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MIUI 12.1 - Features of Xiaomi's next OS update outlined

Xiaomi has already begun beta testing MIUI 12.1 (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi has already begun beta testing MIUI 12.1 (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi is pushing ahead with MIUI 12.1, the successor to MIUI 12. MIUI 12.1 has already been issued to beta testers, some of whom have outlined what to expect from the next version of MIUI.

Xiaomi is still in the process of finalising Round 1 of its MIUI 12 release schedule, with the company having recently upgraded new editions of the Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro to the new OS. However, but the company is not waiting until it finishes rolling out MIUI 12 before it begins issuing MIUI 12.1.

Instead, the company has already issued MIUI 12.1 to beta testers. To clarify, Xiaomi only operates a beta program on the China branch of MIUI. There is also Xiaomi.EU but this is a third-party project. As MIUI 12.1 is live for beta testers, some people have been digging through the upcoming update to find out what has changed from MIUI 12.

According to YouTube channels Technobuzznet & What's New there are several new features contained within MIUI 12.1, including new fingerprint animations, a secure keyboard, new camera filters and greater customisation for Always on Display functionality. The App Vault has also been redesigned, as has the Weather app. Accessibility options has changed too, with Xiaomi now splitting the options into four tabs of General, Hearing, Physical and Vision.

It is unknown when Xiaomi will commence with stable versions of MIUI 12.1. Considering that the company is yet to begin Round 2 of its release schedule for MIUI 12, we doubt that MIUI 12.1 will start arriving before late Q4 2020 at the earliest. Piunikaweb has also published a changelog of new features within MIUI 12.1, which you can read below.

MIUI 12.1 features new AoD customisations. (Image source: Piunikaweb)
MIUI 12.1 features new AoD customisations. (Image source: Piunikaweb)
Xiaomi has also included a Secure keyboard. (Image source: Piunikaweb)
Xiaomi has also included a Secure keyboard. (Image source: Piunikaweb)
There is a revised App Vault in MIUI 12.1 too. (Image source: Piunikaweb)
There is a revised App Vault in MIUI 12.1 too. (Image source: Piunikaweb)
  • New support of LHDC V3 Codec.
  • Improved control center style with date and time.
  • Added text size & font weight, dark mode and split-screen support into Second Space.
  • Added blood pressure measurement in Xiaomi Health.
  • Updated security patch to July 2020.
  • Updated OpenGL & Vulkan GPU driver (SD845: v415.0 to v464.0).
  • Improved Super Wallpaper feature (Two new Mars location and improved lock screen time design).
  • Delete picture option after sharing via screenshot.
  • New lock screen charging animation styles (Mi 10 & Mi Mix Alpha charging style).
  • Improved screen rotation animations (Seamless rotation from landscape to portrait).
  • Added option to change Quick Ball wake-up areas.
  • Redesigned home screen style selection menu.
  • New camera & gallery filters.
  • Added option to switch Gallery’s album layout to list view.
  • 3D animations on four of Control Center primary shortcuts.
  • Updated device security patch to June 2020.
  • Improved behaviour of expanding notifications (Swipe down using one finger).
  • New video playing quick options (Added mute and playback speed).
  • Added option to store all game icons inside GAME TURBO’s Space.
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Alex Alderson, 2020-07-20 (Update: 2020-07-20)
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