Xiaomi has introduced a desktop interface for Android on a foldable phone

Android is well suited for working with smartphones and tablets. For several years, developers from different companies want to turn this mobile operating system into an “adult” desktop OS. This time, Xiaomi is experimenting with the interface. For more information, see the Selectel material.
So what is it?
Xiaomi has developed a special software platform called PC Mode. It was created exclusively for the Mi Mix Fold, the company’s foldable phone. It can be expanded to get a relatively large screen, for which the usual Android interface is no longer suitable.
Android on a foldable phone
Android is well suited for working with smartphones and tablets. For several years, developers from different companies want to turn this mobile operating system into an “adult” desktop OS. This time, Xiaomi is experimenting with the interface. For more information, see the Selectel material.
So what is it?
Xiaomi has developed a special software platform called PC Mode. It was created exclusively for the Mi Mix Fold, the company’s foldable phone. It can be expanded to get a relatively large screen, for which the usual Android interface is no longer suitable.
The interface created by the Chinese company allows you to turn this “tablet” into a full-fledged desktop. If you use a wireless keyboard, there are no problems at all. Of course, the difference between a 27-inch monitor and this miracle of technology is quite large. But it’s better than just a phone.
To activate the interface, you need to unfold the phone and activate it with a specialized gesture-swipe three fingers from the right edge of the display to the left. As the developers explained, the gesture activates a new mode. It adds “adult” interface elements, including: a toolbar at the bottom of the screen, a Start button whose icon suspiciously resembles the corresponding icon in Windows, a search icon, an icon for open applications, a control panel for volume, screen brightness, and other elements, a battery indicator, date and time, Notifications, and three navigation buttons.
Clicking on the “Start” button displays an additional menu with a list of applications, a search bar, and shortcuts to settings and some other functions.
The interface is very similar to Windows, to a lesser extent — Chrome OS. But “under the hood” — the same Android. There are no changes here, except for the interface. However, this makes it possible to leave several windows open on the desktop at the same time, if necessary.
The developers have added the ability to deploy some applications to the windows of desktop applications. Not all applications are optimized for this interface, so some open in a full-size window, some do not. If necessary, the window size can be changed, which is typical for a desktop OS.

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