23 October 2019
As expected previously, Xiaomi has not only made MIUI 11 Global ROM official but has also revealed details about the rollout plan and list of eligible devices. It made the announcement at the same event where it unveiled the new Redmi Note 8 series in India. It is similar to the Chinese ROM but has a number of features tweaked and tailor-made for global markets, especially India.
MIUI 11 brings a lot of visual changes which will completely overhaul the way your existing Xiaomi/Redmi phones look (in terms of software). There is native system-wide dark mode support which Google introduced with Android 10 as well. The only difference is that MIUI 11 will ensure that you get the dark mode even if your device is not running the latest Android version.
Xiaomi announced a new Always On experience with MIUI 11 which is currently limited to Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. It is the same as Always On Display functionality with customization and personalization options. There are various cool and colorful designs that users will be able to choose from. It also supports adding one's favorite quote to the experience which can be tweaked with colors.
The team has updated MIUI's Wallpaper collection with over 100,000 new and unique wallpapers. Xiaomi is also introducing video-based dynamic wallpapers which will offer animations. These can be personalized by adding one's own video to the wallpaper. In terms of productivity, the Files app has been improved to make it easier and quicker to find all types of files. It now offers file previews and supports native document viewer so that you don't have to install other apps. Similarly, the team has made changes to almost all the default MIUI apps to make them better and faster.
Xiaomi said MIUI 11 Global ROM will be arriving first for Poco F1 and Redmi K20 on October 22nd. It will then be expended to other smartphones in phases. You can check the complete list below:
- Phase 1 (Oct 22 to 31): Poco F1, Redmi K20, Redmi Y3, Redmi 7, Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7S, and Redmi Note 7 Pro
- Phase 2 (Nov 4 to 12): Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi 6A, Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Y2, Redmi 4, Mi MIX 2, and Mi Max 2
- Phase 3 (Nov 13 to 29): Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 7A, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A, and Redmi Note 8
- Phase 4 (Dec 18 to 26): Redmi Note 8 Pro
It is surprising to see that despite being the latest smartphone, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the last in the list to receive MIUI 11. Nevertheless, that's how things are and now you know when to expect an update on your Xiaomi/Redmi unit.