Xiaomi is a brand known for its high-quality smartphones and has been climbing the ladder of success very fast, thanks to its excellent marketing strategy and unbeatable prices. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. What makes Xiaomi phones more loveable is the mounting of a custom UI, the world famous MIUI; arguably one of the most customizable UIs in the entire smartphone world. In latest leaks, we picked up some rumours about the next MIUI, the MIUI 9.0, Xiaomi will be setting up a picture in picture for it users, amongst the other main improvements.
The picture-in-picture is a breakthrough technology which allows you to access multiple programs simultaneously from different channels or sources. It involves one programme on the entire screen and one or several other programmes displayed in inset windows. This usually requires two separate sources to project on the same screen. Currently used mostly by television news channels to show coverage on the same news from different places, or by sports channels etc.
Although the technology has been around for quite a long time, this is probably the first attempt by any manufacturer to incorporate this in a phone. Even though we have the split screen from the time of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, but even that requires at least half the space of the screen. With this new technology, if implemented successfully, one would be able to use multiple apps simultaneously without having to give half the screen to an app they don’t wish to prioritize; e.g. to be able to watch a video while texting someone is something every user wishes to do – however, sharing half of your screen with the app would virtually ruin the video experience. With this breakthrough, you’d be able to customize the space you want to allocate to the secondary app.
Other features that Xiaomi is reportedly planning on putting in includes an inbuilt screen recorder, which will allow users to record all activities on their screen in real-time, along with a live streaming option to directly stream your screen on various sites/apps such as Youtube, Vimeo, etc.
MIUI is extremely popular not only because it is customizable, but also because it is open source. And if you know a little bit of coding, you can even build your own custom ROM using their source code. Due to the same, many forums keep suggesting changes to the existing codebase and the UI keeps getting better and better with Xiaomi themselves implementing many changes.
Xiaomi hasn’t yet announced the latest UI and is still in the making. Whether the new UI will be mounted on the existing Android 7.0 Nougat, or will it be mounted on the upcoming Android 8.0, which meant to be a boon for developers is yet to be confirmed. We’re expecting the rumour to turn out to be true. Not only this will help a lot of users, but will also be the first instance of the technology successfully implemented on an altogether new level.