Xiaomi is very known to release weekly beta builds of its mobile operating system MIUI based on Android. Last week, the brand introduced a feature called ‘Front Camera Assistant’ to its UI. Now, the company is adding yet another feature called ‘Smart toolbox’.

MIUI Smart Toolbox
MIUI Smart Toolbox | Source: MIUI System Updates

With the introduction of curved displays, Samsung introduced a feature called ‘Edge panel’ on its flagship smartphones. This helps users to pin certain applications and functions for quick access.

The feature is now not only available on all Samsung phones but also on handsets from other companies like OPPO. The Chinese smartphone maker calls this ‘Smart Sidebar 2.0’ in ColorOS 12.

A similar feature has finally debuted in MIUI as ‘Smart toolbox’. Xiaomi’s implementation is similar to fellow Chinese OEMs.

Users get three options to choose from. They can either access this toolbox always, during gameplay or during video playback.

If always is selected, users can quickly access pinned apps. While with the other two options, the toolbox will show tools related to gaming and videos, in addition to pinned applications.


The feature is currently in its initial stage but eventually, it may get ‘smarter’ like OPPO’s implementation. For instance, ColorOS 12’s Smart Sidebar 2.0 is capable of showing tools based on different usage scenarios.

Xiaomi is known for copying features faster than other companies. But for the first time, it is the last one to introduce a feature that’s available on almost all Android phones.

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