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MIUI receives application drawer with shortcuts

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Xiaomi MIUI It is one of the most popular custom user interfaces on Android. This is thanks to the fact that it comes pre-installed in most Xiaomi smartphones, but also for its useful additional functions not present in Android stock. However, like most other Chinese custom user interfaces, this It lacks the application drawer.

When Xiaomi launched the Poco brand and the Poco F1 smartphone, the company also announced Poco Launcher. Surprisingly this launcher It has an application drawer. This was well received since users did not have to rely on third-party launchers for this.

Native application drawer in MIUI

Now it seems that Xiaomi is finally ready to introduce the application drawer in the same MIUI. In the last alpha version of the MIUI launcher, which has version 4.10.6.1025-06141703, an application drawer is available.

However, the images show that, instead of the new swipe gesture to open the application drawer, the company has adopted the most classic technique and the user will have to touch the central button on the application bar at the bottom of the home screen to open the drawer. Even so, it is only the beginning and nothing prevents later gestures and actions are added.

In the drawer, installed applications are listed in alphabetical order. At the top of the list of applications, there is a list of recently used applications. There is also an arrow pointing down at the top, which when touched, close the app drawer. The gesture of sliding down to close the drawer does not work yet, but you can use the Back button or this arrow.

Shortcuts to application actions

Together with this app drawer, the MIUI alpha compilation you also get app shortcuts. These are sets of quick actions that are displayed when the application cone is pressed for some time. The feature was first introduced with Android 7.0 Nougat, which allows users to start any specific part of the application directly to perform key tasks. For example, a camera application will allow you to go directly to your video recording section, or auto photos without having to open it before.

You can try to install this alpha compilation of the MIUI launcher on your compatible device. However, it is not advisable to do so as it may not be very stable or may fail during use. Meanwhile we still have Poco Launcher that besides offering the drawer, has gestures and more options.

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