Google has already unveiled the next Android O and in fact, the OS is already being used by developers on their Nexus and Pixel devices.
At the upcoming Google I/O 2017, the search engine giant is also expected to make the new Android O official, but it won’t be available for public use until later in Q3 or Q4 2017, just like it happened with Android Nougat. Despite everything, we already have an idea of what the new OS brings to the fold over its predecessor and among the most notable additions is the PIP or picture-in-picture mode.
Apparently, Chinese OEM Xiaomi has plans to add this PIP mode to its upcoming MIUI 9 skin that will be taking over from the current MIUI 8 skin running on top of the stock Android OS. We saw the current Android Nougat bring a bunch of new features to Android smartphones, with the multi-view mode making the most headlines. While Google was making this feature available to the likes of Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X for the first time, a similar feature was already in use on Samsung devices thanks to the OEM’s TouchWiz skin.
Well, what Xiaomi is doing is basically the same thing that Samsung has done before. The Chinese company will also include a bunch of other features in the new MIUI 9 skin, among them the already mentioned multi-view mode, a screen recorder and even the ability to uninstall system apps that you deem useless in your day-to-day activities.
There’s no word on when this MIUI 9 skin will be ready, but the report has reason to believe that July could be the month that Xiaomi takes the wraps off the MIUI 8 successor. It gets even more interesting as the same report adds that some Android 6.0 Marshmallow users who are on MIUI 8 could soon be able to enjoy a bunch of Nougat-based features like split-screen in the near future.
Devices that are expected to receive the new MIUI 9 skin include the recently-launched Xiaomi Mi 6 and its predecessor, the Mi 5 series. The most iconic phone of 2016, Xiaomi Mi MIX, will also be part of the update and so will the likes of Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Mi 4 series, Mi MAX and the entire Redmi Note 4 series.