MIUI is one of the most heavily-customized Android Fork out there. A key feature that sets it apart from other Forks is that its version number is not indicative of the version of Android it’s based on. Depending on what phone you have, your MIUI 10 version can be based on either Android Nougat, Android Oreo, or Android Pie. It has been a cause of frustration among users as they’re left running older versions of Android. The next iteration of MIUI—MIUI 11—has been in the works for quite some time and today, XDA Developers stumbled upon an early build of the software that highlights several new design changes. The new MIUI version will introduce new icons and features like a system-wide dark mode, ultra power saving mode, and more.
Unlike OnePlus, Samsung, and Huawei, Xiaomi doesn’t tie new versions of its Android skin, called MIUI, to new Android OS releases. MIUI 10 is available for dozens of Xiaomi smartphones. And depending on the phone, it’ll be layered on top of Android 7 Nougat, Android 8 Oreo, or Android 9 Pie. Earlier this year, Xiaomi announced that development had begun on MIUI 11 and that the new MIUI version will introduce new icons and features like a system-wide dark mode, ultra power saving mode, and more. These features have already made their way into MIUI 10. Though, so we’re expecting to see other changes that haven’t been announced. Fortunately for us, Xiaomi accidentally rolled out MIUI 11 for a handful of devices. Those are the Redmi K20 Pro, Mi Mix 2S, and Mi 6, giving us an early look at Xiaomi’s next Android release.
New Icon of MIUI11
The images above show some of the new icons that’ll be a part of MIUI 11’s design overhaul. I’m curious to see how these will look once Dark Mode is enable. MIUI 11 will also bring a new cross-device file sharing implementation that Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo are working on. Xiaomi devices with Always on Display will get the option to change the text color automatically at specified intervals. One can even add an effect that has five different patterns that rotate each time you turn the screen on. There’s also a new “dynamic sounds” feature. There is a new Xiaomi Community app, a redesigned file manager, a dark mode scheduler, and quick replies for some messaging apps.
New Design of MIUI 11
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 make 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.
This is an early, pre-release build of MIUI 11 for Xiaomi devices. We’re unsure if these builds contain all of the release features.