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[Update: Launched in India for $65] Xiaomi's first Android Go phone is the Redmi Go, will reportedly cost under $90

If you're not familiar with it, Android Go is a lightweight version of Android designed for phones with 1GB of RAM (or less). A few manufacturers have already made Go devices, including Alcatel and Asus, but now Xiaomi is entering the game with its 'Redmi Go.'

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Xiaomi unveils Black Shark 2 gaming phone with Snapdragon 855 and 12GB of RAM

Xiaomi is wasting no time with its gaming-focused Black Shark brand. It's announced three Black Shark phones in the last year, the most recent of which is the confusingly named Black Shark 2. It's the third phone after the original Black Shark and Black Shark Helo. Those phones were already plenty powerful, but the new phone sports the latest Snapdragon 855 and up to 12GB of RAM.

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Redmi 7 arrives with Snapdragon 632, 4,000mAh battery, and gradient hues for around $105

Xiaomi announced in January that it would be turning Redmi into an independent brand, if only for the sake of appearances. The first Redmi phone to launch thereafter was the unfortunately-named Note 7, with a 48MP camera and beefy 4,000mAh battery. The ultra-budget Redmi Go came next, and the company has just unveiled yet another affordable device.

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LineageOS 16 Pie now rolling out to Pocophone F1, OnePlus phones, Galaxy S5, and other devices

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs available, with over two million active installations. The project officially ended support for the 14.1 (Android 7.1) branch a few days ago, in preparation for LineageOS 16. The 16.0 branch is finally rolling out, and it's bringing Android 9 Pie to dozens of phones and tablets.

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TWRP adds support for Xiaomi Mi A2, Xperia XA2 Plus, and more devices

TWRP, short for TeamWin Recovery Project, is the most popular custom recovery available for Android devices. It can flash ROMs, backup and restore your phone, and even repair Android installations. In the two months since we last covered TWRP, the project has added nine more phones to the roster of supported devices.

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LineageOS ends official Nougat builds as Pie support approaches

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs available, with somewhere around two million active installations. It typically takes a while for the project to update to newer versions of Android, since development is largely done by maintainers in their spare time. Six months after the public release of Android 9 Pie, it looks like LineageOS is about ready to make the jump — but not before dropping older devices.

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Every LG and Nokia phone going forward will have a Google Assistant button

Last year, LG teamed up with Google to bring a Bixby-style Assistant hardware button to some of its phones. Turns out that collaboration was just the start. Today, Google is announcing that this partnership is extending to "the full portfolio" of new devices from LG and Nokia, as well as select handsets by Xiaomi, Vivo, and TCL (read: Alcatel, Palm, and BlackBerry).

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G coming to Europe in May for €599

This year’s MWC is all about folding phones and 5G connectivity, and Xiaomi just threw its hat in the ring with the announcement of its first 5G smartphone: the Mi Mix 3 5G. As the name implies, this is simply the Mi Mix 3 but with an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 5G modem.

First shown off in China in December, the 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 carries the same ceramic body and aluminum frame, magnetic slider with the front-facing camera and sensors accessible once you slide the display down, 960fps slow-motion video, and Google Assistant button as its namesake.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 features 48MP camera and 20W wireless charging, transparent model boasts 12GB RAM

It's not all that long since I reviewed the Mi 8 (and Mi 8 Pro) — both very good smartphones, by the way — but now Xiaomi has officially announced its successor in China. The Mi 9 features a new 6.39-inch 1080p AMOLED display with a much smaller waterdrop notch and adds an ultra-wide angle lens for triple rear cameras.

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Xiaomi is back with its transparent-phone fakery for the upcoming Mi 9

Last year's Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition received widespread attention for its transparent back, which offered a look inside at the phone's motherboard and processor. As many suspected, the layer underneath the transparent case turned out to be a fake board sitting on top of the real hardware components. The Mi 9 is due soon, and it looks like Xiaomi is preparing a transparent version of that phone as well.

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