Xiaomi has been testing a lot of new features to be added in the MIUI. However, the main focus of the company is to add a must feature i.e. an app drawer. However, this was not a concern from the majority of users but still, the company wants to simplify the user interface in the Xiaomi phones via MIUI launcher.
With the coming updates, the MIUI launcher will bring the app drawer via a dedicated button on the home page. In addition to the app drawer, the MIUI launcher will also bring support for app shortcuts. As of now, MIUI launcher is in Alpha Development and so there will be lots of refinements added in the launcher during the beta testing. There is no definite date released by the company to push the updates to the Xiaomi users.
Coming to the changes, the alpha build of MIUI with an app drawer has the build number 18.104.22.1685-06141703 and currently has support for Chinese language only for the ‘App Drawer’ tool in the Settings menu.
MIUI’s app drawer button is plain grey in color without any design or marks, and on being tapped, opens an interface with a row of recent apps at the top, while the entire catalog of apps sits below arranged in alphabetical order. A small down arrow button can also be seen at the top, which can be tapped to collapse the app drawer interface and go back to the home screen.
Apart from the app drawer, another change brought by the alpha build of MIUI launcher is support for app shortcuts. You can long-press an app icon to open a dialogue box with quick actions for performing certain tasks.
As mentioned above, there is no definite date mentioned by Xiaomi regarding the launch of the MIUI update to the users. Still, you can expect to have this update by the end of the coming month.
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