MIUI 12 launched with visual redesign, Dark Mode 2.0, much more

Xiaomi has now revealed that after half a year of testing, the AI ​​phone assistant has answered 4 million calls for closed beta users. With MIUI 12, Xiaomi has officially upgraded the AI phone assistant to a feature called “AI Calling.” With it, users will be able to customize the language in which they want their calls to be answered.

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Xiaomi has announced a new version of its Android skin MIUI. Succeeding MIUI 11, the latest MIUI 12 software will bring a number of UI and visual improvements to eligible Xiaomi phones. It also gets new features such as a revamped dark mode, improved privacy and security tools, new animations, new wallpapers, and much more.

At its MIUI 12 reveal event, Xiaomi also noted that MIUI now has 310 million monthly active users and that the latest version is the first mobile operating system that has passed TÜV Rheinland’s “Android System Enhanced Privacy Protection Test.”

Let’s break down all the new features of MIUI 12 along with details about phones eligible to receive the update.

MIUI 12 features

MIUI Dark Mode 2.0

miui 12 dark mode

The new Dark Mode 2.0 on MIUI 12 will bring wallpaper dimming to Xiaomi phones. The feature will work in tandem with the time of day and will gradually dim the wallpaper as daylight changes to night time.

Xiaomi is also tweaking the way text is displayed as users switch between light and dark modes. In MIUI 12, the phone will automatically adjust the weight and boldness of the font to reduce glare when the dark mode is turned on. Font contrast will also be adjusted depending on the user’s ambient environment. This should vastly improve legibility of text in low-lit conditions.

MIUI Sensory Visual Design

miui sensory visual design

In MIUI12, Xiaomi has visualized the core system information, allowing you to see the status of the system at a glance. Xiaomi is calling this the new “Sensory Visual Design.” What this basically means is that now when you visit the Settings page on your phone or check out things like storage availability, you will see the system information presented in the form of graphs and visual diagrams, making it easier to understand and consume. You can see examples of Xiaomi’s new design in the images above.

MIUI Super Wallpapers

new wallpapers which are launched in xiaomis next update

Xiaomi has also introduced “Super Wallpapers” with MIUI 12. The company has created high-precision animated 3D models of Mars and Earth based on available space exploration data. You will be able to set these Super Wallpapers on both your locked and unlocked phone screens. When the dark mode is turned on, the planet chosen by you for the wallpaper will also enter night time, thereby enhancing your visual experience.

New animations

Xiaomi has focused a lot on visual redesign when it comes to MIUI 12. The new skin will bring realistic weather animations and show real-time weather changes displayed in the form of a time-lapse movie on your screen.

The animation of app icons also gets a refresh. App icons will now generate real-time feedback based on your gestures. Xiaomi says changes in gesture direction and speed will cause application icons to react differently.

For instance, when you delete an application, the ripple animation will also affect the surrounding app icons.

In other areas, you’ll notice new animations for screen rotation, opening and closing apps, and more.

New gestures

MIUI 12 also brings some new gestures to your phones. For instance, you will be able to swipe down on the notifications panel to interact with a notification without having to abandon what you’re doing. You can also slide down on the notification panel to expand it into a small window, which you can then freely drag around the screen for a split-screen effect.

MIUI 12 AI calling

miui ai calling feature

Xiaomi has been training its AI assistant — Xiao AI — to answer calls for users since last year. It’s similar to Google’s Call Screening feature which was introduced with the Pixel 3.

Xiaomi has now revealed that after half a year of testing, the AI ​​phone assistant has answered 4 million calls for closed beta users. With MIUI 12, Xiaomi has officially upgraded the AI phone assistant to a feature called “AI Calling.” With it, users will be able to customize the language in which they want their calls to be answered. They will also be able to switch between automatic or manual call answering. However, it’s unclear right now if the feature will roll out to users outside of China.

Enhanced privacy

MIUI 12 also brings enhanced privacy features to Xiaomi phones. For instance, you can now choose to grant permissions to apps only once or only while you’re using them. Permissions will be revoked once you’re done using an app. For apps that don’t clarify the use of permissions on your phone, the “Always Allow” option will not be provided.

