MIUI7 is the Xiaomi’s latest ROM which got unvieled in New Delhi on Wednesday by Xiaomi’s global VP Hugo Barra.
Initially a Beta version is will be rolled out on Monday which will be supported by Mi devices, namely – Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Mi3, Mi 4, Mi 4i, Redmi Note, and Redmi Note 4G. Additionally, Xiaomi India announced that the Mi 4i will be available in new colours – Blue, Pink, and Yellow – in limited edition variants, priced at Rs. 12,999.
Features of New MIUI7
MIUI 7 will feature four system UIs at launch: Rosè, Pink Blush, Ocean Breeze and High Life. Xiaomi talked at length about the amount of attention that went into designing the Rosè UI, from the selection of the primary and secondary colors as well as icons, backgrounds, the flowing lines of the lockscreen and more.
Xiaomi announced Muse, a new tool for designers to easily create new themes. A focus with the new engine is animated lockscreens, and Xiaomi showcased several themes built on the new engine. Using Muse, you can create a series of interesting ways to unlock your handset, including an Instruments theme that allows you to set a customized pattern of guitar or piano keys or drum beats. There’s even a Panda theme through which you can play a Bejeweled-style match-three game on your lockscreen. For Indian fans, Xiaomi made a full-fledged cricket theme, along with a Bollywood theme, both of which have playable elements from the lockscreen.
Another new feature is XXL Text, which brings the number of font sizes available in MIUI 7 to five. There’s a new Child Mode, through which you can whitelist apps that can be accessed by children. You can also mute app notifications directly from the lockscreen.
Other features include Auto DND, which when paired with the Mi Band automatically mutes your handset when it detects that you’re asleep. Showtime allows you to record a five-second video to set as a profile, which will show up when you call a contact.
Some of the “Made for India” features highlighted at the event include Visual IVR, which is an attempt to reduce the time required to navigate automated voice menus when calling a customer service hotline. Xiaomi’s Visual IVR will show the voice menu on the phone’s screen, so users can tap on the selection quickly.