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Xiaomi's bargain Mi Box S running Android TV is down to all-time low of $30 ($30 off MSRP) (Update: Dead again)

When you think Android TV Box, you might think Nvidia Shield TV right away, but the company best known for its graphics cards isn't the only one offering a capable big screen experience for Android. Xiaomi's Mi Box S is a neat little device outputting 4K HDR to your TV, and it's on sale at Walmart, going for only $30. That's the lowest we've ever seen and $5 less than the recent offer of $35.

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Xiaomi’s new Mi Browser can save WhatsApp statuses and natively show your Facebook feed (APK Download)

Much like Samsung, Xiaomi makes its own alternatives to various Google apps that are usually tied to its notoriously heavy MIUI Android skin. In the past couple of years, the Chinese company has moved apps like Mi Calculator and Mi FileExplorer to the Play Store for faster delivery of updates and to open them up even to non-Xiaomi phones. Joining that small list of apps is the redesigned Mi Browser that likely replaces Xiaomi’s Mint Browser, which debuted in late 2018.

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All the companies that have withdrawn from MWC

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up the tech world, leading to factory and store shutdowns all over China. This could mean we'll see some production shortages, but fears of the virus spread also have more tangible effects. Many companies have decided to withdraw from or limit their availability at MWC 2020, slated to begin February 24. To hinder contamination, the fair organizer GSMA has put a vast number of actions in motion to keep attendees as safe as possible.

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Xiaomi's Mi 10 teaser shows off 108MP quad-camera setup and curved punch-hole display

Xiaomi intends to press on with its MWC event on February 23 in the face of coronavirus concerns, but it will be taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of its staff and guests. Since the Mi 9 smartphone series was launched around this time last year, we were already expecting its successor to be announced in Barcelona. It looks like it will be unveiled in China ten days before then, on February 13, and the company has taken to Chinese social platform Weibo to tease the Mi 10.

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Huawei teaming up with Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo to pull in apps for their own alternate Play Stores (Update: Statement)

Huawei's access to Google's Play Store and its whole world of apps was cut off last year as a result of tensions with the US government. It was rumored that the company was looking for a new app store to call home, and now Reuters is reporting that Huawei is teaming up with Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo in a collaboration to make it easier for third-party developers to submit apps to all of the companies' individual app stores, in an effort called the "Global Developer Service Alliance."

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Poco X2 announced with 120Hz display, Snapdragon 730G, and six cameras for around $225

Xiaomi’s spin-off brand Poco made a splash with its first phone by bringing a Snapdragon 845 chip to the $300 price bracket, reminding many of OnePlus’s early days. A year and a half after the Poco F1 was unveiled, the company is finally coming out with a follow-up called the Poco X2, initially only for the Indian market. The handset is basically a relabeled Redmi K30, which was announced in China alongside the $284 K30 5G in December 2019.

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TWRP arrives on the ROG Phone 2, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and other phones

TeamWin Recovery Project, or TWRP for short, is the best custom recovery software out there. It can help you install ROMs, make full-device backups, and anything in between. Now the project has officially extended support to eight more phones.

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Poco F1 picks up Android 10 beta with MIUI 11

Although many of Xiaomi's devices have already picked up a taste of Android 10 courtesy of MIUI 11, the popular budget flagship Poco F1 has been curiously excluded to date. That changes now that it's an independent brand, as the first official Android 10 release lands for the device, though it is a beta that you have to manually flash via TWRP — pretty weird.

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Pocophone F2 is coming, according to trademark application (Update: Poco confirms)

Last month, a tweet by Poco's global head Alvin Tse led to speculation that the Pocophone F2 might launch sometime in 2020. Now, we have concrete evidence that the device is on its way, thanks to a recently discovered trademark application.

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Google shuts down Xiaomi access to Assistant following Nest Hub picking up strangers' camera feeds (Update: Fully resolved)

So-called "smart" security cameras have had some pretty dumb security problems recently, but a recent report regarding a Xiaomi camera linked to a Google account is especially disturbing. One Xiaomi Mijia camera owner is getting still images from other random peoples' homes when trying to stream content from his camera to a Google Nest Hub. The images include stills of people sleeping and even an infant in a cradle. In the meantime, Google has entirely disabled Xiaomi integration for Google Home and the Assistant while it works out the issue with Xiaomi.

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