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Xiaomi rolls out MIUI 12 Global version for users: Here are the top five features

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Xiaomi on Tuesday announced the global version of it’s custom Android skin – MIUI 12 in an online event.

The update which has been available for sometime now for the Chinese market packs an increased focus on UI aesthetics some productivity-improving multi-tasking features, and an all-around update on some minor tweaks and privacy fixes.

The Chinese OEM promise MIUI 12 will start rolling out to its flagship devices, the Mi, Redmi and Poco smartphones from the end of June with it’s older devices as old as the Redmi 5 also getting a fair share from the Pandora’s box.

Xiaomi MIUI 12 Global version

Beta builds of the custom Android skin is expected to be available from next week.

The event however did not touch upon availability for the Nigerian market specifically though Xaomi’s assurance that MIUI 12 is a product of a decade’s worth of research and innovation and the latest version going big on design, privacy and multi-tasking…

We definitely cannot wait to have it on our big screens down here…

Here are the top five features and very credible reasons why you should be hitting that update button ASAP—

1. Animation Render Engines

Xiaomi MIUI 12 physics engine

MIUI 12 has restructured animation rendering with a new physics engine for Xiaomi devices.

The new animation framework called Light Cone Animation Framework adds real-time gaussian blur to the background with varying degrees of blurring. The same rendering engine also introduces dynamically rounded corners that changes as you click on an icon to when the app opens.

The Physics Engine delivers tangible feedback to UI actions, whether you are pulling an app from a corner, or tapping on an icon upfront or tilting it to the corner. The opening animation of apps also happens with a 3D touch making it look like it pops out of the screen.

The weather app is also updated to show weather elements on the screen. Icons also got a big upgrade with the inclusion of layers. You will now see elements in the icons change shape with the passage of time.

There’s also a new iOS-like Control Center that gives you control over frequently used settings. It’s basically a redesign of the quick access bar in the notification shade.

Animations are present everywhere accross the interface with the Settings app not left out. The About Phone section will visualise information like storage space. Clicking on it will give an even more visual breakup of what’s eating your space.

2. Permission Notification

Permission notification on MIUI 12

This is unarguably the pick of the bunch practically…

Xiaomi promise MIUI 12 will finally notify users of background behaviour.

When critical components of your smartphone like the microphone, camera and others are used, you will see a sticky notification informing in the status bar.

There’s now the option to let apps use location services only when the app is running in the foreground, and these settings are available for seven critical scenarios including contacts, camera, microphone, storage, calendar, location and contacts.

MIUI 12 will also provide an option to keep details like a location from being shared when you are sharing a photo, however this is turned on by default.

3. Super Wallpapers

Xiaomi MIUI 12 with NASA wallpapers

Xiaomi MIUI 12 also packs amazing preinstalled wallpapers this time courtesy of NASA to let you tour plants from your phone screen.

Called Super Wallpapers, they animate the home screen, lock screen as well as the Always-On display offering a detailed peek into a planet’s geography.

What something extra, you can even see the planets change from day to night as the sun sets.

4. Floating Windows

Xiaomi floating windows on MIUI 12

Also announced is floating windows – a MIUI feature that allows you to interact real-time with applications still brunning in the foreground.

Not basically you default Android split screen tech…

According to the demo, you can even make a game float on the main screen while it’s loading, allow quick replies to messages from within another app like Instagram or keep a video in a floating window while you do a quick Google search.

The window can be enlarged to enter the app in full screen or kept minimised in the corner.

Notably, the floating windows aren’t bubble-shaped like we see with Facebook Messenger and the likes. Instead, it forms a small rectangular window in the corner and may cover part of the app you’re on.

I think we’ve been here before…

5. Universal Casting

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Xiaomi also announced that you can cast just about anything from your phone — Videos, games, docs, apps and more to TV’s and displays that support Miracast.

Furthermore, private messages you receive while casting the screen will not be shown on the big screen. You can also exit the cast screen from your phone and go somewhere else, and it won’t impact the casting process.

Pretty cool privacy stuff right?

So, if you’re a Mi fan (technically any Xiaomi user), just know MIUI 12 first rolls out to the big boys – includes the Mi 9, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro for the first batch.

In round 2, a lot more devices will receive the update which includes but not limited to the —

Redmi Note 7 Pro
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Redmi Note 9
Poco F1
Mi 10 Pro
Poco F2 Pro
Poco X2
Redmi Y2
Redmi Note 6 Pro, and more.

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Infinix Zero 8 could launch with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 8GB RAM and 90Hz refresh rate display

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Infinix Mobility seems to be enjoying the Xiaomi and Oppo competition in the Nigerian consumer market with the smartphone brand set to launch a new smartphone, dubbed the Infinix ZERO 8.

The company has long been in the business of making entry-level devices with a track record of success making different lineup of smartphones. Infinix ZERO 8, however will be a mid-range offering from the brand, considering the reported specifications and features.

