen gestures similar to iOS 12.
Most interesting of all, MIUI 10 Global ROM comes with the feature called as AI Portrait.
AI Portrait mode is targeted at the Xiaomi devices that come with single camera-lens. This feature uses algorithms based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to add Bokeh effects to the photos, without the need of a second camera.
AI Portrait identifies the main subject or the foreground and blurs out the background in order to give the trendy photos with Bokeh effect. During the product launch event, Xiaomi had claimed that in order to achieve this effect, they have the AI algorithm with over 100,000 photos.
Also, users can organize the items in 3 different ways by overlapping horizontally, overlapping vertically, and not be overlapping horizontally.
List Of Devices Compatible for Single Camera Portrait Mode:
According to Xiaomi, 11 devices will compatible for single-camera portrait mode. The phones that will support portrait mode on both front and rear cameras include Mi Note 2, Mi 5/Mi 5 Plus, Mi MIX 2, Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 4/4X, and Redmi Note 3.
On the other hand, Mi 6 and Indian version of Redmi Note 5 will be capable of sporting single-camera portrait mode only on the selfie camera.
By the look of it, Recents view seems very similar to the MIUI Notes app.
But What Does it Do? It puts together all the cards on a single screen, and the user can scroll vertically to view the recent applications.
If the user swipes on any of the cards in Recent, that card gets eliminated. And long pressing a card provides the user with more options to choose from.
Final Thoughts : MIUI 10
With MIUI 10 update, Xiaomi brings a number of features to the Indian market. Giving users ability to scan Paytm QR codes using the Camera app improves the transactions ecosystem. Also, the progressive web apps that connects to services such as OLA, MakeMyTrip etc are helpful.
Furthermore, the updated versions of Mi Music and Mi Video apps are some additional goodies.
Globally, MIUI 10 comes with a number of changes and includes an AI Portrait mode, full-screen gestures. These updates make approriate use of a modern full screen display devices apart from performance enhancements.
Overall, MIUI 10 may not be a revolutionary update, but it adds a slew of features and is highly capable of becoming a favorite skin, at least among Indian fans.
Since Xiaomi is now the number one mobile brand in India, expectations from its software as well as hardware are high among its loyal fan-base in the market. The improved MIUI experience adds to this fan fare even further.
Also, Check the Below Video for the Latest Features of MIUI 10
Written By Prateek Sharma