Xiaomi has started the rollout of the stable version of its custom skin MIUI 12 on select smartphones in China. The company made this announcement on Weibo, although it has not mentioned which models will be receiving the update but it is expected that Xiaomi will follow the update schedule which was published a few months ago.
In this first batch of rollout, the update will be pushed to 13 different models including Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10, Mi 10 Youth Edition, Mi 9 Pro 5G, Mi 9 Explorer Edition, Mi 9, Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, Redmi K30 Pro, Redmi K30 5G, Redmi K30, Redmi K20 Pro Exclusive Edition, Redmi K20 Pro, and the Redmi K20.
To update the phone, users can simply go to Settings > My Device > About phone and check for the new update. Since the rollout began for China only, the global users will still have to wait for this update.
New Features of MIUI 12
Xiaomi has introduced many design changes with MIUI 12 so that UI elements appear a lot better and more consistent across the software. Some new features like Super Wallpapers, Floating Window, new health apps, and improved Dark Mode are also added.
Floating windows allow users to quickly reply to messages or run apps/games in minimized mode. Super wallpapers are dynamic home and lock screen wallpapers of planets like Mars and Earth. There’s also a new dark mode that can force third party apps to emulate the theme style.
Apart from visual changes, Xiaomi has also improved privacy. MIUI 12 will notify when an app is accessing location, mic or camera and you will also be able to see phone usage history like Google Activity as well as permission requested by apps.
This update brings new blank data feature that only provides a virtual identity to apps which can be changed at any time by the users so that users don’t compromise their privacy by sharing their original info to unwanted apps.
Xiaomi is also introducing a new health app that can automatically record not only activities like walking, running, cycling and climbing stairs but also monitor sleep and record snoring or sleep talks. This health app is claimed to consume just 1% of the battery for the whole day of usage.