Xiaomi Unveils Flatter, More Unique MIUI 6 Android UI, Overall Looks Like iOS 7-Style

Xiaomi has officially announced MIUI 6 – the latest version of their Android-powered smartphone UI at an event in Beijing on the fourth anniversary of MIUI ROM. The overall look of the MIUI OS is flattened, and color plays a big role, features a major design refresh, better security, and more. Currently, the update is in beta stage and its expected to make its way to Xiaomi’s devices soon.

MIUI-6Xaiomi, as promised at the MI4 smartphone launch, introduced the next major version of its MIUI user interface, MIUI 6, as said, it’s purely-based on Android Xiaomi devices, comes with major design revamp and also brings a slew of new and best features. Notably, the Xiaomi Mi4 runs MIUI 6 out-of-the-box.

The MIUI 6 brings a completely new look to its ROM user-interface, that’s simple and is also colorful, which got a new notification center with toggles for music control panel, alerts for new messages, missed calls, reminders, app notices, and et al.

Notably, the new update to the MIUI 6 has smart blocklist and visual menu for voice service calls. Although, the company “China Apple’, defined the new Android skin as “the best MIUI ever.” It appears that the new MIUI version poses a lot of design inspired from Apple’s iOS 7, and the newly announced iOS 8 smartphone and tablet OS.

MIUI-61Everything in the new design is meant to be clear, got a heavier use of color in MIUI 6, with white prominent in many of Xiaomi’s own apps. Phone and contact apps have also been updated, so that you can now identify known numbers when they call up. Also, you can identify service number either, like Banks.

Image Credit: NDTV
Image Credit: NDTV

The home screen has been designed with operational gestures that can activated anywhere, and can now be organize icons in groups. Tools like calendar and Mail have an overhauld design as well. The MIUI 6 will be tested by 1000 beta testers, and it be tested by 10000 by August 22.

miui6_features_mi4_officialAs per the company adds:

MIUI 6 supports moving apps by holding on the app and switch screens. It has the most convenient icons organizing method, supports batch organize and delete icons.
MIUI 6 also brings a revamped camera app that will allow swipe down to switch between front and back camera, swipe left to launch menu panel, and swipe right to launch filters. The company has also re-worked the lockscreen notifications on MIUI 6, which will now appear as folded by default.

In addition, the MIUI 6 include new Linux kernel and RAM optimization techniques; new power-saving features to adjust the standby time of the device; 10GB free Mi Cloud storage space for storing images, contacts, messages, call logs and more, and the redesigned Mail app.

Final version of the MIUI 6 for public availability is stated in early September and will be rolled out to as ‘final upgrade’ to select Xiaomi handsets by October.

MIUI-6-releaseXiaomi MIUI 6 Features

  • Access the Notification Center from any screen, including the lock screen.  Just swipe down and swipe up to call out the global search panel.
  • Receive subtle prompts for less important notifications when you’re in the middle of a task, but distinct alerts for more important notifications.
  • Beyond managing tasks on Calendar, #MIUI6 allows you to subscribe to your interests ranging from games, holidays, to TV shows and more.
  • Identify, mark or block unwanted calls with several detailed options.
  • One-click access to customer service making voice service calls easy. Currently supports services by China Mobile, China Unicom, China Merchant Bank, Alipay, SF Express, and almost 50% other used service numbers.
  • Redesigned Mail app to put all mails with the same subject into one folder so that you can see what’s new at a glance. An attachment list also allows you to view and save attachments directly.
  • Swipe on on your screen to turn swap the camera facing.
  • MiCloud backs up photos over Wi-Fi. Add date and location as labels for photos taken or create a shared photo stream with your family and friends
  • Over 5,000 beautiful MIUI themes designed by renowned designers
  • All-new Mi Space also breaks the icon’s traditional grid layout to bring new ways for you to interact with your phone. This allows the interface to access your favorite game or other platform.
  • Mi Life lets you explore new restaurants, purchase movie tickets, or book hotels and the MIUI Directory lets you track packages, make medical appointments, or pay phone bills.
  • Comes with power-saving modes to adjust the standby time of your device.
  • Built-in Permission in MIUI 6 prevents unauthorized apps from accessing your data without your permission.Virus Scan helps you check and kill virus before installing any app.
  • Built-in Clean Master app, Xunlei download engine and Data Usage counter

By the end of 2014, Xiaomi Mi 2/2S/2A, Redmi devices and Redmi Note will get the update. The Xiaomi Mi3 and Mi4 expected to get the latest update of MIUI 6 later this year.

(Via: MIUI, MIUI Forum)