Unlike most of the smartphone brands, Xiaomi doesn’t directly tie its releases with new Android versions. For instance, MIUI 10 is available for several devices despite the Android version that they are running. The latest version is available for several smartphones running atop of Android 7, 8 and 9 without many differences. Every year we expect a new MIUI version to come for Xiaomi devices, this year won’t be different with the arrival of MIUI 11.
Earlier this year, Xiaomi announced that development had begun on MIUI 11. The upcoming MIUI version will bring some important changes that include a new design, new icons, and features. These features include a system-wide dark mode, ultra power saving mode, and more. Some of these features are already available in MIUI 10, so we expect to see more unannounced changes coming with the new version. Interesting enough, Xiaomi accidentally rolled out MIUI 11 update for some devices like Redmi K20 Pro, Mi Mix 2S, and Mi 6. The folks at XDA-Developers didn’t forgive this mistake, and thanks to it we now have some clues of the new additions that are coming with the software.
The download links for the closed beta MIUI 11 9.9.9 were briefly publicly accessible. This allowed many users to grab the firmware and flash to their own devices. The builds contain code that overlays the device’s IMEI all over the UI, so this had to be omitted in the below screenshots. The Recognized Developer erfanoabdi modified the system image to make it flashable on other devices, allowing users to install it even on non-Xiaomi devices.
New Icons Design
The images below give us a close look of MIUI 11 new iconography, they are colorful, flat and beautiful. Unlike Android 10, the icons don’t seem to follow any kind of specific shape.
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A new refreshed design
With MIUI 11, Xiaomi will adopt the “Empowering the productive” slogan. Interesting enough, the design uses a lot of empty white space and big, bold text throughout. It’s an interesting change and seems like a polishment over MIUI 10 overall design. One of the screenshots further reveals the design in more system apps. Worth noting that there’s even a reference to the unreleased Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G.
New features are making way for MIUI 11 supported devices
The first and most notable feature coming with MIUI 11 will be the cross-device file share implementation. It is a work made with the collaboration of Vivo and Oppo. In addition, there’s a new Always On Display mode that changes the text color automatically over time. It also introduces a Kaleidoscope-style which has 5 different patterns that rotate each time you turn the screen on. Moreover, there will be an outer space style that changes the light depending on the sunrise/sunset schedule at your location.
MIUI 11 also brings new “dynamic sounds” feature, a new Xiaomi Community app, a redesigned file manager. Furthermore, there’s a dark mode scheduler and quick reply feature for some messaging apps.
Worth noting that these images are from an early build of MIUI 11, so there’s still a lot of space for changes. However, these images are a good hint that MIUI 11 is close to becoming available. At least in the beta program. So stay tuned for more news about Xiaomi’s new software. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can head over to XDA-Developers where you can get instructions of how installing this alpha build in an ‘eligible’ device.