Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the feature rich Android skins out there. Most of the Indian users prefer MIUI over stock Android due to the exciting features it offers. However, Xiaomi adds its own features to the OS and ignores the ones that Google implements in open source Android. One such feature is the split screen, which was carried out with Android Nougat.
Android Nougat was announced way back in August 2016, but Xiaomi is yet to bring several Android Nougat features to its MIUI. A report from Gizmochina states that Xiaomi is adding the much-awaited split screen feature to MIUI in its next major update, which might be the MIUI 9, touted to be unveiled alongside the Xiaomi Mi 6 on April 19. And yes, we have an official launch date for the Xiaomi Mi 6, it’s going to land on April 19, which is just a week away from now.
Basically, with the split screen feature, users can use two apps at the same time by splitting them to fit the screen. Samsung devices have been offering this feature for a long time now.
Besides the split screen feature, the Apple of China will also add the picture-in-picture feature in the next update. The picture-in-picture mode creates a floating window of the apps, which can be placed anywhere on the screen. This feature is same as the one seen on YouTube app. For the uninitiated, the picture-in-picture mode was introduced in Android Nougat, but it was limited only to tablet users.
Google is planning to bring the same feature to smartphones as well with the Android O update as the feature is already available in the first Developer Preview of Android O. So, it will be a decent addition if Xiaomi adds this feature before Google does it.
MIUI’s next major update will be the MIUI 9, which as mentioned earlier, might be unveiled alongside the Xiaomi Mi 6. MIUI 9 will be based on Android Nougat and is expected to bring various new features.