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Hello Mi Fans,
Xiaomi’s MIUI is one of the most popular custom Android user interface as it comes pre-installed on most of the Xiaomi smartphones. However, like most other Chinese custom UIs, this one too lacks the app drawer.
When Xiaomi launched the Poco brand and Pocophone F1 smartphone, the company also announced Poco Launcher which surprisingly features an application drawer. This was well-received as users didn’t have to rely on third-party launchers.
Now, it seems that Xiaomi is finally ready to introduce app drawer in the MIUI itself. In the latest alpha build of the MIUI launcher, which carries version 18.104.22.1685-06141703, an app drawer is found.
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However, the images show that instead of the new swipe gesture to open the app drawer, the company has adopted the older technique and the user will have to tap on the middle button in the app bar at the bottom of the home screen to open the app drawer.
In the app drawer, the installed applications are listed in the alphabetical order. On top of the apps list, there’s a list of recently used apps. There’s also a downward-facing arrow on the top, which when tapped, collapses the app drawer. Swipe down gesture to close the drawer doesn’t work but you can use the back button or the downward-facing arrow.
Along with this app drawer, the alpha build of the MIUI also gets support for app shortcuts. These are sets of quick actions which show up when the app icon is long-pressed. The feature was first introduced with Android 7.0 Nougat which enables users to launch any specific part of the app directly to perform key tasks.
You can go to the source link to install this alpha build of the MIUI launcher on your compatible device. However, we recommend not to do so given that it may not be very stable or might crash during usage. While the Poco Launcher is available for all device, this one is limited to the device running MIUI.