Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi Music Player and the Mi Video Player at the Mi Pop Play event. Wondering what is new in the Mi Music Player and the Mi Video Player? Well, the biggest difference is that both the services will now get an online streaming feature. Xiaomi has partnered with Hungama for the Music content along with other major content providers for the Mi Video app.
The Mi Music Player seems to be a mishmash of the Hungama Play music app with a few tweaks and new features here and there. At the outset the app feels very similar to what Hungama offers in its standalone version, however, we need to check out the Mi Music player in flesh to gauge the change in user experience. Xiaomi has also introduced Dynamic Lyrics which moves along with the song and is perfect for that Friday night Karaoke party.
Hungama offers songs in 13-Indic languages and more than 10 million freemium songs. That being said we are not sure if the Hungama integration is free of cost or whether Mi users have to pay for the same. Xiaomi has already integrated the Mi Music as part of MIUI Global Beta 8.3.29 ROM. The revamped Mi Music Player will make it to the stable build by end of this month.
Xiaomi claims that the MI Video app has already got a lot of traction for playing offline video tracks. The company has decided to integrate Music and Movie videos content to the Mi Video app. It is for this reason that Xiaomi has partnered with content providers like Sony, Voot, TVF, SunNxt, AltBalaji, Viu, and Flickstree. In the upcoming builds of the Mi Video, Xiaomi will add more content, a Picture in Picture mode, Playback speed option and Floating player. Lastly, the Mi Video app will now come with a single tap Cast button which is super useful for casting content to TV or larger displays.
It is not the first time that a smartphone manufacturer is working on offering online content on their phone. The last time someone made an attempt at such a scale was LeEco with its content-first strategy. It will be interesting to see how Xiaomi will fare when it comes to blending the online content with the phone.