Xiaomi Mi 4

Xiaomi and Microsoft: acquaintances, not partners

Among the Windobws 10 related announcements that Microsoft made this week, perhaps the one that caused some flurry the most is its bombshell in China. Redmond announced, almost in passing, that it will be hooking up with some Xiaomi Mi 4 powers users to let them test Windows 10 on their devices, leading to some amount of rumor around Microsoft's and Xiaomi's seemingly new friendship. In response, ex-Googler and now Xiaomi exec Hugo Barra is clarifying some points, partly to appease some concerns from the Android community.

Microsoft is cooking up a Windows 10 ROM for Xiaomi Mi 4

Microsoft just announced its stronger initiative to push its business further in China, by pushing Windows 10 harder, with a little help from Chinese companies. Among those namedropped was Xiaomi, where Microsoft explicitly mentioned that select Xiaomi Mi 4 power users will be able to test Windows 10 on their devices. This effectively meant that Microsoft is developing a ROM for the smartphone that will practically overwrite Android. Given how Xiaomi has been a strong Android player so far, it is unsurprising to see a few feathers ruffled and a few eyebrows raised.

Xiaomi proves that tested ‘Mi 4’ was fake, Bluebox agrees

Bluebox Labs, a research outfit that tests security on mobile devices, recently put out some information pertaining to a specific Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone that they tested and found out that it was riddled with malware, was using a version of Android that was vulnerable to hacking, and basically failed at all the security tests they made. Xiaomi, in their defense, has been very prompt and open about verifying the information. In the end, they all agreed that the tested unit was a counterfeit.

Xiaomi Mi 4 hit with ‘questionable security’ accusation again

Bluebox, a software security company that tests mobile devices for security and malware threat, got their hands on a Xiaomi Mi 4 for testing. The results were not good. Bluebox claims that there were malicious software installed on the device, with some of those even mimicking Google applications. Xiaomi has since replied to the accusation, but it still leaves questions on the security of the phone and the integrity of the brand itself.

Xiaomi finally releases Mi4 Wooden Cases

We've only been waiting for Xiaomi to release new wooden back covers for its Mi4 flagship phone and they're finally here. You can choose from among the six three wooden-bamboo designed covers. There's bamboo Bangkok, white oak, walnut, black apricot wood, and rosewood. These smartphone covers cost only 69 yuan ($11) each so it's really a great buy. You'll get a nicer looking and well-protected Xiaomi Mi4 at an affordable price.

Xiaomi 64-bit smartphone spotted at TENAA, AnTuTu

Chinese smartphone manufacturers will look to build on their considerable growth in 2014 with solid upgrades to their flagship and best-selling models. One of those is China-based OEM Xiaomi, who recently released the Mi 4 LTE just this month. Already, benchmarking outfit AnTuTu has caught a new Xiaomi device that would probably the Chinese outfit’s first 2015 release – and it’s a 64-bit phone.

Latest Q3 2014 IDC figures show Xiaomi now 3rd in smartphones shipped

While some brands and markets may have already plateaued when it comes to smartphone consumption, there are still those in the emerging market that have just found their stride, as more options become available to the consumers. Samsung and Apple may still be top in terms of quantities shipped, but other brands, particularly the curious case case of Xiaomi, are playing catch-up to the big boys, indicating the shift in terms of which regions or countries OEMs should focus on.

Xiaomi outs MIUI v6 developer preview for the Mi3, Mi4

If you’re looking for more eye-candy in your custom Android UI than most, chances are you’ve come across the MIUI – the tweaked Android OS from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. The flipside of it is that while you get a nice, clean UI, there are bugs galore, and that the MIUI is not really known for Android functionality. That said, if you own a Xiaomi Mi3 or Mi4, you pretty much have no choice. The good news is that a new version of MIUI is out.

MIUI v6 launched, goes flat and simple

Xiaomi has just released a major overhaul of its custom ROM, MIUI version 6. Calling it "visually stunning, stunningly simple", the Chinese manufacturer has opted to drop the aging skeumorphic design of the past decade and embraced the more minimalistic and flatter look. Just in time to catch up with iOS' own transition to the new design language.
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