During this time, Xiaomi did not equip its interface software, MIUI, with an app drawer or button to display a list of apps installed on the device. As a result, many Mi Fans have to download the “app drawer” from a third party.
After a long wait, Xiaomi is finally ready to release its own app drawer, and it will be installed directly on the MIUI.
This app drawer is embedded in MIUI version 18.104.22.1685-06141703 which is still in the initial development stage. From the outstanding screenshots, Xioami still uses the usual method with a button on the home screen to open it, instead of using a gesture.
After opening, a row of apps will appear alphabetically. The app list is divided into two categories. The top side is the line of newly opened apps (recent apps), while the bottom will display all apps installed on the mobile.
The app drawer can be closed by pressing the down arrow, or by pressing the back button. Sadly, it cannot be closed with gestures swiping the screen down.
Besides the app drawer, there are also shortcuts to open the app. When the app is pressed for a while, some key features of the app will appear so that it can be used quickly.
Indeed, the shortcut feature is not a new thing. As reported by KompasTekno from Gizmo China, Wednesday (06/19/2019), this feature has been around since Android 7 Nougat OS.
Because it is still in the early development, this Xiaomi app drawer scheme is still potentially overhauled from the info that has been revealed at this time.
Users can indeed try the drawer by downloading it through a third party platform. But therefore, the third party will not run stable so that it will affect the user experience.
It’s good to be patient until Xiaomi actually releases it officially. Sadly, it is not yet known when this app drawer will be officially launched.