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The joys, disappointments, and sorrows of using MIUI on the Poco F1 (updated)

The joys, disappointments, and sorrows of using MIUI on the Poco F1 (updated)

We don't often discuss Xiaomi's software layer here on Android Police, but it isn't for lack of desire to. Most of our team lives in the US where Xiaomi doesn't officially operate and, even if we were to import units there, they wouldn't be compatible with most carriers' LTE bands. I'm based in Lebanon, and the first limitation applies here as well, but imported devices do work (we have LTE band 3), so I've been trying to get my hands on some of the companies' phones to test them out.

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Pocophone F1 durability test reveals lots of plastic but solid construction

Pocophone F1 durability test reveals lots of plastic but solid construction

When you buy a phone, you don't want it to fall apart even if it's a "budget" device. The Pocophone F1 costs a mere $300-ish and comes with top-of-the-line internals. Did Xiaomi cut some corners in the build to keep the price low? As usual, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has sacrificed a phone to find out.

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You can buy the Pocophone F1 in the US, but you probably shouldn't

You can buy the Pocophone F1 in the US, but you probably shouldn't

Xiaomi is a huge smartphone maker in many parts of the world, but not in the US. When the company announced its Pocophone sub-brand, there was some hope it could come to American shores. That doesn't appear to be the case, at least not officially. You can already purchase the Pocophone F1 from several US eBay sellers, but there are a few things to know before you do.

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[Update: Mate 20 Lite and Pocophone F1, too] ARCore adds support for Galaxy Note9 and Tab S4, Xperia XZ2 line, and Nokia 6.1 Plus

[Update: Mate 20 Lite and Pocophone F1, too] ARCore adds support for Galaxy Note9 and Tab S4, Xperia XZ2 line, and Nokia 6.1 Plus

ARCore's list of supported devices was just updated earlier this month, but with the introductions of so many new Android devices, a second revision for the month of August was required. Samsung's latest and greatest, the Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy Tab S4, are present, as are all three members of the Xperia XZ2 line and the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

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Pocophone F1 lacks support for Widevine L1, HD playback in Netflix and other apps don't work

Pocophone F1 lacks support for Widevine L1, HD playback in Netflix and other apps don't work

Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 has already made waves in the smartphone industry for being incredibly affordable; a ~$300 phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor is virtually unheard of. Budget phones are inherently going to have some tradeoffs, and a less-obvious one has been discovered: lack of support for Widevine L1 DRM.

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Pocophone F1 global pricing revealed, starting as low as ~$300 USD

Pocophone F1 global pricing revealed, starting as low as ~$300 USD

The Pocophone F1 was revealed a few days ago, quickly taking the Android world by storm. With its Snapdragon 845, dual rear cameras, and 4,000mAh battery, it looked set to take on the flagships of the world, but at a much less eye-watering price of around just $300 USD. We already knew the pricing for India, but the figures for the rest of the world were revealed earlier today.

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Poco F1 by Xiaomi could be a true flagship killer: $300 for SD845 and LiquidCool technology

Poco F1 by Xiaomi could be a true flagship killer: $300 for SD845 and LiquidCool technology

Earlier in the month, we reported on rumors that Xiaomi was preparing to launch a subbrand offering flagship specs at affordable prices in an overt attempt to compete with OnePlus. Pocophone's first device is now official after an event in New Delhi, India, streamed live on YouTube.

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Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi set to rival OnePlus with flagship specs, speedy performance, and affordable pricing

Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi set to rival OnePlus with flagship specs, speedy performance, and affordable pricing

We've been hearing a bunch of rumors the past few days about a new sub-brand from Xiaomi, and a series of leaks have spilled pretty much all there is to know about the upcoming Pocophone F1. Now, the Chinese company's SVP Wang Xiang has tweeted to offer support to his colleagues working on the new project, who themselves have released a statement outlining their intentions.

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ARCore v1.4 adds support for its first Chromebook, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and many more [APK Teardown]

ARCore v1.4 adds support for its first Chromebook, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and many more [APK Teardown]

Every month or so, an update to ARCore rolls out to add the augmented reality framework to a whole new set of phones, tablets... and now Chromebooks? Yes, the first Chrome OS device has been found among the list of profiles included in the ARCore APK, and that is the recently released Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Also joining the list are the codenames associated with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, blueline and crosshatch, which are due out this Fall.

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