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LineageOS 17.1 ROM arrives on 2016 Pixels and Nexus 6

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM out there, with dozens of supported devices and a few nice features over stock Android. The new Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 was just released earlier this month, and now the project is bringing back support for two classic Google phones.

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The Xiaomi Mi A3 is receiving Android 10, for real this time

You would think that Android One phones are usually among the first to get new OS releases, but many Nokia devices and the Xiaomi Mi A3 prove this wrong, as a lot of them still run Android 9 to this day. That's bound to change for the Mi A3, though, as Xiaomi has started to roll out Android 10 to the handset.

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These phones now support viewing 3D animals and other objects in Google Search

There are a lot of fun 3D objects like skeletons, cars, planets, and animals you can view in Google Search, which might be perfect to pass the time while you and your kids are stuck at home. The underlying technology enabling this is called Google Play Services for AR, formerly known as ARCore. It's an engine that powers most games and applications on Android that use augmented reality effects. However, since the framework has to be tuned for each device, Google has to periodically update Play Services to support new phones and tablets. Since the last time we covered the library, 36 more devices have been added to the roster.

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LineageOS ROM releases first builds based on Android 10 (Update: Builds are back)

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM in existence, and the project prides itself on bringing newer versions of Android to unsupported devices. However, Lineage has been a bit slow to roll out a version based on Android 10 ⁠— the Pie-based ROM was already available by this time last year. Thankfully, the next major version of LineageOS seems to be just around the corner.

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Xiaomi’s Redmi K30 Pro and 30x Zoom Edition offer flagship specs for less

It was about a year ago when Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi forayed into the premium smartphone segment with modest pricing akin to a OnePlus 'flagship killer.' The Redmi K20 has already seen a follow-up as the Chinese company rushes to democratize 5G connectivity, and now it's time for the Pro model to receive a successor, which Xiaomi announced earlier today in China. The K30 Pro takes over as the most premium handset in Redmi’s arsenal, packing four cameras and a nearly edge-to-edge screen.

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Xiaomi announces Mi 10 and 10 Pro with 90Hz OLED and 108MP camera (Update: EU availability)

Xiaomi has a series of sub-brands that operate in the low to mid-tier segments, earning it a dominant position in markets like India. In its home nation of China, the company shifts focus to its premium products that are usually marketed under Mi branding. Following a packed 2019, when we got to see a total of four smartphones make up the the Mi 9 line, Xiaomi has refreshed its flagship series for 2020 with a pair of devices. Earlier today, the company made the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro official in China following several rounds of teasing and leaks.

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Xiaomi announces Redmi Note 9 Pro and Pro Max with quad cameras and 5020mAh batteries

Catering to the budget segment of the Indian market, the Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has delivered some bestsellers, but lately has started to feel the heat from Oppo’s sub-brand Realme. Bracing to tackle that growing competition, Xiaomi is refreshing its budget line for 2020 by adding two new handsets to the mix. While we expected to see a Pro model accompanying a standard one, the Chinese brand took a page out of Apple’s book and announced the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max today in India.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Android 10 update is reportedly bricking handsets (Update: Official fix)

Xiaomi doesn’t have the strongest presence in the Android One space, while most of its popular handsets run a heavily customized (and better supported) software skin. The Chinese company has a habit of running into trouble when updating its Mi A-series phones with the latest Android builds,sometimes causing more problems than they fix in the first place. Hot on the heels of the Mi A3 fiasco just last week, a new Android 10 update for Mi A2 Lite is similarly up to no good, with word of it bricking handsets.

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The Xiaomi Poco F1 is getting Android 10 stable

Xiaomi's Poco F1 has had an Android 10 beta in testing for more than a month already, and it looks like the company is finally ready to take the software to stable. In a forum post, it has announced that it will start rolling out the latest version of the OS globally, and the first owners report that they are indeed receiving the update.

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Xiaomi reveals Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro, the first mainstream 5G gaming phones

Xiaomi's mobile gaming spin-off, Black Shark, has come out with a pair of new phones — the third generation in the series and the first to sport 5G radios. It's also come out with some gaming earbuds as well. And if you're outside of China and want any of them for yourself, you'll be able to acquire a Black Shark 3, Black Shark 3 Pro, and/or the Ophidian Bluetooth earbuds soon enough.

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