We8217;ve been a little harsh on MIUI since Xiaomi launched in the UK in 2018. There8217;s a lot going on in the software skin that the company layers over Android, but there8217;s one thing it doesn8217;t offer 8211; an app drawer.
That8217;s not uncommon for Chinese brands, or it wasn8217;t until recently. There was a time when Huawei didn8217;t offer it in EMUI and Oppo doesn8217;t have it in Color OS. Why? It8217;s just not the done thing, or, as some suspect, it might be to more closely reflect the experience on the iPhone.
But the app drawer or app tray is one of the things that a lot of people want. When Android first launched, the thing that really set it apart from iOS was the ability to have multiple home pages with apps, widgets, folders pictures and basically whatever you want, safe in the knowledge that all your apps were safely stored in their own section of the launcher.
Both these moves will bring MIUI closer to the experience offered by most other Android brands and as the company looks to expand outside of its homeland China, that could be a big step in getting people to stick with its software and not replace it as soon as the phone is out of the box.