With the smartphone landscape continuously changing and evolving through groundbreaking features being introduced by leading manufacturers, it no longer comes as a surprise if smaller players also adapt to the changes and take their game to the next level.
China-based Xiaomi has rolled out the gesture-based controls in its full-screen smartphone offerings, Gadgets360 reported. The controls, which were made popular with the release of Apple's iPhone X, will now be enjoyed by users of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Xiaomi Redmi 5, and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus devices.
A post from PatrickXi, an MIUI team member, noted that the MIUI 9 global beta ROM 7.12.28 adds the new feature in all of the said devices. Much like in the iPhone X that has completely eliminated the physical Home button, the gestures allow users to swipe their finger upwards from the bottom of the screen to return to the Home screen.
To open up the Recents tab, users simply need to swipe upward and hold their finger for about a second. Furthermore, if users want to toggle between apps, they just need to swipe left or swipe right into the middle.
Meanwhile, an XDA report noted that the MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM 7.12.28 update is an improvement of the custom Android skin used by Xiaomi. Apart from the gestures, the update will also include other new features, as well as a few bug fixes. The update automatically restores the top sites setting in Mi browser while addressing the issue the keeps users to add contact members on the Dual Apps for WhatsApp.
In other Xiaomi news, a report from Chinese website CNMO said that the Mi Max 3, the company's next-generation smartphone, will feature a near bezel-less screen. The report said that the upcoming device will sport a huge 7-inch screen, which is much bigger than that of the Mi Max 2's. The screen will also feature an 18:9 aspect ratio display and a resolution of 2,160 x 1080 pixels.