Xiaomi recently announced the global beta version of MIUI 10 that is said to bring a lot of updates -- from UI interface to new camera capabilities. Although Xiaomi listed a total of 15 phones that will get the update, currently it has rolled out the Beta version to six popular devices Xiaomi Mi 6, Mi MIX 2, Redmi S2, Redmi Note 5 Pro/Redmi Note 5 and Mi MIX 2S. For other devices, Xiaomi is expected to release the beta later.
The company had said that the stable version of MIUI 10 -- which will have design, performance and camera updates -- will start rolling out in September to: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi 5, Mi Note 2, Mi Max, Mi Max 2, Redmi Note 4 (India), Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 3, Redmi 5, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4X smartphones. Since some older Xiaomi models have low processing speeds, MIUI 10 update will not be rolled out to them. The company has not yet enlisted which phones will skip the update.
According to company Product Manager Sudeep Sahu, with MIUI 10, Xiaomi’s focus is on speed, design, sound and AI Portrait image capturing. In terms of performance, MIUI 10 comes with two new features called “lock free critical path” and “co-dependent prioritising”, which are said to improve speed times of their devices by up to 10 percent.
When it comes to design, the company included gestures, which perform the role of navigation keys on a smartphone. The “recent” screen has been refreshed and users will now be able to scroll down to get a stacked card view of their recently used apps. Users will be able to swipe to remove apps or long press on an app for accessing shortcuts like split view.
The overall ROM has been reworked for rounded icons. Xiaomi has also reworked some audio aspects in MIUI 10 and the notification tone is said to vary with every message you receive. The timer app now plays ambient nature sounds.
Xiaomi has also tweaked some features for Indian users. A highlight of this is the web browser, which now has a dedicated page for local services with support for Progressive Web Apps (PWA). The camera app will be able to recognise Paytm QR codes as well.
Users who have registered for Global Beta ROM for the update by going to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates. You can also download the update through the Updater app. Xiaomi announced the MIUI Global ROM at an event where it launched Redmi Y2. (Review)