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Xiaomi File Manager gets a dark mode and launcher app shortcuts [APK Download]

Xiaomi File Manager gets a dark mode and launcher app shortcuts [APK Download]

Xiaomi has introduced a system-wide dark mode in version 10 of its MIUI software, but the company is still in the process of darkening all its apps, including non-system ones. The latest app to receive that treatment is the Mi File Manager, but that's not the only change in its most recent update.

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Xiaomi announces new smartphone brand for 'global young people'

Xiaomi announces new smartphone brand for 'global young people'

Much like car manufacturers, phone companies are starting to see the value in developing multiple partially-autonomous brands for different demographics. Huawei has Honor, Oppo has OnePlus, and so on. Xiaomi released the first device under its 'Poco' brand last year, and now the company is developing another division 'CC.'

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[Update: Culprit fired] Xiaomi stole artwork from a 3D artist commissioned by rival LG

[Update: Culprit fired] Xiaomi stole artwork from a 3D artist commissioned by rival LG

There's a different perspective on copying and redistributing other people's work in China — in fact, copyright as we know it was only introduced to the country's legislation in the 80s. Companies still have a different culture around copying others' work, especially since copyright violations are often still considered minor misdemeanors there. However, companies should absolutely still adhere to appropriate laws internationally — which is why we're calling out Xiaomi here.

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Xiaomi is bringing Android Q to 13 phones starting this fall

Xiaomi is bringing Android Q to 13 phones starting this fall

Chinese Android phone makers have it rough when it comes to bringing on software updates to their customers. There's a totally different expectation as to how long these devices get supported there and the issue gets compounded when taking into account the proprietary UIs and services for each OEM's spin on the OS. In Xiaomi's case, it has taken up the challenge of bringing at least 13 devices up to Android Q over the next year.

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Xiaomi ends MIUI beta program, claiming too many users and not enough feedback

Xiaomi ends MIUI beta program, claiming too many users and not enough feedback

Xiaomi maintains its custom skin of Android, called MIUI, which ships on most of the company's devices the main exceptions being its Android One and Android Go phones. Xiaomi allows phone owners to try out new MIUI features in the public MIUI Beta program, but now that's coming to an end.

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Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 fitness tracker with color screen, NFC, and voice assistant

Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 fitness tracker with color screen, NFC, and voice assistant

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 was an insanely cheap fitness tracker (£26.99 in the UK, which works out as about $35) with a relatively impressive feature set. Its successor has just been announced by Xiaomi in China, and this time it includes a color display and microphone for voice assistant functionality. There's also a slightly more expensive variant with NFC, although it's still cheap as chips.

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Xiaomi says MIUI’s annoying ads will be toned down in the future

Xiaomi says MIUI’s annoying ads will be toned down in the future

MIUI is one of the most powerful Android OEM skins, if you take the time to delve into it and put some prejudice aside. Sure, it has some shortcomings, like any other software, and it does some things in its own weird ways, but it has plenty of interesting features and additions. There's one aspect though that outright annoyed me when I tested the Poco F1: ads. Thankfully, Xiaomi is now recognizing they're a little too much and will be getting rid of some of them in future updates to MIUI.

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[Update: OnePlus 7 too] TWRP adds support for the OnePlus 7 Pro and many more devices

[Update: OnePlus 7 too] TWRP adds support for the OnePlus 7 Pro and many more devices

TWRP is the most trusted Android custom recovery around at the moment and is adding support for more devices all the time. Over the past month or so, 14 new phones and tablets have appeared on the TeamWin Recovery Project site, including the beastly new OnePlus 7 Pro. Support has also been added for all Android One Fifth Generation handsets.

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LineageOS Pie arrives on 10 more phones, including the Xiaomi Mi 6

LineageOS Pie arrives on 10 more phones, including the Xiaomi Mi 6

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs around, and certainly the one with the most officially-supported devices. The last time we covered the project, it brought Android 9 Pie to ten new devices, including the Nvidia Shield. Since then, ten more phones have been updated to LineageOS 16.0 Pie.

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Xiaomi turns OnePlus's 'Flagship Killer' slogan against it... right next to a OnePlus billboard

Xiaomi turns OnePlus's 'Flagship Killer' slogan against it... right next to a OnePlus billboard

We've just covered Xiaomi catching up with Oppo by presenting its own under-display camera on Twitter right after the former showed off its prototype, but the internet is not the only place Xiaomi is attacking its rivals. First, the company started advertising its new Redmi K20 as the "Flagship Killer," the exact marketing term OnePlus aggressively used in its early years. Then, the firm put up billboards right next to OnePlus advertisements around India with a bold statement: "Starkly superior to the latest One."

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