Xiaomi has unveiled another iteration of their custom Android ROM, MIUI 10. It’s not the most significant update we have ever seen, but there are plenty of new MIUI 10 features.
AI Portraits : Better Bokeh Effect even with Single Camera
The smart Phones with Dual-cameras usually offer a special mode called Portrait mode. The AI portraits will work for both single and dual camera phones. MIUI 10 AI Portrait mode, you can take photos with bokeh effect even with a Single camera.
New Recent Apps Menu
Xiaomi has also improved Recent apps pane and optimized it to include more info on the single screen. Xiaomi was able to use a lot of space on the screen and you can view up to 6 Recent apps at a time on your screen. If long tap on any recent app, you can see 3 buttons, which are Activating Split screen, View App info and Lock the app (Prevents an app from closing when you clear recent apps) respectively
AI Preload: Faster App loading
AI preload uses machine learning to learn your app usage pattern. It learns which apps you use regularly and which apps you use rarely. So it can predict which apps you might open next. This significantly reduces the load time of apps and sometimes also makes it possible to launch an app in almost Zero time.
AI Voice Assistant
MIUI 10 will also integrate Xiaomi’s own personal assistant. This feature is however exclusive to China. The AI assistant can give you traffic updates, check your schedule, read your messages, and assist you in similar ways. But, if you are interested to try XiaoAI anyway, you need to install the MIUI 10 Chinese beta ROM instead of Global Beta.
Support for Bezel-less phones
Xiaomi’s software is now better equipped to deliver a more immersive experience, particularly on bezel-less screens. Xiaomi is also adding gesture navigation, provision to maximize screen space, and making it easier for you to operate your phone using one hand.
Better control for Mi Ecosystem devices
The MIUI 10 will make it simpler for users to control Mi ecosystem devices. You can now control smart home products with just a single tap. The smart product that’s ready to pair will automatically pop on your phone screen.
Scan Paytm QR Code and Pay from Camera App
Using the MIUI 10 you can scan QR codes of different apps directly from the camera app. So, if you need to make a Paytm payment, you can simply open the camera app to scan the QR code. Once the QR code is scanned, you will be redirected to the Paytm Payment page where you can complete the payment. Xiaomi will add other apps and services as well.
New nature-inspired notification audio
Xiaomi has also added a number of nature-inspired audio clips to MIUI 10. For instance, you could use the sound of dripping water droplets for notifications. And just as each dripping drop makes a different sound when it plunges in water, you will hear something different with each incoming notification.
You also add white noises like forest, river, etc. to the timer app.
New quick menus in Messages
Xiaomi is now extending the same to 100 other apps and services. Incoming messages from these services will show up in a customized manner and will be easier to read and make sense of. Xiaomi will also identify which service is sending you messages and remove the reply button where it doesn’t make sense.
Redesigned quick settings and notifications shade
The slide-down notification menu on MIUI 10 also features interesting visual changes. You will see a white background and colored icons on the notification shade – much inspired from Android P. Apart from this, Xiaomi also added quick reply for notifications.
MIUI Lab, that debuted last year, is Xiaomi’s effort to give its users an early taste of its upcoming features. It is exclusive to MIUI users. This year, with MIUI 10, new options have been added to the MIUI Lab.
It includes Taplus that can trigger certain actions by long pressing on items, car mode to let you perform actions using your voice commands, and an AI-powered “super-resolution” feature to improve the quality of images.
The MIUI 10 ropes in the Autofill feature as well. As the name suggests, it can automatically fill usernames and passwords across different apps and services. So the next time you have to log-in to any service, you can do it with just a single tap.
Android P-inspired Volume controls
Taking the cue from Android P, Xiaomi re-adjusted the volume bar from the top of the screen to the edges, on MIUI 10. It even added media volume controls to the volume rockers by default, and you can tap on the silent button to switch between ringing modes.
Moreover, tapping on the three dots below the bell icon will take you the option of full volume controls to set the media, ring, and alarm volume levels or activate a time-based DND mode at once.
Picture-in-picture (PiP) is a handy feature on any phone. It adds a floating window on top of another app just so you don’t have to close a particular app in order to access a new one momentarily. The feature debuted with Android Oreo and Xiaomi has finally added it to its custom UI with MIUI 10.
MI Browser gets progressive Web Apps support
The MIUI 10 will also add support for progressive web apps that allow you to use web pages like apps for supported services. With progressive apps, you can avail the app-like interface without downloading separate apps.
Car mode is an Experimental feature which lets you operate your phone Hands-free and avoid distraction while driving. With Car mode, you can do some standard stuff which you might do while driving like Navigation on Maps, Play Music, etc.
Mi Browser – Progressive Web Apps
The New Mi browser in MIUI 10 will feature the Progressive Web apps of popular Indian sites like Flipkart. With PWA’s you can get an app like the experience of certain service without downloading anything.
List of MIUI 10 Compatible devices
MIUI 10 will start rolling out in phases. A few phones will get early access (phase-1) while most others will get it in the second phase. The list includes:
Mi Series – 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 Series – Redmi Note 5 India, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi Note 5A Prime, Redmi Note 4 MTK, Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 3 Qualcomm
Redmi Series – Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 3S, Redmi Y2, Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Y1