Following the official presentation of the Xiaomi Mi 11, the Chinese manufacturer also unveiled its MIUI 12.5, the latest version of the brand’s interface. Now, the technology itself has listed some of the biggest software news coming to Xiaomi smartphones.
Then we show you, more in depth, what is really new and captivating in the MIUI 12.5 interface that will very soon come to several brand equipment with the closed beta version, already being tested in China.
1. Better performance and lower energy consumption
First, Xiaomi ensured that the source code of the interface was almost completely rewritten. That is, a reformulation of the SystemUI in order to considerably improve the performance of Xiaomi smartphones with MIUI 12.5.
The brand made it known that the new version of the interface reduces memory consumption in 20%, while energy consumption by applications is reduced by up to 25%. On the other hand, graphics performance will improve by up to 20% with MIUI 12.5.
This last point is possible thanks to the update of the Motion AI algorithm that speeds up graphic processing, thus greatly improving the experience of Xiaomi users. In fact, it comes to unlock the next novelty, the “Super Wallpapers”.
2. Dynamic wallpapers – “Super Wallpapers”
They are dynamic wallpapers, or Super Wallpapers, betting on the elegance and natural beauty of various landscapes and picturesque places in China. Above we see, for example, Snow Mountain, the peak of Siguniang mountain in Sichuan.
The highlight is the continuous real-time digital representation (rendering) of climate change, the passage of clouds and respective shadows, as well as the angle of incidence of light at the peak of the mountain for a unprecedented realism on the wallpapers.
In addition to the example given by Xiaomi during the presentation, several other landscapes will arrive to Xiaomi users during the first half of 2021. In summary, natural landscapes with continuous updating (24 / 24h).
3. Notifications with sounds of Nature
South America, Amazon and rainforest, Australia and even the Arctic. These are the sound stages that inspired Xiaomi to create packs or sound packs for notifications, composed in conjunction with artists of various nationalities.
The user can combine over 120 animal sounds which you can assign to different events and notifications. In addition, MIUI 12.5 has optimizations for the feedback vibration, now offering a slight vibration when touching the screen.
There are also new accessibility features that will facilitate the use of Xiaomi smartphones for the blind and users with other disabilities. According to the manufacturer, this feature pack will be implemented in 2020, in test versions.
We can also point to the strengthening of Sticky notes. This function is now more personalized, being possible to add images, links, video, among other contents so that they are not forgotten.
4. Greater privacy and security for the Xiaomi user
The technology made it known that the privacy and security of its users is a cornerstone of the brand. In this sense, MIUI 12.5 has a new tool that warns you whenever an application has access to the contents of the clipboard.
That way, the user will know when apps are looking for more information about you, such as when an app is making recordings or data logging. In practice, there is greater control and transparency in the Xiaomi interface.
There’s still the new “Sandbox mode“where users will be able to place photo albums, or sensitive data and which applications will only have access to after a new authorization step. In practice, it will be an extra layer of control.
We can also point out the new features for some system applications like “Notes”. With MIUI 12.5 you can create charts automatically from the hand drawn drawings and other sketches made by the user.
Finally, the typography MIUI 12.5 has been improved in order to facilitate reading, both in the light and dark theme.
5. Connection between smartphones and computers with MIUI +
The possibility of connecting the smartphone to the computer is one of the biggest highlights and news from Xiaomi with MIUI 12.5. To facilitate this procedure the manufacturer announced the MIUI + initiative that wants to bring the experience of using the smartphone to the computer. In practice, the Xiaomi smartphone will be able to “collaborate” in a practical way with the Windows computer.
Currently the MIUI + tool is in beta testing, but can be downloaded by anyone interested. The platform allows you to use applications between the Android device and the PC, share the same clipboard to streamline file sharing and easily explore the Xiaomi smartphone’s storage and memory via the computer.
This platform also reflects the new work habits, in which the computer and the smartphone are crucial for everyday life. It is one of the biggest news from Xiaomi and should receive several improvements next year.
Xiaomi smartphones compatible with MIUI 12.5
The publicly available trial version is already being tested in China. Then, the open beta will bring this same availability to some devices of the brand, probably from February, or late January 2021.
Among the first smartphones to receive this possibility are the Xiaomi Mi 10, Redmi K30, Redmi Note 7 and even the Xiaomi Mi 9 to be among the first to enjoy an extended availability. The Xiaomi Mi 11 already has MIUI 12.5.
MIUI 12.5 is still in the testing phase, but is expected to start shipping globally, in a stable version, during the first half of 2021.
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