So the most anticipated MIUI 8 has finally been announced officially. It has been a rumor weeks before its release date. Now, what are they some notable key features of MIUI 8? Are they any new things come with this new Xiaomi’s official ROM? Well talk about that in the following paragraphs.
As what many other software, every new version has its own new features. In the case of MIUI 8, it comes with several performance tweaks, enhancements, bugs fixed, and of course new features. It is basically a major update after several minor updates of MIUI7 have been released. According on Lei Jun’s explanation during the May 10 2016 event, not only new cool apps included within the new MIUI version but also enhanced user interface design. Let’s take new Notification Bar feature for example. Xiaomi has designed Notification Bar on MIUI 8 to have an environmental status theme with distinctive color. Well, let’s cut long story short and just go with the list of its awesomeness :
Power saving mode : Xiaomi has planted new power management feature allowing its users to freeze unnecessary apps running in the background. This ability will also manage to suspend active sync activities, updates checker and background tasks.
Intelligent Chain Start-ups Detection : This special feature is really unique to MIUI 8. Some apps established chained apps (starting chained new services) and this intelligent feature will prevent such thins happen. It means, unnecessary app will be able to be identified before hand and stopped. Consequently, it will boost overall system performance.
Multi-window Management : Newly designed interface to manage several running windows on your phone. Just see it at the picture above. It is cool isn’t it?
Fraud Message Detector : Have a more convenient life with your phone running MIUI 8. Thanks to its smart system to recognize fraud and scam messages. The technology works by analyzing the chip level and the base station identification information as well as the big data. Nowadays in many tech-developing countries, fraud messages phenomena have become common. Hence, it will be a life-saver having such feature on your phone.
New Notes App : It now has more intuitive and sleek user interface design. Featuring passcode and fingerprint security mechanism, users can conveniently compose private / secret notes with no worries.
Smarter Calculator App : It’s not just a simple calculator app now. It can also do many conversion tasks including currencies converter as well as Celcius to Fahrenheit degree conversion, even calculation of mortgage, tax, and provident fund. How cool is that?
New Scanner App : This app can not only read but also generate QRCode easily. The produced QRCode is compatible to use at Wechat wallet and Alipay.
Intelligent Snap and Shop : Just snap any product you want and the technology will suggest you similar items available on major shopping portals.
Snap and Calculate : Another smart feature of MIUI 8 camera where you can snap a picture of Mathematics problems and the system will do the math for you. Nevertheless, it is currently available for Chinese Math tasks only.
Many Cool Features on Gallery : Users can now swipe up to share photos to their friends. Moreover, there is a cool photo editor features users can try before sharing the photos. Just tap on it to launch the photo editor.
Cool Doodles and Stickers : Create cute photos by adding cool doodles on them. Many creative ones to choose. Be inspirative by exploring all of available stickers as well.
Inspiring Video Editor : Edit the video you have captured using its built-in video editor feature. Use any cool filters, add captions, crop video size, add some music, etc.
Wallpaper Carousel : Browse over 12 categories of daily creative lockscreen images from over 50 media partners in very intuitive way. Xiaomi has also plan to update the collection with high quality images to add.
Redesigned Fonts : Using unique custom fonts can add uniqueness and increase brand awareness. Therefore, as Xiaomi strives to bring highest quality products to the customers, new fonts style has been added. Meet Mi Lanting, the newly designed MIUI fonts with ability to make users comfortable after staring on phone’s screen display for up to 6 hours.
Eve More Eye-catching UI Design : MIUI 8 will defy the image that its design resembles Apple iOS. That has been proven by its sleek user interface. Yet, unlike iOS, the color scheme can also automatically change according on the weather.
Smart Cloud Storage Technology : Most people use their smartphone to take pictures. Nowadays, when selfie becomes a really huge trend, storage could be the issue. Having that in mind, Xiaomi has designed a new mechanism allowing users to save storage space. On MIUI 8, the system will upload the pictures to the cloud whereas high-quality thumbnails are kept in phone’s storage. This mechanism is said capable to save 90% of the album space.
Scrolling Screen Capture : While normal screen capture method will only create screenshot of visible page, this new feature will take full page (a website for instance), from the top part to the bottom part.
Efficient Assistive Touch : We have posted about Mi Pop already – which is an assistive touch app similar to what iOS has. MIUI8 planted this feature on its system but this one is called as the Suspension Ball. Basically, it contains several necessary shortcut replacing actual buttons. Users can power off, lockscreen, go back, and reveal options through this ball (I mean shortcut app).
Users-oriented System : Just like on your PC. When you created a guest account then that user’s account will have different interface, settings and even apps. The super user will have ability to restrict certain parts of the phone to be accessible by guest account.
Is that all? Obviously not. There are many other new features but those ones above are what I think notable and are worth to remember.
Credits : all images belong to Xiaomi.