Xiaomi’s MIUI user interface will soon get support for app drawer and app shortcuts. The company is currently testing the features on its MIUI launcher.
The new features are spotted on the alpha build of the MIUI launcher and the build comes with version .10.6.1025-06141703, reports XDA Developers. The report highlights that users can access app drawer by simply tapping on the middle in the app bar that is present at the bottom of the home screen. However, a simple swipe up from the bottom does not open the app drawer.
The screenshot reveals that once the app drawer is open, one can find recently-used apps at the top, while other apps are listed in alphabetical order. Furthermore, there is a downward arrow on the top, which allow users to close the app drawer option. The report says that users cannot swipe down to close the app drawer, but they can tap on the back button to close it.
The alpha update also brings support for app shortcuts. The feature basically allows users to perform certain tasks without opening the application. This can be done by long-pressing the app. In order to activate the app drawer option, one need to long press home screen and then tap on the Settings menu and then on More. There one will find the Home Screen Settings option. Tap on it and it will show two options for the home screen, out of one is the app drawer.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi announced a list of nine smartphones that it will roll out Android Q update to. The company has also disclosed that these smartphones will get Android Q before the end of this year, possibly in Q4 2019. The list includes Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition, Mi Mix 3, Mi Mix 2S, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. The Chinese company has mentioned that the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro will get updated to Android Q in the first quarter of 2020.