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Samsung hires former Jony Ive design studio head

Samsung has turned a new coin, in a sense, to look for a new design for their upcoming smartphone collection. They'll be doing this by bringing in a man who happened to be former CEO of Tangerine, the London-based design company that at one time employed Apple’s design leader Jony Ive. Lee Don-tae, is now reporting to Samsung Electronics President Toon Boo-keun and will be engaging with the company’s Design Management Center.

Xiaomi unveils Mi Box Mini and Mi Headphones

Xiaomi has rolled out a couple slick new devices for fans of streaming content and audio. The first of the new devices is the Mi Box Mini and it is the smallest set-top box we have seen in a long time. The device is so small that it sticks out of the outlet with nothing that actually sits on the TV or entertainment center.

Xiaomi Mi Note puts high-end flagships on notice

Xiaomi is starting 2015 with a bang. Trying once again to disrupt the smartphone market, the Chinese OEM has unveiled the Mi Note and its even higher end Mi Note Pro sibling, sporting a combination some of the best hardware and features you're likely to see in recent and upcoming flagships. And of course, in the usual Xiaomi way, these sell lower than your usual flagship from your usual giant OEMs, though the rising numbers do seem to point to a general and rather worrying trend in smartphone prices.

Facebook requests Xiaomi as friend, but declined.

Word got out today from Reuters that Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun spoke with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg about a potential investment seen back in October, but no terms were set in stone. Xiaomi started off as a business that sold smartphones at a low cheap cost. Those that are in business know that you can't make a profit selling at cheap margins. Apparently those that do know business, didn't know that you can actually make a killing by doing just that - and exactly how Xiaomi executed its success. Now one of the largest growing companies for smartphones and other small gadgets, the company is valued at $45 billion.

OPPO reportedly to launch OPPO R1C on January 14

The Chinese manufacturers have been busy enough this January, with Xiaomi launching its budget phone the RedMi 2 last week and reportedly lining up a January 15 launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. OPPO – legal disputes aside – looks set to be busy on January 14 as well, if the teasers be true, as they launch their new OPPO R1C 4G smart phone.

Xiaomi launches Redmi 2, an improved entry-level smartphone

Usually, it is Xiaomi’s flagship devices that get all the attention – as well they should. But if we’re going to be straight about it, it was the Redmi – the Chinese manufacturer’s budget phone – that accounted for most of their per unit sales last year. Now Xiaomi is back with a better, much improved Redmi 2.

Xiaomi to unveil a sweet surprise, could be a 4G Redmi 1s successor

Xiaomi is launching a new phone this new year. A teaser was recently posted on Mi's G+ account showing us an idea of a sweet surprise. The phone manufacturer will be making an official announcement on Sunday, January 4, of what could be a new Redmi. We're not sure if it will be a new Redmi model or just an improvement of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Based on the image and the post, my guess is it could be new colors or perhaps a Lollipop update based on the "sweet surprise" reference. But of course, all Android platforms are named after desserts so every version is supposed to be sweet.

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.

Xiaomi sales ban in India partially lifted

Last week, India reportedly banned Xiaomi sales and imports because of a patent infringement issue. It was brought to the New Delhi court by Ericsson India who said Xiaomi was asked to license standard essential patents but to no avail. This was after all the good news came out: the OEM might debut in the US in 2015, its App Store reaching the 10 billion downloads milestone, and the arrival of the new Xiaomi Redmi Note in India.
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