MIUI 12 with Dark Mode 2.0, Smart Wallpaper Dimming


MIUI 12, the next version of Xiaomi’s Android-based operating system for smartphones, will be introduced with Dark Mode 2.0, as the company announced in a teaser on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo. The new dark mode offers features such as intelligent dimming of background images and dynamic font adjustments to achieve an improved user experience, especially in low-light environments. MIUI 12 will also expand the coverage of the system-wide dark mode that MIUI 10 introduced on Xiaomi devices in early 2019.

According to the teasers published on the MIUI account on Weibo, one of the big changes MIUI 12 will bring to users will be the intelligent dimming of wallpapers. This new feature makes the necessary changes to the background image to simulate the time of day, rather than darkening the entire background image once dark mode is activated. Apple has previously provided a similar experience on macOS with a dynamic background setting. Similarly, various third-party live wallpapers on Google Play are trying to offer something similar.

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MIUI 12 is presented for the first time with an intelligent function for dimming background images
Photo credit: Weibo

The teaser image does not indicate whether the function for dimming smart wallpapers is limited to a handful of system wallpapers – similar to macOS – or is available for all wallpapers.

In addition to intelligently dimming background images, Xiaomi has confirmed that MIUI 12 will expand dark mode coverage to 42 system apps and 20 mainstream apps. This means that you can turn on dark mode for many apps that don’t even support it natively. Xiaomi will also use a non-linear conversion of the LAB and HSV color space to achieve a natural dark effect on over 100 global apps.

MIUI 12 also includes dynamic font adjustments to automatically reduce the weight of the system font and limit glare on the screen. MIUI 11 already brought a dynamic writing system that would make the new experience possible. Overall, the new addition is intended to improve legibility in poor lighting conditions by changing the font size.

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MIUI 12 includes dynamic font adjustments
Photo credit: Weibo

The presence of Dark Mode 2.0 on MIUI 12 also leads to dynamic adjustments to the contrast. This works along with the ambient brightness to provide a comfortable viewing experience. In addition, integration into the technology developed by the German TÜV Rheinland to reduce eye strain will take place.

All of these features will certainly make MIUI 12 a promising operating system in the world, which includes Huawei EMUI, OnePlus OxygenOS, Oppos ColorOS and Vivos FuntouchOS. However, we still have to see how the new MIUI version will solve annoying advertising problems that we have seen in previous generations. The Android-based operating system, like its counterparts from Huawei, OnePlus and Vivo, is also notorious for containing a number of preinstalled apps that cannot be uninstalled and that need to access personal data without adding value.

Nevertheless, on April 27, Xiaomi announced MIUI 12 as the next update in the MIUI family. The start is via an online livestream, in which the China version of the Mi 10 Lite 5G is also announced.