MIUI 14 based on Android 13 debuts touted as Xiaomi’s most powerful and secure, yet most efficient and integrated, mobile OS to date

MIUI 14 based on Android 13 debuts touted as Xiaomi’s most powerful and secure, yet most efficient and integrated, mobile OS to date

Xiaomi kicked off its 13 & MIUI 14 event today (December 11, 2022) by diving right into the final part of that title. This software launch is in its 12th year, and its maker claims it’s the best and most engaging major upgrade yet.

Xiaomi revamped the UI part of this Android 13-based skin with a layout based on a set of shapes: squircles, circles and long pills. The contents of the home screen can be sorted into any number of them based on the best fit, although they will share real estate with new animated stickers that may or may not be related to system, application or temporary changes.

This all sounds like a lot for 1 device’s system to take; However, Xiaomi claims to have addressed this potential issue through MIUI 14s “Project Razor” initiative. It is rated to keep the operating system as light as possible through measures such as extreme firmware and system requirement refinements; a reduced tolerance for uninstallable app counts; compression “low frequency” apps as much as possible and other memory savers, like for example saving only 1 copy of a duplicate file (this still strongly suggests that other OEMs don’t go quite as far when developing their own versions on Android 13).

Then again, part of Xiaomi’s new privacy and security-related upgrades to MIUI 14 revolve around keeping things on the device rather than on the cloud for about 30″system scenarios“, apparently including iOS-competing OCR functions. The OEM also claims to have achieved several relevant certifications for data integrity in the process.

Nevertheless, a user will clearly have no fear of losing connection with their accessories, smart home and home IoT devices on MIUI 14. The software has been upgraded for an updated paired-device interface in which each displays its own ‘bubble’, some of which (such as those for TWS earbuds) can be ‘dragged’ from one to another to change their input .

This facility coexists with a map-like layout for Mijia product ecosystem integration. This could potentially provide a view of all of a user’s connected or peripheral devices (from TVs to smart devices) that is as single-screen as possible, potentially streamlining a home’s automation or on-device controls.

MIUI 14 putports should be as “human centered” as possible this way, with the potential to learn a given smart home’s usage pattern to make those controls even more user-friendly than before. Finally, the latest version of Xiaomi’s mobile software is expected to become even more family- or relationship-friendly through upgraded shared photo album, cloud and account settings.

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