The POCO Launcher, laid over MIUI, was released as the default launcher of POCO F1 last year. Its major talking point was its app drawer. Reason being, MIUI has always lacked this feature, forcing users to rely on third-party launchers. Fortunately for MIUI users, Xiaomi has started testing an app drawer in stock MIUI launcher alongside app shortcuts.
With the new alpha build of the MIUI launcher, version 126.96.36.1995-06141703, is finally getting an app drawer. Based on the screenshots, we understand that users should be able to tap on the middle button in the app bar at the bottom of the home screen to launch the app drawer. However, right now, a swipe from the bottom does not appear to open the app drawer.
When the app drawer is launched, the recently used apps are placed at the top, whereas other apps are listed in alphabetical order. At the top, there’s a downward-facing arrow which can be tapped to make the app drawer collapse. Since, for now, you can’t swipe down on the app drawer to close it, you’ll have to use the back button to do so.
Apart from the addition of the app drawer, this MIUI launcher alpha also gets app shortcuts. These app shortcuts are sets of instant actions which show up when the icon is long-pressed. These app shortcuts were released with Android 7.1 Nougat and permit users to launch any specific part of the app directly to perform certain key tasks.
To download and install
The MIUI launcher is still in its initial stage of development. Therefore, for now, the launcher might be a little unstable and may even crash during usage. Hence, we recommend you to refrain from using it as your default launcher. If you want to give it a try though, you can download it using the link below.
Unfortunately, unlike the POCO launcher, this launcher is limited only to smartphones running MIUI.
To activate the app drawer after installing the new launcher follow these steps:-
Long-press on the home screen — tap on Settings — tap on more – under “Home Screen Settings” tap on the Chinese option — tap on the option for app drawer (as shown in the screenshots)
We expect the irregularities in the launcher to be ironed out as it moves from alpha to beta and eventually to the stable version. The official launch date isn’t out, yet. Stay tuned for details, though!