MIUI 12 launched globally: Will your smartphone get it?

Feature-packed with solid upgrades, there’s plenty to see here

Xiaomi recently announced its new smartphone user interface called MIUI 12 in China. A few weeks later, Xiaomi held a launch event to announce all of the new features coming to its smartphones globally and there’s plenty of new stuff to look forward to.

WHAT’S NEW?

MIUI 12 is a big leap from previous MIUI 11 which was not a major jump from previous versions of the smartphone software. According to Xiaomi, the new milestone update not only feels fluid and faster but looks visually appealing and comes with plenty of new features that fans have been craving for.

For beginners, there’s Android 10 inside, and it now packs in stock Android swipe gestures that other skinned smartphone operating systems have recently integrated. Also added is an improved system-wide dark mode and more intuitive and detailed privacy controls that should hopefully make it easier for users to keep their privacy settings in check.

Also new is a quick reply feature along with a fun, handy floating window mode that lets you window apps and keep them afloat on your screen while you work on other apps. There’s also several new menu animations, transitions and a radical-looking Super Wallpaper that gets you animated landscapes of Earth and Mars.

Apart from the above, there’s also a new battery saver for those suffering from battery anxiety and a cast feature that lets you, well… cast stuff.

IS YOUR DEVICE ON THE LIST?

So when does it arrive on your smartphone? Well, there’s a bit of waiting involved.

The first phase of the rollout includes some of the devices that are already being beta-tested by users like the flagship Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9T and the Mi 9T Pro, and mid-rangers like the K20 and the K20 Pro. These devices will get the milestone software update by the end of June.

Surprisingly, the recently launched Mi 10 smartphone is not included in the first phase but makes it to the second. Below is a  list of smartphones that will be getting the update at a later date, which is yet to be announced.

  • Redmi Note 7
  • Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9
  • POCOPHONE F1
  • POCO F1
  • Mi 10 Pro
  • Mi 10
  • POCO F2 Pro
  • POCO X2
  • Mi 10 Lite
  • Mi Note 10
  • Mi 8
  • Mi 8 Pro
  • Mi MIX 3
  • Mi MIX 2S
  • Mi 9 SE
  • Mi 9 Lite
  • Redmi Note 7S
  • Mi Note 3
  • Mi MIX 2
  • Mi MAX 3
  • Mi 8 Lite
  • Redmi Y2
  • Redmi S2
  • Redmi Note 5
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Redmi 6A
  • Redmi 6
  • Redmi 6 Pro
  • Redmi Note 6 Pro
  • Redmi Y3/ Redmi 7
  • Redmi 7A
  • Redmi Note 8
  • Redmi Note 8T
  • Redmi 8
  • Redmi 8A
  • Redmi 8A Dual
  • Redmi Note 9s
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro
  • Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
  • Mi Note 10 Lite 

As you can see, there is a good mix of old and new devices. And the support goes quite a few generations back so Xiaomi surely deserves an applause for that. Let’s just hope we don’t come across any more privacy related issues in MIUI 12.