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Xiaomi unveils new look and features for MIUI 6

Chinese vendor Xiaomi has just released a new version of its custom Android OS, MIUI 6, complete with a colorful new look and improved features.
August 18, 2014

Xiaomi has been having a lot of success recently, with its range of competitively priced smartphones and tablets, but the company is perhaps equally as well known for its MIUI software. The company has just released a new version of its customized Android OS – MIUI 6.

MIUI 6 introduces some big changes to the software’s look and feel, with a brighter color pallet and an overall flatter looking design than before. But the update is not purely cosmetic, the core apps have been updated with new features and there have been a number of tweaks to the OS.

MIUI 6 apps

The MIUI home launcher now comes with new gesture support to help with larger display sizes, the ability to organize the home screen icons, and many of the common apps, such as email, have received a makeover. Themes are still an integral of MIUI 6, so users will be free to change the system’s appearance if they are not so keen on the design.

The video below shows off just some of the design concepts and features available with MIUI 6.

MIUI 6 also introduces a range of new features, such as the ability to mark unknown numbers, access free Wi-Fi with WiWide, and use a visual menu for voice service calls. The notification system has also been redesigned. Messages, downloads, and calls all appear in a small floating pop-up, which only takes a small amount of space at the top of the screen. It’s rather reminiscent of Paranoid Android’s Hover feature.

MIUI 6 notifications

Furthermore, MIUI 6 and Xioami’s apps are now further integrated with its Mi Cloud service, which, following some privacy concerns, has been change to opt-in as default. Speaking of privacy, Xiaomi has also bundled its OS with new security measures and a built-in virus scanner.

Unfortunately, the update is currently only available to a small group of beta testers, and there aren’t any ROMs available to download yet. However, Xiaomi will be updating its latest phones and tablets to MIUI 6 in the near future.