Google Pixel XL (marlin) launched in October 2016. The phone came out of the box with Android 7.1 Nougat and later upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie. While it ultimately boils down to personal preference, yet there is no denying the fact that MIUI is hands down among the most customizable and feature-rich Android skin. And with each new iteration of MIUI, the Chinese OEM keeps on adding some pretty nifty and important features to its customized OS. However there are many users out who don’t have a Xiaomi or Redmi device, but still, wish to get a taste of the MIUI 12 builds. Well, thanks to the open-source nature of Android, this is very much possible. Users having the Pixel XL device could now install the latest MIUI 12 on their devices.
Since it is a Custom ROM, there are a few prerequisites to keep in mind. One of them requires an unlocked bootloader. Apart from that, you might also need a custom recovery like TWRP. This is because you cannot flash any custom ROM via the stock recovery. Apart from that, there are some other important prerequisites that your device should meet, which we have mentioned in the respective section. We will also be listing out the steps to install MIUI 12 ported ROM on the Pixel XL device. But before that, let’s check out the feature list of MIUI 12.
MIUI 12: Whats New?
Here are some of the noteworthy features of the latest MIUI 12.
Improved Dark Mode
Although Dark was still there in MIUI 11, the new iteration of MUI has bought in some pretty nifty changes to it. it has now introduced the wallpaper dimming functionality, which automatically dims the brightness of the wallpaper as per the time of the day. Furthermore, there are some changes to the text as well. The contrast of the text is also now self-adjustable according to the time of the day. This proves to be a big boon for the users who use their devices at night or under low lighting conditions.
Sensory Visual Desing
The Sensory Visual Design functionality allows you to view all the important device information in one single place. These include the information related to battery screen on time, DND, and other device-related functionalities. All these are shown in detailed graphs or visually appealing diagrams and flowcharts.
There’s also a slew of new animations added to the latest MIUI 12. These include the realistic weather animations, real-time weather changes, and even some animations to the app icons when you interact with them. Furthermore, some animation sounds have also made its way in this MIUI version.
Who doesn’t love cool terrestrial wallpapers? Xiaomi has added some 3D models of Earth and Mars in the set of Super Wallpapers belonging to the geographic domain. Both these wallpapers, apart from being aesthetically pleasing, has some nifty tricks up its sleeves. The best part about these wallpapers is that they change their color based on the time of the day. Furthermore, just like any other wallpaper, you could set them as either as a lock screen or the home screen wallpaper.
With a big screen comes bigger responsibility! Nowadays most of the devices have screen sizes over 6.3 inches. One of the major drawbacks of these large screen sizes is the inability of many to reach the notification panel. However, the Chinese OEM seems to have made a note of the same and has added a new gesture to MIUI 12. You no longer need to reach the top of the notification bar to access the notifications. A simple swipe down from anywhere on the screen should now do the job for you.
Well, these are just some of the important feautres of MIUI 12. For the complete list, refer to our detailed guide on MIUI 12. With that said, here is how to Install MIUI 12 Ported ROM on the Pixel XL device.
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MIUI 12 Ported ROM for Pixel XL
Before we list out the steps to do so, please go through the below requirements section and make sure your device follows each one of them.
- Your device should have an unlocked bootloader. If you haven’t done so, refer to our guide on how to unlock the bootloader on Pixel XL.
- Next up, also make sure that the TWRP Recovery is installed on your device. The linked post also shows the steps to root your device. However, that is not compulsory, it is optional. You may easily skip it. However, if you wish to root, then please do so after flashing the below MIUI 12 ported ROM by flashing the Magiks ZIP via TWRP.
- Likewise, create a complete backup of your Android device. This is because you will have to wipe off data before flashing the ROM.
That is all the requirements that you will be needing. Now let us check out some of the features of this ROM. After this, we will show you how to install MIUI 12 on your Pixel XL device.
What's Working and What's Not?
Almost everything, check bugs!
What doesn’t work / Bugs:
FOD (Fingerprint Unlock, we may need full vendor port for it)
AOD shows up only for a second
Punch Hole is a tiny bit too big on the right side (battery ring app could help as a temp fix)
Auto rotation may crash Your phone
Connecting to WiFi for the first time might soft reboot Your phone.
120Hz doesn’t work yet (planning to add toggles to JRH App)
Flashlight toggle doesn’t do anything, use 3rd party app for it.
You might want to check out how the MIUI 12 ported ROM will look on your Pixel XL. In this regard, we have added a few screenshots that might give an idea or two of the same.
Download MIUI 12 for Pixel XL
You could now download the MIUI 12 ported ROM for your device from the below link. Once you have downloaded it, transfer it to your device. It is recommended to move it to the SD card or the Pen Drive (via USB OTG cable), However, if that is not possible, you could still transfer it to your phone memory. This is because we won’t be wiping the internal memory.
- Download MIUI 12: Link
- Transfer the ROM to your device and boot it to the TWRP recovery using the hardware key combinations.
- Once done, head over to Wipe and select System, Vendor, Cache, Dalvik, and Data. Perform a right swipe to wipe the selected partitions.
- Now go back to the TWRP main menu and this time tap on Install.
- Navigate to the downloaded ROM, select it, and perform a right swipe to install it on your Pixel XL device.
- Finally, head back to Reboot and tap on System. Your device will now boot to the newly installed OS!
So with this, we conclude the guide on how to install the MIUI 12 ported ROM on your Pixel XL device. Do keep in mind that the first boot will take time. It is completely normal. Furthermore, you will also have to set up your device from scratch. Once that is done, we would love to hear your views on the newly installed Xiaomi’s customized Android OS skin on your Pixel XL device. Do drop in your views in the comments section below. Rounding off, here are some iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.
Pixel XL Device Specifications:
Talking about the specifications, Google Pixel XL features a 5.5-inches display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32/128GB internal memory. The camera on the Google Pixel XL comes with 12.3MP and 8MP front shooting camera. It is backed by a Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery with Fast battery charging. It also has Fingerprint sensor on the back.