MIUI 12 will also help users keep track of app behavior. You will be able to view a record of how an app behaves on your phone, the information it collects, the other applications it uses, etc, all in one place.

Photo sharing will also be safer. Xiaomi says sensitive information such as device details will be removed from image files before you share them with anyone.


MIUI 12 release date and availability

Xiaomi says that it’ll start rolling out the stable version of MIUI 12 by the end of June, 2020. Meanwhile, it’ll open the beta testing program in China today at 6AM ET.


Eligible MIUI 12 update phones

The Xiaomi and Redmi phones eligible to receive the stable MIUI 12 update starting June include the following devices:

First batch

Second batch

Third batch

  • Mi Mix 2
  • Redmi 8, 8A
  • Redmi 7, 7A
  • Mi CC9, CC9 Pro, CC9e

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Source: Android Authority

Canon EOS R5 DSLR: Every new feature you should know

Canon has finally thrown some light on the feature and design aspect of its much-anticipated camera EOS R5. Canon believes the all-new Canon EOS R5 is one of its most significant cameras after its full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Through a live-streaming press event, the camera maker has highlighted the details of the camera and also explained why they believe the upcoming DSLR can do spectacularly well once it hits the market.

Canon has finally thrown some light on the feature and design aspect of its much-anticipated camera EOS R5. Canon believes the all-new Canon EOS R5 is one of its most significant cameras after its full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Through a live-streaming press event, the camera maker has highlighted the details of the camera and also explained why they believe the upcoming DSLR can do spectacularly well once it hits the market.

canon eos r5 first look

Canon EOS R5 could record videos in 8K resolution

As explained in the live streaming event, the upcoming Canon EOS R5 would be capable of recording 8K resolution videos at 30 frame-per-second in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ. The much-anticipated camera would also be capable of recording 4K videos as well at 120 frame-pre-second in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ to keep action photographers happy. The upcoming camera could also record 4K videos at 60 frame-per-second over HDMI.

The camera maker explained, the Canon EOS R5 would utilise the full width of the sensor and won’t crop while recording any video at 8K or 4K resolution. The camera would also utilise the dual pixel CMOS AF while recording any high-resolution video in 8K or 4K resolution. Photographers can also avail of the C-Log while using the camera in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.

For the action photographers

Besides, the Canon EOS R5 would utilise optical image stabilisation and 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with the RF and EF based lenses. For users’ convenience, the camera would also sport a dual card slot which would be capable of holding a CFexpress and an SD UHS-II card.

Canon has remained tight-lipped regarding the availability or the price of EOS R5. The company has also remained silent regarding the sensor size and other details of the camera. But according to earlier leaks, the Canon EOS R5 is expected to come with a compact design in contrast to other popular video cameras in the market. The Canon EOS R5 is expected to hit the shelves before the festive season this year.

Source: International Business Times

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Google Pixel 4A: Pricing, release date and Features

The Google Pixel 4a is almost certain to launch in the next month or two, and as the next iteration of Google’s popular budget phone nears, there’s actually precious little we don’t know about this phone. Thankfully, if you don’t feel the same, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up all the relevant, credible, and interesting info that’s been leaked about the 4a to date.

The Google Pixel 4a is almost certain to launch in the next month or two, and as the next iteration of Google’s popular budget phone nears, there’s actually precious little we don’t know about this phone. Thankfully, if you don’t feel the same, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up all the relevant, credible, and interesting info that’s been leaked about the 4a to date. Google’s not exactly done a great job keeping this phone under wraps, so we’ve got a largely complete picture, and it looks like this new phone will largely stick to the formula that made its predecessor such a darling with critics and consumers alike.

What will google pixel 4A actually look like?

Physically, it looks something like a lovechild between the current Pixel 3a and Google’s recent Pixel 4, featuring what looks like an all-plastic curved unibody and a Pixel 4-style square camera bump — which still looks like it only houses a single camera.

