An article on PC Mag published earlier today claims that US Mobile is the "first legit" Xiaomi and Meizu carrier in America. This is, frankly, misleading. To clarify immediately: some US T-Mobile MVNO that no one has heard of is working with an electronics distributor in Hong Kong to sell gray market Xiaomi and Meizu devices on its online store, and they don't even support US LTE bands. Read More
Any grizzled veteran of the aftermarket Android community (well, grizzled, in the sense that said community has been around for less than a decade) knows that users complaining about bootloaders is nothing new. Locked phone bootloaders with no user-accessible unlock option have become less of a contentious issue of late, now that customers on Neolithic carriers like AT&T and Verizon have more hardware options. But frustration is brewing in the growing and dedicated fanbase of Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi.
The XDA-Developers blog reports that Xiaomi has added locked bootloaders to several of its phones, including the Redmi Note Pro, Mi 4c, and Mi Note Pro, some of which are getting new bootloaders installed with the latest firmware. Read More
Xiaomi has been pushing the envelope with its mid-range devices in the last few years with low price points and impressive hardware. The just-announced Redmi 3 takes things to a new level, though. For the equivalent of $106 (RMB 699), you get a phone with a brand new Snapdragon chip, a metal chassis, and a massive 4100 mAh battery. And when I say "you," I don't really mean you personally, most likely. This phone is launching in China only for the time being. Read More
If you own a Xiaomi device, and you probably don't if you live outside of Asia, then you're familiar with MIUI. This build of Android ships on all of the company's devices. 7.0 arrived a couple months ago, and now folks are receiving the first update of 2016, version 7.1.
The update is small, and so are many of the tweaks. The file manager has changed private folders to "Hidden Folders," which let you hide files from view and protect them with a password. The code will be the same one guarding your lockscreen unless you leave your phone unlocked. Read More
GoPro is by far the most recognizable action camera brand, but Yi (a Xiaomi company) has been selling the YI Action Camera internationally for some time. Now, it's available in the US for just $99.95. That's a lot cheaper than a current-gen GoPro, and the app looks pretty solid as well. Read More
Xiaomi may not be selling any of its phones or tablets in the west just yet, but the company's announcements have been making news here regardless, and today's new Xiaomi devices prove no different. With jaw-dropping prices and reasonably good specifications, Xiaomi's latest products are still going to have you, or at least your wallet, a bit envious.
The big reveal is the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi's new large(-ish) display offering. With a 5.5" 1080p (LCD, presumably) screen, 2 or 3GB of RAM, MediaTek Helio X10 octacore processor, and 16 or 32GB of storage, it sits firmly in the high end of the mid-range phone kingdom. Read More
The CyanogenMod ROM development team continues to add to its ever-expanding range of officially-supported devices. Today we get a little-known variant from a huge manufacturer and a huge phone from a little-known manufacturer (outside of China, anyway): the dual-SIM version of HTC's 2014 flagship One M8, and Xiaomi's Mi4, respectively. Read More
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So you hate going to the store to pick up a new phone. I hear you. Have you tried ordering online? Huh, you don't want to wait for shipping. Okay. What I'm hearing is that you literally just want to have someone bring you a phone the moment you ask for it. Well, since you live in Malaysia—huh, Singapore, okay, you're still good—you can now order one through Uber. Xiaomi has partnered with the ride-sharing company to deliver its new Mi Note.
Excuse me, I have an American on the line. Read More
In an American expansion that doesn't involve the US, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has announced that it's entering the Brazilian market. This marks the company's first exploration into Latin America. It's bringing along a new phone by the name of the Redmi 2, which will sell for R$499.
If some of Xiaomi's other designs harken to the iPhone, the Redmi 2 brings up thoughts of the Galaxy S6—from the back, at least. Read More
After announcing the launch of its US Mi Store recently, Xiaomi has flipped the switch and is ready to sell you things. Although, "sell" isn't quite accurate—nothing is in stock at the moment. You still won't be able to buy a Xiaomi phone in the US, but it's something at least.