Xiaomi caves in: app drawer coming to future MIUI builds

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Xiaomi’s MIUI Android OS is going to get a much-requested feature: the app drawer.

While the OS’ POCO Launcher, the default shell for the much-loved budget POCO F1 device, boasted an app drawer, main builds of MIUI haven’t implemented the feature. That means users running the company’s flagships, namely the Mi 9/Mi 9T models, don’t get the added functionality that budget users have.

MIUI’s latest alpha build has done the possible-but-avoided: added an app drawer. Users will soon be able to tap a button to open the app drawer and tap again, or use the back button, to close it. Just like in other builds of Android, you can long press on icons to open quick actions, although that feature is already native to the OS.

Screenshots of the upcoming app drawer were sent to XDA Developers. Find them below.

An image of the new Xiaomi MIUI app drawer

There is no news on whether or not Xiaomi intends to release this for current MIUI 10 users or if they’re waiting on the Android Q-powered MIUI 11 to implement the feature.

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