Bezels are just about gone as the phone picks up a nearly edge-to-edge screen, sporting one of those newfangled “hole-punch” or “pinhole” designs, with a front-facing camera embedded right beneath the display in the top left corner.

A rear-mounted fingerprint sensor lies around back, which, together with the front bezels, indicates there’s no secure infrared camera-based face unlock (as with the Pixel 4).

We’ve seen leaks showing the phone in the usual white and black colorways, and we expect the wildcard may be a light blue hue of some kind (according to YouTuber Dave Lee).

Measurements for the Pixel 4a clock in at 144.2 x 69.5 x 8.2mm (9mm at the camera bump), which is just a bit smaller than the Pixel 3a. Dimensions regarding a bigger XL variant haven’t leaked, and we’re pretty sure at this point that there won’t be one (more on that later).

One phone or two?

Just oneDavid Lee claims we’ll just get one size for the Pixel 4a. Corroborating that, only one device codename (sunfish) has been conclusively tied to the Pixel 4a, and it’s also the only name to have surfaced more recently in a Camera app teardown.

At one point, 9to5Google had its own sources which claimed a larger 4a XL was still in the works, but if it existed, it was probably scrapped.

We’re pretty confident there will be only one size for the Pixel 4a.

What are the specs?

At this point, we have a good idea of the hardware that will be included in the Pixel 4a. Between the known details connected to the “sunfish” codename and the details garnered by the Cuban device leak, we can paint a nearly complete picture by the numbers.

More recently, 9to5Google got its own separate confirmation of the specs corroborating all the earlier leaks — which didn’t add much new information outside the possibility of a larger 128GB storage size.

Google Pixel 4A SPECS

ChipsetSnapdragon 730
RAM6GB
Display~5.81″ OLED 1080×2340, 60Hz, hole-punch camera
Storage64GB or 128GB UFS 2.1 (both numbers have leaked so far, we may see one or both sizes)
Camera12.2MP primary, 8MP front-facing
Dimensions144.2 x 69.5 x 8.2mm (9mm at the camera bump) for the 4a, 4a XL unknown
Battery3,080mAh, 18W fast charging (probably USB PD)
MiscHeadphone jack, Type-C charging, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Google Titan M security chip, no wireless charging
ColorsAt least two named colors: Just Black and Barely Blue. A white model may also be coming.

Although it was previously speculated that “redfin” or “bramble” could be different variants of the Pixel 4a, signs now point to them being the upcoming Pixel 5, so we probably won’t see a version of the Pixel 4a with a Snapdragon 765.

Can we call it Pixel 4A 5G?

No, The “sunfish” hardware name, which has been conclusively tied to the Pixel 4a, will specifically not support 5G given the chipset it uses.

Although we previously thought that two other hardware names (“redfin” and “bramble”could be associated with the Pixel 4a series — and their details indicate they will support a 5G-compatible chipset — we’ve since come to believe those two devices are actually the upcoming Pixel 5. That means the Pixel 4a will be a 4G-only affair. Not that it matters right now.

How much will it cost?

Starting at $400.

google pixel 4a advertisement

Recent leaks indicate a $400 starting price, and the previous Pixel 3a also started at $400. More recent leaks suggest we might have a 128GB storage configuration available as well, which could come at an increased cost.

When will Pixel 4A actually come out?

Google hasn’t established a habit for this new “a” series of phones, but if we had to guess, we think Google will probably release it around May 12th-14th, the original dates of this year’s Google I/O developer conference, following last year’s I/O release for the Pixel 3a. However, Google first canceled its in-person event for I/O earlier this year over coronavirus concerns, but even the online event was later given the ax, and that could disrupt the release timeline. For all we know, it might be released a bit earlier or a bit later now.

Delaying release cycles is the last thing the company needs to do, and although 9 to 5 Google previously heard that it will probably arrive at I/O again, we have no idea how the pandemic and subsequent global lockdown may have affected the company’s release plans.

Source : Android Police

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