MI-One, Xiaomi's Android smartphone powered by the community-authored MIUI ROM, has garnered quite a lot of attention as of late. The second phone in the lineup has been revealed as the MI-One Youth Edition, which is basically identical save for a slower 1.2Ghz CPU and slightly less RAM at 768MB. The phone will go for about $240 unlocked when it releases later this month, and yes, it's still running the MIUI software.
MI-One, the Chinese smartphone from manufacturer Xiaomi that eschews standard Android or manufacturer skins in favor of a community-created Android ROM. The manufacturer sells the phone in batches as they're made, and apparently demand for the MI-One has reached a fever pitch since it started shipping in August of last year. The last batch of 150,000 phones sold out just under 13 minutes after the company posted them online.
Github and compile or kang to your heart's content.
try a beta release right now. The update was made available on the MIUI forums for one and all, though you'll need to read Chinese to get the most out of it. There's still no news on when MIUI's full Ice Cream Sandwich update will be ready, or for which phones. For the uninitiated, MIUI is a family of custom ROMs that update regularly and feature a custom user interface that blends elements of Android, iOS and Web OS. It has the distinction of being the first and only Android ROM to be used for a retail phone, Xiaomi's custom-built MI-One. In a sense, you can think of the MI-One as a sort of community-sponsored Nexus phone for China. Naturally, the dev team keeps the MI-One phone as a priority in its updates, and the Android 4.0 version is no exception. Of course there are a few kinks that still need to be worked out. Though the beta is well underway, the ROM still has issues in finding and locking in a network signal. And because the ICS update isn't yet part of the official MIUI tree, you'll need to flash the new ROM and all subsequent updates manually, at least until the software goes gold. Remember to always keep a backup, and happy modding. [timeline] [via Giz-China]
MIUI team, makers of arguably the second most popular custom ROM out there, has already begun porting their extensive set of Android customizations to run on Ice Cream Sandwich's open source code. The developers issued a special preview on their website, with a walk-through of the updated interface.
MIUI custom Android ROM. According to MicGadget, China Telecom has ordered a staggering 2 million units of the new phone after an extremely promising pre-order period racked up 300,000 sales. The $315-equivelent phone is already on sale in China.
recently announced and are now launching their very own Android phone. Complete with their own custom version of Android 2.3.4 pre-installed, something I wish CyanogenMod would do too.