Xiaomi introduced the Poco F1 smartphone last year. Powered by the flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset, with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, the Poco F1 ditched MIUI custom skin and came with Poco Launcher instead. One of the notable features was the app drawer, which many MIUI users have been asking for, for a long time.
A few months later, Xiaomi released the Poco Launcher for Android phones. Now, it has been updated to a new version called Poco Launcher 2.0. Poco Launcher 2.0 is currently available as a beta via the Google Play Store beta program. Poco Launcher originally started out as the default launcher for the Poco F1 smartphone.
The new Poco Launcher 2.0 app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
It is free to use on any Android smartphone, be it from Samsung or Google or Oppo, among others. The launcher has been decently popular among Xiaomi fans and has surpassed 5 million installs since its availability. The launcher’s stable version last received an update in May, which fixed an issue that led to an auto-repeating clear icon on the main screen.
Poco Launcher 2.0 features
- Talking about new features, the Poco Launcher 2.0 brings a cleaner look, overall smoother performance, semi-transparent backgrounds, and more.
- Look: There are mostly cosmetic and design related changes in the look and feel. By default, there is a white background in the app drawer in the new version of the launcher. One can also go for a semi-transparent background with a black, grey or white layer, allowing you to see your wallpaper from the app drawer. Xiaomi has also made it possible to customize the transparency. For now, the slider can only move in steps of 25% but we can hope for the option of fine-tuning in future updates. You can now have the main image along with ‘dark mode’.
- The company has worked towards making the experience smoother within the app drawer. It has also added more customization options, including a new way to add more apps to a particular app group and the ability to manage app groups via settings.
- The launcher is also intelligent as it categorizes apps based on entertainment, communication, lifestyle, and more. So apps like Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, etc., are automatically added to the entertainment section. One can group app icons by color, install icon packs to add more customization, etc. The launcher also lets you customize the notification badges – you can have them in various shapes like square, circle, etc.
Now, there is also an option to lock the screen by double tapping on it.
The changelog of the new update to POCO Launcher reflects the following new additions:
• Adding, deleting, and renaming custom app categories. Adding and removing apps from the categories is also supported.
• A number of minor UI improvements.
• Boost in overall performance.
• Fixing of some bugs.