Chinese Android phone makers have it rough when it comes to bringing on software updates to their customers. There's a totally different expectation as to how long these devices get supported there and the issue gets compounded when taking into account the proprietary UIs and services for each OEM's spin on the OS. In Xiaomi's case, it has taken up the challenge of bringing at least 13 devices up to Android Q over the next year. Read More
Popular custom ROM maker Paranoid Android came back from the dead in 2017 and has just announced its long-awaited first Android 9 Pie beta builds, with initial availability for a handful of Xiaomi devices. PA is also changing the way it develops its ROM to include Generic System Images (GSI) which should allow support for a greater number of devices. Read More
Xiaomi's latest bezel-less phone, the Mi MIX 2S, was first announced in late March with a 5.99" 1080p IPS LCD panel. Starting today, that panel can be used for ARCore apps. Despite the phone being sold in China, this support has been accomplished thanks to Google's partnership with the Xiaomi App Store, the first of its kind. Read More
Though we knew it was coming soon, Xiaomi is officially launching its products in Italy just after landing in France a few days ago. From phones like the Mi Mix 2S and Redmi Note 5 to the Mi Electric Scooter, Italians can now join the Mi family. According to Wang Xiang, Senior Vice President of Xiaomi, the first authorized store opens on Saturday in Milan. Read More
After a lot of rumors, leaks, and speculation, Xiaomi has finally made the Mi Mix 2S official. A follow-up the to not-so-old Mi Mix 2, the 2S features a few upgrades such as a Snapdragon 845, dual cameras, Qi wireless charging, and more AI. It kept the global LTE band support and the nostril camera placement along the bottom bezel, as well as the same LCD as its predecessor. Read More
March 27 is shaping up to be an interesting day. Huawei already announced it would be the day it'll launch the Huawei P20 in Paris and now Xiaomi is stealing its thunder with its very own high-profile announcement: the new Mi Mix 2S will be unveiled at the same date.
Xiaomi was one of the first companies to go for the bezelless design with its original Mi Mix, then it followed it up with the Mi Mix 2 in September of 2017, which brought a more refined design and even higher-end specs. The rumor mill for the upgraded Mi Mix 2S has been over-active in the last month, and there was even a leaked image that showed an iPhone X-like notch, which turned out to be likely fake. Read More
Xiaomi has never shied away from copying Apple, especially when it comes to design. Last year's original Mi Mix was a substantial departure from the company's previous phones, and its edge-to-edge screen (minus the bottom bar) made headlines worldwide. Here we are a year later, and bezel-less phones are a bit more common now, with the iPhone X gaining the most attention.
Xiaomi just released the Mi Mix 2, with roughly the same design as last year's model, and it's a pretty great device (Jordan is in the process of reviewing it). But it looks like another variation could be in the works, one that looks far more like an iPhone X. Read More