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Xiaomi launches its aggressively-priced Mi TV Stick in India

Xiaomi launches its aggressively-priced Mi TV Stick in India

Last month, Xiaomi took the stage in an online-only event to show off a slew of products, including its Redmi 9 phone series and its new true wireless earbuds. Among them was also the hotly anticipated and often-leaked Mi TV Stick, which the company has now finally released in India, where it will become available for purchase starting August 7.

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India's app bans extend to include more from Xiaomi and Baidu

India's app bans extend to include more from Xiaomi and Baidu

Amidst rising tensions between the two countries, the government of India banned 59 apps (like TikTok!) that originated from China in June. The next month, the country announced an additional 47 more apps that were blocked. Now it looks like at least a few more have been added to the banned list, including apps from Xiaomi and Baidu.

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LineageOS 17.1 arrives on the ROG Phone 2, Sony Xperia XZ2, and other phones

LineageOS 17.1 arrives on the ROG Phone 2, Sony Xperia XZ2, and other phones

Slowly but surely, the LineageOS custom ROM is bringing unofficial Android 10 to a wealth of phones and tablets. LineageOS 17.1 (based on Android 10) recently arrived on the OnePlus One, and now the ROM is available on several other phones, both new and old.

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TeamViewer now supports full remote control of Pixel, Xiaomi, and Oppo devices

TeamViewer now supports full remote control of Pixel, Xiaomi, and Oppo devices

Troubleshooting complicated phone issues with family members who live long distances away can be tough, especially since every Android skin is different. The TeamViewer QuickSupport app makes it easy to allow remote access to a device for trusted technicians and/or knowledgeable relatives, but it didn't support full integration with Pixel and Nexus devices — until now.

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Xiaomi is working on back-tap gestures, just like Google and Apple

Xiaomi is working on back-tap gestures, just like Google and Apple

Earlier this year, it was discovered that Google is working on a new tap gesture for Pixel phones in the Android 11 beta. More recently, Apple rolled out the same feature to iPhones participating in the iOS 14 beta. These gestures allow you to assign tasks to a double or triple tap on the back of the device — things like toggling the flashlight, bringing down the notifications shade, taking a screenshot, and opening Google Assistant, to name but a few. Now new evidence suggests that Xiaomi is working on a very similar feature for MIUI 12.

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Which Android TV box should you buy?

Which Android TV box should you buy?

Picking an Android TV box can be challenging, if only because there just aren't many of them to choose from in the first place. While NVIDIA's Shield TV and Shield TV Pro remain our top picks, there are other options on the market depending on your budget and desire form factor. The question is, are they worth looking at? We've assembled a list of some of the more popular Android TV devices, with an evaluation of each and why they or may not be right for you.

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COVID-19 tracing apps may fail to notify exposed users due to aggressive OEM battery saving measures

COVID-19 tracing apps may fail to notify exposed users due to aggressive OEM battery saving measures

We've extensively reported on OEMs that needlessly kill useful background processes to save battery life, creating problems like missed notifications and alarms, aborted sleep tracking, broken upload schedules, and more. While all of these issues are annoying, they're not exactly life-threatening. However, as soon as we're talking about coronavirus tracing apps, missed exposure notifications could put you or others at risk, and it looks like that happened to the German COVID-19 tracking app, which hasn't been able to alert some people due to background restrictions.

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Paranoid Android ROM is back from the dead with Android 10 builds (Update: Even more phones with Quartz 4)

Paranoid Android ROM is back from the dead with Android 10 builds (Update: Even more phones with Quartz 4)

LineageOS is the most-used custom Android ROM around, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for others. Paranoid Android was a popular choice back in the KitKat days, and while the ROM returned in full force with Nougat builds in 2017, there hasn't been much news since. Now the project is back (again), touting Android 10 builds for nine phones so far.

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Xiaomi reveals three new budget phones — Redmi 9, 9A, and 9C starting at just €99

Xiaomi reveals three new budget phones — Redmi 9, 9A, and 9C starting at just €99

Xiaomi introduced a plethora of products in an online-only event today, including the much-leaked Mi TV Stick and a new pair of wireless earbuds, but the company also launched a new lineup of budget phones, the Redmi 9 series. It consists of three devices costing between €100 and €170, the Redmi 9, the Redmi 9A, and the Redmi 9C. They all come with 6.53-inch screens and are powered by MediaTek silicon.

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Xiaomi rolls out Mexican firmware to global Mi A3 units, breaks dual-SIM functionality

Xiaomi rolls out Mexican firmware to global Mi A3 units, breaks dual-SIM functionality

Xiaomi is cautioning Mi A3 owners not to download a global firmware update because of "a serious bug" that prevents dual-SIM customers from utilizing both slots. The warning comes after an Indian user came into trouble with his OTA.

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