Alongside the new Mi 10 Youth, Xiaomi officially unveiled its latest custom Android user interface – MIUI 12. It’s still based on Android 10 but brings a visual overhaul with a simpler flat look alongside plenty of new animations, an improved dark mode, new health app and more sophisticated privacy controls.
Starting off with the visuals, Xiaomi has flattened pretty much all of MIUI. There are new app launch and closing animations that Xiaomi claims are faster and more fluid than before. Dark Mode 2.0 is another key addition that brings wallpaper dimming and font adjustment to make text easier to read and reduce eye strain.
Other neat visual additions include the new live wallpapers which zoom in from a space view to an aerial shot each time you unlock your phone. There’s also new always-on display functionality and floating windows which allows you to keep small app previews open on top of full-screen content. Gesture navigation now adopts the stock Android 10 approach and Xiaomi has improved notification management with its new quick reply feature.
Another key feature in MIUI 12 is the improved privacy management which can now keep track of your apps’ behavior and will show you specific ones that abuse permissions. In addition, Xiaomi is implementing a new virtual ID security protocol that prevents suspicious apps from accessing vital information from your device.
Xiaomi is also adding new accessibility features with AI Calling which can transcribe calls and suggest responses during conversations for hearing impaired users. Mi Health which is now official, promises improved activity tracking thanks to new AI algorithms and also offers sleep tracking without any additional devices, as it simply requires placing the phone under your pillow.
MIUI 12 closed beta testing is now live for Chinese users while the stable build is scheduled to release in June. It’s important to note that these are the time frames for the Chinese MIUI while international release dates will vary.
Source (in Chinese)