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(Update: LG G8X) ARCore renamed to Google Play Services for AR, adds support for Pixel 4 and more devices

(Update: LG G8X) ARCore renamed to Google Play Services for AR, adds support for Pixel 4 and more devices

Google is always hard at work on adding ARCore support to new devices. This time around, those include the brand-new Note10 and 10+, but other than that, a bigger shift has occurred on the company's AR front – that is, if you count marketing and naming schemes as big shifts. The catchy ARCore Play Store listing makes way for the cumbersome phrase "Google Play Service for AR." The change has already been visible for a while, but the company only introduced the new name in the app's changelog last week, along with announcing support for 60fps rendering on capable devices.

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Xiaomi brings Mi TV 4 and Redmi Note 8T to European markets

Xiaomi brings Mi TV 4 and Redmi Note 8T to European markets

After being available in Asia for nearly two years, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi today announced that its Mi TV 4 series will be launching in Spain. However, unlike the custom Android-based software that the original series used, the European models will run Android TV. Xiaomi also announced the brand new mid-range Redmi Note 8T smartphone, which in addition to being available in Spain will be sold in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy.

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(Update: European launch) Xiaomi Mi Note 10 boasts penta camera array with impressive 108MP sensor and up to 50x zoom

(Update: European launch) Xiaomi Mi Note 10 boasts penta camera array with impressive 108MP sensor and up to 50x zoom

Xiaomi and Samsung have been teasing a new 108MP camera module for quite some time now and shared that they're working together to bring the first 100MP+ phone to the market. This device has now been introduced as the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro. Other than the 108MP sensor, it sports four more lenses on its back, making it look almost as ridiculous as the Nokia 9 PureView. The phone is coming to international markets as the Mi Note 10.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch is a blocky Apple Watch lookalike running a custom version of Wear OS

Xiaomi Mi Watch is a blocky Apple Watch lookalike running a custom version of Wear OS

Xiaomi today announced the Mi Note 10 with a 108MP camera, but it also took the stage to introduce its first smartwatch based on its own custom Wear OS interface, the Mi Watch. Its software and exterior do look quite similar to the Apple Watch, although the device's edges are much blockier. Other than that, it's pretty much standard Wear OS hardware sporting a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor and LTE connectivity.

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Samsung and Huawei come out on top as global smartphone market grows for first time in two years

Samsung and Huawei come out on top as global smartphone market grows for first time in two years

Ever since the global smartphone market started to decline back in 2017, it has stubbornly remained stagnant. Surprisingly, the trend has finally reversed itself as the global smartphone market has managed to eke out a 1% growth in Q3 2019, just barely reversing the two-year-long decline. The resurgence was led by market share leaders Samsung and Huawei, who experienced double-digit annual growth rates from Q3 2018. On the other hand, two of the top five smartphone vendors — Apple and Xiaomi — experienced single-digit declines in market share, while the number five Oppo saw some minor growth.

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Xiaomi smartwatch teasers detail app store, MIUI for Watch platform (Updated)

Xiaomi smartwatch teasers detail app store, MIUI for Watch platform (Updated)

Xiaomi, one of China's main players in the smartphone market, might be about to expand its wearable portfolio by creating a smartwatch based on WearOS. According to an official teaser image posted to Weibo, a rectangular smartwatch that could pass for an Apple Watch will be announced next week.

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TWRP adds support for the Snapdragon Galaxy S10 and Note 10 family, plus much more

TWRP adds support for the Snapdragon Galaxy S10 and Note 10 family, plus much more

TWRP is a popular and powerful custom recovery tool used by thousands of Android enthusiasts around the world to create full phone backups, flash custom kernels and ROMs, and more. Since the last time we visited this topic, a dozen phones and tablets have been added to the TWRP support list, including the Snapdragon family of Galaxy S10, Note 10, and Galaxy Tab S6 devices.

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[Update: Rollout time table] MIUI 11 to start rolling out globally on October 16

[Update: Rollout time table] MIUI 11 to start rolling out globally on October 16

In China, Xiaomi's custom Android interface MIUI 11 has been in beta since last month, and now the company is ready to deploy its software to more locations internationally. The MIUI India Twitter account posted an animation featuring the new interface along with the date October 16. We can expect the international version of the UI to start rolling out then.

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Xiaomi is working on a 120Hz Android 10 smartphone

Xiaomi is working on a 120Hz Android 10 smartphone

After Apple made a splash with the iPad Pro's 120Hz display in 2017, Android manufacturers started to follow suit. To date, only a handful of companies has released phones with 120Hz screen technology: Razer, Asus, and Sharp. Although nothing is official, we can tentatively induct Xiaomi into the club thanks to references to a 120Hz display setting discovered in a beta build of MIUI 11.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 8 is a modest improvement on the 8A, launches in India October 12

The Xiaomi Redmi 8 is a modest improvement on the 8A, launches in India October 12

Xiaomi released the Redmi 8A in India just a couple of weeks ago. The phone offers some impressive specs for about a hundred bucks, including a 12-megapixel camera and a honkin' 5,000 milliamp-hour battery. Now, the company is gearing up to launch the Redmi 8 (without the A) — and it's basically the same phone with a couple of added perks and a marginally higher price tag.

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