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Xiaomi's Mi Box S Android TV picks up Pie beta (Update: Stable rolling out)

Xiaomi's Mi Box S Android TV picks up Pie beta (Update: Stable rolling out)

In case you forgot, Nvidia isn't the only game in town when it comes to Android TV. Xiaomi offers a much more affordable option in its Mi Box S — and that device just became a more appealing alternative thanks to an official Android 9 Pie beta program.

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TWRP now available for Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

TWRP now available for Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and more phones

TWRP is the most popular custom recovery for Android devices, allowing you to do anything from flash ROMs to perform full storage backups. Now the project has officially added support for more phones, including the Nokia 7.1, Xiaomi Mi 9T, and others.

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Xiaomi delays its futuristic Mi Mix Alpha with wrap-around screen (Updated)

Xiaomi delays its futuristic Mi Mix Alpha with wrap-around screen (Updated)

You've heard of folding phones, but those are so yesterday. Xiaomi thinks it has something better up its sleeve. The Chinese company today introduced the Mi Mix Alpha, a surround-screen "concept" phone with a display that is only interrupted by a camera seam on the back of the device, which sports a 108MP sensor.

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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo collaborate on unified file sharing solution (Update: Now available on select phones)

Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo collaborate on unified file sharing solution (Update: Now available on select phones)

Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have announced that they're joining forces to create a new file transfer solution that will work seamlessly across devices made by each of them. The peer-to-peer protocol will be able to transfer files at a speed of up to 20MB/s, likely using Bluetooth for pairing and then WiFi for transfer.

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Redmi launches K30 5G with 120Hz display, new Snapdragon 765G processor for an insanely low $284

Redmi launches K30 5G with 120Hz display, new Snapdragon 765G processor for an insanely low $284

Getting a 5G-enabled phone right now is likely to cost you an arm and a leg, given the tech’s exclusivity to premium models. That’s set to change as Xiaomis of the world are leveraging the recently announced Snapdragon 765 series to bring 5G connectivity to cheaper handsets. Following its last week’s teaser, Xiaomi today announced the Redmi K30 5G in its home market for under $300 along with a 4G variant that’s even cheaper.

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Xiaomi's Android TV-powered Mi Box S is just $35 at Walmart

Xiaomi's Android TV-powered Mi Box S is just $35 at Walmart

When it comes to Android TV streaming boxes, there are really only two options: the Nvidia Shield TV, and if you're not playing games, the Xiaomi Mi Box S. Now you can grab the entry-level Xiaomi box for just $35, a drop of $25 from the original MSRP (though it has gone for $40 a few times in recent history).

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(Update: Xiaomi statement) Xiaomi's Quick Apps is being flagged and blocked by Google Play Protect

(Update: Xiaomi statement) Xiaomi's Quick Apps is being flagged and blocked by Google Play Protect

Like most Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi's Android phones come with heavy UI customizations and many pre-installed apps featuring advertisements no one asked for — in fact, this release model is part of the reason why Xiaomi is routinely able to undercut its competition in price. However, the company might be too thirsty about collecting personal data to show individualized ads, as its Quick apps application has been blocked by Google Play Protect because of potential tracking issues.

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Xiaomi Mijia Mi 360 action cam drops to $125.49, its lowest price ever on Amazon

Xiaomi Mijia Mi 360 action cam drops to $125.49, its lowest price ever on Amazon

A 360-degree action camera can be quite a fun device to have around. Besides being great for capturing panoramic videos during sporty activities such as biking or snowboarding, you can also use it to create interesting tiny planet photosphere pictures, shareable virtual reality videos, and use them in other interesting and creative ways. When 360-degree cameras first came out, they were quite expensive and hard to recommend to casual users. Thanks to companies like Xiaomi who often bring lots of value to the table, this type of camera is now within the reach of anyone who wants one. The Xiaomi Mijia, which has seen a few price drops previously, is now down to its all-time lowest of $125.49 ($74.50 off).

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Get Xiaomi's 1080P Mi Home Wi-Fi security camera for just $20 (50% off)

Get Xiaomi's 1080P Mi Home Wi-Fi security camera for just $20 (50% off)

Besides making smartphones that are affordably priced and well-specced, Xiaomi is also known for applying the same philosophy to its other lineups, such as its range of smart home security products, often undercutting the competition by huge margins while offering similar feature parity. Xiaomi's Mi Home security camera, which has been selling on Amazon for an already reasonable price of $40, has dropped to its lowest price ever of $20 (50% off).

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Google smart speaker sales plummeted 40% last quarter as others saw big growth

Google smart speaker sales plummeted 40% last quarter as others saw big growth

Although smartphones are almost a necessity in the modern world, smart speakers and smart displays don't enjoy the same kind of perception despite their much lower cost. Case in point, Samsung alone shipped 78.9 million phones in Q3 2019, while all the smart speaker manufacturers in the world combined shipped less than 30 million units in the same time period. Smart speakers with displays take up an even smaller share. Regardless, both the smart speaker and smart display markets continue to be hotly contested, and most companies experienced healthy year-over-year growth in Q3 2019. The major exception was Google, whose market share dropped like a rock.

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