Xiaomi announces MIUI 7, available starting August 24

Xiaomi has announced its latest Android-based operating system, the MIUI 7. While the OS hasn't changed much as compared to the previous version, the company has added quite a few nifty features to it.

MIUI 7 features new customization options, including four new system designs for users to choose between. Xiaomi has also included ten pre-set wallpapers which rotate on a daily basis, more wallpapers will be added soon, but this particular feature is only available in India for now. Additionally, the company has also announced a MUSE engine through which designers can easily create new themes to further innovate upon the available customization options.

Xiaomi has also further improved upon device performance, promising that the OS will now feel 30% more responsive, battery time has been improved by over 10%, which according the company, will add three more hours of battery life under normal usage. MIUI 7 also makes use of a new CPU acceleration technique through which apps will load faster and animations will be smoother.

MIUI 7 also includes a XXL text option for a plethora of apps to improve readability. Furthermore, there is also a new photo album which can group all your favorite baby photos, and then create a lock-screen which will routinely rotate between the images. A new "Child Mode" control has also been introduced which offers various new parental controls. Another interesting feature in MIUI 7 makes use of the Xiaomi Mi Band to detect if you're sleeping, so that it automatically sets your smartphone to a do-not-disturb mode.

Xiaomi has also partnered with Opera Max, so users with limited data can save up to 50% of their bandwidth when using popular services like Quickr, Flipkart, Instagram, OLX, LINE, and Hike among others. The company has also announced new features specific to India such as support for 10 local language variations and Visual IVR; which facilitates users by allowing them to see voice prompt options when calling certain services. The system is currently compatible with more than 50 Indian partners.

Xiaomi's MIUI 7 will be pre-loaded in the company's new Redmi Note 2 but will also be available for download as a developer version for the Redmi 1S, Redmi 2, Mi 3/4/4i and Redmi Note 3G/4G starting August 24. The update is expected to start rolling out globally later this year but the timeframe may vary region by region.

Source and images: Android Authority

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