Xiaomi began locking bootloaders on many of its devices this week, making the change via an over-the-air (OTA) update. The update has left many customers with a bricked device, leaving many users furious at the company.
Besides unveiling the Redmi Note 3 that sports a massive 4,000mAh battery, Xiaomi also took the wraps off its latest tablet, the Mi Pad 2, powered by a quad-core Intel processor and sporting an all-metal body. Much in the same vein as the Redmi Note 3, the Mi Pad 2 offers a high-spec experience for an affordable price, with the 16GB variant running MIUI 7, and a 64GB version that will be available running either MIUI 7 or Windows 10. Read more
Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone maker that may sound familiar. Although Xiaomi handsets are not popular in the United States, it is on top of all smartphone manufacturers in China. The company is mostly known for impressive devices at affordable price points.
Xiaomi has announced the latest version of its custom Android user interface and it looks a lot like iOS. MIUI 6 focuses on simplistic and intuitive design, enhanced usability, and reliable security. Regardless of why you think MIUI looks the way it does, Xiaomi has a pretty damn nice user interface on its hands.
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Xiaomi has released its MIUI Android ROM which supports tablet devices. The ROM is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7.
The company said that this isn’t just based on the MIUI V5 software, but is a completely revamped software with native apps, system menus and new screen animations suited for both screen orientations.
The news couldn’t have come at a better time for the company. Just as they wrangled away former Android icon Hugo Barra from Google, Xiaomi announced that they have reached 1 billion downloads from their MIUI app store in one year. Xiaomi’s UI is based on Android firmware, so it’s no wonder that so many apps have been developed for the platform. (Being located in the most populated region in the world helps a lot too.)
Since the company launched its MIUI app store, it has gained over 17 million active users with over 1.3 million daily searches. Add 5 million daily downloads to the recipe and you come out with with #5 ranked app store in China. (Out of over 200.)
We should expect to see more from Xiaomi in the coming year— we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what they’ve got up their sleeves, are you?
As part of its plan make to a major splash for 2013, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is rumored to quietly working on a special smartphone called the Red Rice behind the scenes— a device that could potentially redefine the budget category as we know it. According to tech site IT168, the smartphone is expected to operate on Xiaomi’s custom MIUI OS and feature a dual-core processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 8 gigs of storage and a 2,000mAh battery. Additionally, the device will be dual-SIM compatible and also have support for traditional GSM and TD-SCDMA technologies for Chinese customers out there looking for a traditional 3G or higher-speed technology. All of those specs add up to a shocking price— 799 yuan or roughly $130— meaning that customers in China will have a solid device that could be head and shoulders above other budget-line devices at that price range.
Of course nothing is confirmed just yet, but all indications are pointing out to the MIUI v5-based Red Rice seeing an October release— meaning that customers will have a lot to look forward to right before the holidays.
The Chinese manufactured ROM dubbed as MIUI have reached a milestone with 10 million users world wide. For an aftermarket Android OS firmware, this is certainly a huge feat for the team. With a mix of iOS like aesthetics paired with the power and flexibility of Android, MIUI has been popular for rooted users for a couple of years now. Congrats to the MIUI team! Curious to see what MIUI is? Head on over after the break for a video of the ROM.
MIUI has proven to be a highly desirable aftermarket firmware among the developer community, and today marks the initial release of Jelly Bean builds for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus S. Currently, the ROMs contain no major bugs, which is good news considering previous Ice Cream Sandwich builds offered less than ideal functionality. The massive changelog offers an in-depth look at the the backend changes that had to be made to support the bump to Android 4.1. Fresh features include a revamped video player UI, a new contact manager and hundreds of optimizations. You can read the official instructions and download your ROM after the break.