As aftermarket Android ROMs go, Xiaomi's MIUI is among the most popular. Touting a slick appearance and smooth functionality, it's a very appealing alternative to stock, to which 170+ million worldwide users can attest. With the Chinese firm set to launch the Mi Max and Mi Band 2
at its special event in just over two weeks' time, it looks as though a new-and-improved MIUI 8 will also be on the agenda.
Posting on Weibo, Xiaomi promises a deluge of new features, designs and experiences with the new ROM, while the MIUI YouTube channel has also offered a very brief teaser of what's in store. Specifically, the notification shade will offer a much more dynamic experience, with core functions exposed and hidden through delicate scrolling:
As well as the adjustments to the notification pane, there's also said to be a new cloud music application, though hopefully, a few leaks between now and May 10th will offer a clearer picture of MIUI 8 and its features.
Whilst we cannot take anything for granted, one would hope that MIUI 8 is based upon the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Even though the firmware has been around for several months as we look ahead to Android N, it's not a dead-cert that MIUI 8 has been built atop Marshmallow foundations. When one considers that current-latest MIUI 7.1 is baked into the ancient Android 4.4 KitKat
, don't be too surprised if this forthcoming edition follow remains behind the times with Android 5.1
Lollipop or earlier.
Whatever the case, Xiaomi is promising some exciting features and thus, we can't wait to dive in. Let us know what you'd like to see of MIUI 8 by dropping a comment below.