Xiaomi unveils MIUI 12.5 update with less bloatware than iOS, natural notification & system sound effects, more


For the uninitiated, Xiaomi was famously known as the Apple of China back in its early days.

The company was known for selling iPhone-like phones in at attempt to mimic the Apple effect back at home. While this turned out to be a shrewd move by the company, things have since taken a twist.

Today, no Xiaomi smartphone looks like an iPhone. Instead, the company has matured, churning out handsets that are more Android-like than the previous iPhone resemblance.

Now, in an attempt to show the rest of the world how far it has come, Xiaomi has, on stage at the launch event of the latest Mi 11 series, showcased a new version of MIUI — MIUI 12.5 — boasting less bloatware than iOS.


MIUI 12.5 with less bloatware than iOS

The comparison is merely here to tell a simple story of how good MIUI has become. Apparently, MIUI 12.5 only comes with 9 pre-baked Mi apps that cannot be uninstalled, with the rest easily removable.

Indeed, for a company that has often been accused of pre-installing unnecessary apps, this move deserves celebration. But we wait to see the official details of the new MIUI 12.5 update before getting too excited.

There is also a bunch of new system sounds based on nature, you know, much like what MIUI 12 came along with, but just more. As per the company, MIUI 12.5 adds natural notification sound, co-created with global sound artists.

Xiaomi says the update brings the four major habitats of South American rainforest, Australia, East African grassland, and the Arctic Circle.


Over 120 sounds of global creatures are also part of this update alongside new system sound effects derived from natural elements and stereo surround sound field.

Below is a screenshot of the MIUI 12.5 changelog (Click/tap to view):


Since the launch event was held in China, the info available is scarce, but we will be following closely to let you know what else MIUI 12.5 update brings.

Do keep an eye on our MIUI 12.5 update tracker to know when your device bags this latest iteration.


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