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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, 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 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

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

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

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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[Update: Niantic response] Xiaomi users allege they are being banned from Pokémon Go

Banning problematic users from online games and services is nothing new. Accounts are often banned for violating terms of service, community guidelines, or outright cheating. A group of Pokémon Go players believe that they have been banned for a less conventional reason—using a Xiaomi phone.

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Grab two Xiaomi Yi security cameras for $57 ($13 off) from Amazon

If you’re holding off on purchasing an indoor security camera until Black Friday, this deal on Xiaomi Yi security cameras might entice you into buying one (or two) right now. A pair of Yi Home Camera 3 can be purchased from Amazon for $56.50, down from their usual MSRP of $69.99.

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Xiaomi Redmi 8A comes to India with whopping 5,000mAh battery and Snapdragon 439 for less than $100

Xiaomi just introduced its crazy concept phone, the Mi Alpha, coming with a display that wraps all around to the back of the device, but of course, the company also keeps working on its bread and butter mid-range and entry-level phones. Thus, Xiaomi has just launched the Redmi 8A in India, pairing a USB-C 18W fast-charging 5,000mAh battery with a Snapdragon 439, which could allow for quite long browsing and video-watching sessions.

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Android 10 now rolling out OTA to the Redmi K20 Pro in India

Android update season is always a bittersweet time for users. While the select few are lucky enough to have a shiny new version delivered OTA to their device within weeks after launch, many users will have to wait months for an update from their manufacturers. However, thanks to recent changes made to Android's code structure, Android 10 is shaping up to be the most rapidly adopted releases of Google's mobile OS. Today, Redmi K20 Pro devices in India are primed for their update.

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