XiaomiÂ unveiledÂ MIUI 8 duringÂ the announcement of the Mi MaxÂ back in May 2016. The company hadÂ announced that many smartphones in the Redmi and Mi series of smartphones would receiveÂ MIUI 8 update withÂ Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The beta version of the ROM was releasedÂ as scheduledÂ in China first, but the international schedule seems to beÂ behind schedule. The most popular smartphone from the company this year, theÂ Redmi Note 3, is still running Android 5.1 Lollipop. This is quite a shame, especially since Google has releasedÂ Android 7.0 Nougat recently.
The MIUI 8 update was supposed to be based on Android Marshmallow, but that isn’t the case with the Redmi Note 3. The update includes theÂ revamped notifications and quick settings toggles with a bright and colorful UI as seen on Samsung smartphones. The company has also used newÂ iconsÂ that areÂ moreÂ colorful. The calendar and calculator app have receivedÂ new designs as well. Camera and Gallery apps have received makeovers as well.
MIUI 8 also brings dual apps, a way to run two instances of the same app. A new Quick Ball feature also improvesÂ one-handed usage for large screen smartphones. There’s a new photo and video editor in MIUI 8 ROM. The current update hasÂ some bugs, the battery life is lower than expected. Currently, the company is prepping the launch of the XiaomiÂ Mi 5sÂ and the XiaomiÂ Mi Note 2, both of which are high-endÂ smartphones.