While the smartphone market is ever-booming with more and more new handsets arriving with each passing day, it's actually welcoming to see that handset makers are also looking into the software aspect of things. Hence we have the inflow of new UIs in the market.
It hasn't been long since Chinese handset maker Xiaomi first introduced its MIUI interface alongside the new Mi 3. The MIUI interface is actually a fresh look at the entire Android deal and the custom UI that's slapped on it all the time.
The Xiaomi-based MIUI offers a host of built-in features that are quite welcome as compared to the native UI that we seen arriving with Android all the time. And if going by the old saying "morning shows the day," we have to say that the MIUI is destined for big things.
The Xolo-based HIVE interface was unveiled recently as well. As with any new UI, Xolo hopes that changes like these would help differentiate its smartphones from its competitor's smartphones. Needless to say, Xolo has made notes out of the success garnered by Xiaomi with its own UI and is now looking to make a similar name for itself.
But if we are to take both the user interfaces and strike a comparison among the two in several different areas, who do you think will stand apart in the test? We take a closer look at the top 5 differences.
Leaving aside both the UIs and their features, pricing will determine a lot in deciding who takes the upper in the race for the perfect UI. In the case of Xiaomi, the MIUI accompanies handsets that not only offer great specs but are also priced to ease the pocket. Xolo, however, is entering the price segment that already hotly contested. And riding on the new HIVE to make it a premier handset maker may not be enough.
Xolo is currently in the evolution mode. This means it still has a lot to see and understand before it can actually be rated among the top 3 Indian handset makers in the market. However, Xiaomi, on the other hand, is already quite the brand in China and doesn't have to sweat it out much. Xolo has to have more than just HIVE to establish itself properly in the market.
Xolo may have introduced the new HIVE with a lot of expectations that it will actually help leverage the company's name, but we are not even halfway in seeing whether the company's plans will fall in place. However, Xiaomi is headed by former Google hotshot Hugo Barra and he isn't an unknown character. So users are more intrigued to see if the Barra effect is apparent on the MIUI. And happily, it is.
On the arrival of the both Mi 3 and the MIUI, Xiaomi had also announced that the company will be putting up Xiaomi-based service centers all acoss the country to deal with any inconvenience. And that's only normal since some of us may run into few problems related to the UI. Xolo should take a cue from that and see if it can go a step ahead.
These are early days. However, going by whatever we have seen this far, the Xolo-based HIVE UI still needs to be optimized to improve the overall user experience. In fact, the UI doesn't feel as compelling as what we have seen with the MIUI. As we said before, the Xolo-made UI still needs to go the distance before it can become as impressive as the MIUI.