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LineageOS drops support for Nexus 4 and Galaxy S9, starts builds for Redmi Note 7 Pro

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, with official support for dozens of devices and a huge community. The project relies on the work of contributing developers, which means phones can just easily be dropped as they are added. Since we last covered LineageOS, a few new devices are now supported, while a handful of fan favorites have been dropped.

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It looks like Xiaomi's next Redmi phone will have a 64MP camera

In April, Samsung announced its largest smartphone camera sensor, one that could take in up to 64 megapixels of information. The rumor mill was quick to point to a new Galaxy phone that would be the first to feature said sensor. But it seems that Xiaomi has shown up the crowd with a couple of samples from what is supposedly its first phone with a 64MP camera. And there's reason to believe that it will be fairly affordable, too.

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Xiaomi's Android One-toting Mi A3 is official: 48MP camera and in-screen fingerprint scanner for €250

After recent leaks, we knew Xiaomi would soon be introducing its latest Android One phone, and now the Mi A3 has been officially unveiled. Its predecessors were pretty well received, so we have high hopes for this one. For just €250 it offers a 48MP sensor as part of a triple camera setup, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a 6-inch AMOLED display (Edit: Sadly it's only HD+, 720x1520 — no wonder they didn't emphasize that in the PR) with a waterdrop notch.

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[Update: More specs, box pictures] Xiaomi's next Android One phone, the Mi A3, just leaked

Xiaomi's first stock Android device was the Mi A1, released back in 2017. It was a very good phone, especially for the low price of ~$230, and the company released a sequel last year. There wasn't much doubt that a Mi A3 was on the way, but now we have the first pictures of the device.

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Xiaomi's Mijia 360 action camera is $200 ($100 off) on Amazon

Many of you might not know this, but Xiaomi has a line of action cameras that it officially sells in the US. The Mijia 360 is one of them, and its spec sheet is pretty impressive. This action cam is regularly $299.99, but it's now available for $199.99 ($100 off) from Amazon.

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Xiaomi just owned itself in the most Xiaomi way imaginable

Xiaomi is a huge smartphone presence in many countries, and it got there, at least in part, by copying Apple. We could dress things up and pretend that wasn't the case, but we've all got eyes. Xiaomi recently unveiled another not so subtle Apple clone with its "Mimoji" AR emoji feature. The company was adamant it wasn't just copying Apple's Memoji... and then it literally stole Apple's Memoji promo video.

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The best phones for LineageOS

The vast majority of Android device buyers don't know or care what a custom ROM is. There's nothing wrong with that—a phone or tablet's stock ROM will be enough for 99.9% of potential users. But for the 0.1% that like to tinker, the development community surrounding a given device can drastically impact the value. Your purchase can become a much better deal if there is a wealth of custom ROM options available, extending its lifespan for possibly years (or roughly a decade, in the case of the HTC HD2).

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Xiaomi's new Mi CC9 and CC9e are hip with the selfie-taking youths

A couple weeks back, Xiaomi revealed it had yet another sub-brand up its sleeves to supplement last year's Pocophone. The new CC division's image was meant to evoke "a trendy mobile phone for global young people," by focusing on things like selfies (probably the only thing we millennials love more than avocado toast). The Mi CC9 and smaller Mi CC9e are now official as of today, sporting slightly ridiculous 32MP selfie cams those 'yutes are sure to love.

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[Update: Now with swiping gestures] Xiaomi MIUI launcher finally gets a proper drawer and app shortcuts [APK Download]

One of the many reasons I don't like iOS is its lack of an app drawer. Indeed, I want things to be very organized, and dumping all icons on my homescreen just doesn't work for me. Xiaomi, however, preferred to mimic Apple and decided to go against Android standards by removing the app drawer in its MIUI launcher, which essentially meant all icons had to be on the home screen. However, the company appears to be opening up by letting users enable the drawer in MIUI.

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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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