The device was spotted by Hawkeye users on the Google Play Console listing, the listing revealing several of its specifications and features in the process. A official promotional video for the device has also been surface online, definitely pointing to its imminent launch.

Here’s everything we know so far with the Infinix Zero 8 smartphone.

Infinix Zero 8 Specifications and Features (Expected)

The display of the device is set to feature a Full HD+ resolution with 1,080 x 2,460 pixels and a screen density of 480 DPI though the display size remains unknown for now. For software, it’s expected the Infinix ZERO 8 will boot the latest Android 10 OS out of the box.

Infinix Zero 8 could launch with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 8GB RAM and 90Hz refresh rate display 4

Under the hood, the Google Play Console listing reveals the Infinix ZERO 8 (with the model number Infinix-X687) will feature a MediaTek Helio G90 processor (the teaser video, however, mentions a Helio G90T, as is normal with major leaks and prelaunch reveals, we are okay with the confusion though the G90T SoC will be super awesome), which will be paired with a Mali G76 GPU and 8GB of RAM.

Meanwhile the official teaser seems to have revealed more than intended with the teaser video showcasing the front and back of the device alongside another toned down version of the Infinix Zero 8 lineup, a rumored Infinix Zero 8i (according to MySmartPrice).

For camera optics, the Infinix ZERO 8 will feature a dual punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper, this will be located in the top left corner of the device’s display juft like the recently launched Infinix Note 7. The selfie camera setup will include a 48MP primary lens and an 8MP wide-angle lens.

Infinix Zero 8 could launch with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC, 8GB RAM and 90Hz refresh rate display 5

For the rear camera, there’s a 64MP quad rear camera setup, which will be encased within a prism-like module.

Talk about going out of the way to not only make a difference but teach us about shapes too *winks*

The Infinix Zero 8 device will also feature a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate display. The device will also feature fast charging support over a USB Type-C charging port. For juice, a TUV Rheinland certification website went ahead to confirm the Infinix Zero 8 will feature a 4,400mAh non-removable battery.

Infinix Zero 8 Price and Availability

There’s no news yet on the starting price of the device though we will update you here on Naijatechguy once that is the case.

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WhatsApp reportedly will let users Sync and access chat history across multiple devices

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Who fancies a day we’ll be having a conversation on WhatsApp supporting synchronizing chat history and contact’s on multiple devices?Not meWhatsApp reportedly will let users Sync and access chat history across multiple devices 7However, information circulating the web suggests that a feature that enables users WhatsApp chats to be backed up across multiple devices once the multiple device feature is live.So, this means, you should be able to continue a chat from another device, once you are logged in on multiple devices. This has for long been a present feature on Facebook Inc. other apps – Instagram and Facebook but entirely missing on WhatsApp.Recently it was reported that a user will be able to use his WhatsApp account across multiplied devices. The limit for these devices will be 4. It looks like when a user logs in on these devices, his/her chat will be backed up across all the devices.The complications with implementing this has so far looked unattainable buy then, you never know in the world of tech.

WhatsApp Chat History Multi Device Sync – How possible?

Up until at least this latest reveal, a user could only use a WhatsApp account on a single smartphone. Else, one would’ve to uninstall or sign out of a particular device to be able to use on another due to the encryption system which WhatsApp utilizes.Things however looks set for a memorable change if WhatsApp could engineer an Adobe Creative Cloud kind of Sync system.WhatsApp reportedly will let users Sync and access chat history across multiple devices 8Although the option to use WhatsApp for web by scanning a QR code on the desktop app via the mobile app to create the sync has proven to be a worthy addition since.The multiple device support will be across Android and iOS devices. According to wabetainfo , “When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change”.Wabetainfo further adds that WhatsApp could do with a minor addition to its push notifications system. When someone adds a new device in his WhatsApp account, you will be notified because encryption keys change.Moreover, Whatsapp allows for chat backup to either Google drive or custom cloud storage and that could eventually be a deal breaker. This still would need some refinements here and there and ultimately looks a way off public release any sooner but, you never write of the tech ecosystem.One could wake up tomorrow to a solemn endpoint app that just about solves this problem.Also WhatsApp has been working on adding new features for its users, releasing couple significant additions to its user experience as well as the interface at large.Reports suggest WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature called ‘search the web’ to fight fake news. The new feature the source said is an easy way to verify any forwarded message on WhatsApp, however, it is not available to global users yet.WhatsApp is also reportedly working on a Mute Always option so users can mute a group or chat forever if they like. Till now, users have had to resort to a minimum of 8hr mute or maximum 6month mute option for those silly broadcast. This feature however negative it might seems can still be revoked from the Unblock user session present in WhatsApp setting.WhatsApp has also increased the limit of group video calling from 4 people to 8. They did this when the every nation went into hibernation and subsequent lockdown and people were using video chat options to stay in touch with family and friends in addition to colleagues for work.However, remember, to be able to talk to 8 people, all of them need to update the app.What do you make of WhatsApp imminent feature? A miss or one hell of overdue Integration? Let’s hear in the comments section.

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