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Xiaomi's Android handsets resemble Windows Phone's Start screen with Lite Mode

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Xiaomi's Android handsets resemble Windows Phone's Start screen with Lite Mode
Xiaomi's Android phones run using the manufacturer's MIUI UI. For Xiaomi customers who find Android to be confusing, there is the Lite Mode that offers a "simplified Home screen and menus." If the Lite Mode look seems familiar, that is because it somewhat resembles the Windows Phone Start screen. To enable Lite Mode on your Xiaomi device, go to Settings > Lite Mode. Tap the Lite Mode switch to turn it on, and agree to reboot the phone.

The Lite Mode allows you to add an app to the main screen, a feature available with the Start screen on Windows Phone. You can change the font size and even change the direction that the main screen slides, from vertical (which is the direction that the screen slides by default) to horizontal.

The screenshots below show the Lite Mode feature on a Xiaomi Hongmi running Android 4.2.2. This is the model once known as the Red Rice that offered a phone powered by a quad-core processor for just $130. That was a great price for such an equipped handset during the summer of 2013. Other Xiaomi models will have different features and a different look for Lite Mode.

Xiaomi's Lite Mode covers Android with a Windows Phone looking UI
Xiaomi's Lite Mode covers Android with a Windows Phone looking UI

source: MIUI via WMPoweruser

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