With each MIUI version, Xiaomi brings a bunch of new features and improvements for its users to relish. Moreover, it does not stop adding or refining existing features to provide users the best user experience.

Take for example the default system launcher. Over the past few months, Xiaomi has been experimenting with several new features for the MIUI 12 system launcher through its beta channel.


As regular PiunikaWeb readers would know, we’ve covered most of the major new additions to the MIUI 12 system launcher such as the Horizontal Recents option, redesigned icons section, and more.

Not only new features, but Xiaomi has also rolls out updates for the MIUI launcher to fix bugs or refine certain elements as we’ve reported earlier.

Traditionally, most of the new features are introduced via alpha updates that are available to a limited number of users only before making their way to the stable ROMs.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (global)

Now, a couple of new MIUI alpha launcher updates have been released which bring a few new functions to the MIUI 12 system launcher and also fix some existing bugs.

The version update adds a new system navigation mode to configure page vibration. However, it will be available on models with linear motors only.

It also brings a new slide-up animation to the multitasking page and fixes random glitches amongst a few other things. Here’s the changelog for this update:

1. Optimized desktop storage;
2. Fixed random glitches;
3. Added system navigation mode to configure page vibration (models with linear motors only);
4. Optimized cleaning of the widget ribbon;
5. Changed horizontal multitasking page, slide up animation;
6. Optimized the performance of the application uninstall explosion animation on the desktop.
(Translated from Chinese)

Apart from this, the latest alpha update that released on December 18 — version — also brings some new adjustments and animations.


The wallpaper scaling parameters have been tweaked and Xiaomi has added a new Ripple animation effect when downloading apps from GetApps in China. Here’s the changelog:

1. Optimized desktop memory;
2. Adjusted the wallpaper scaling parameters;
3. Added some models to add water ripple animation download (Chinese GetApps only).

We’ve shared the download links for both MIUI launcher beta updates below.

Download MIUI launcher:

  • Application: MIUI Launcher
  • Channel: Alpha
  • Version:
  • Version:

As you can tell, Xiaomi has been making significant improvements to the MIUI system launcher. At present, these new additions are currently only available to beta testers in China.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 aka Mi CC9 Pro in China

Although, users on the Global ROM can install the update but may not be able to use or see all the new features, animations, and tweaks.

Moreover, it’s unclear if and when these new features would be ported over to the stable ROM for the public to use and experience.

We will continue to track all developments for the MIUI 12 system launcher so stay tuned to PiunikaWeb to know when the MIUI launcher bags new features or improvements.

It’s likely we’ll see some of these features being added via the upcoming MIUI 12.5 update. More on that here. That said, let us know your thoughts on the new MIUI launcher features we covered here in the comments below.

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My fascination with Android phones began the moment I got my hands on one. Since then, I've been on a journey to decode the ever-evolving tech landscape, fueled by a passion for both the "how" and the "why." Since 2018, I've been crafting content that empowers users and demystifies the tech world. From in-depth how-to guides that unlock your phone's potential to breaking news based on original research, I strive to make tech accessible and engaging.

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