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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Xiaomi Mi 6 update: MIUI 10 beta download available, stable MIUI 9.5.8 download available too

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Xiaomi Mi 6 was launched in April 2017 and comes preinstalled with Android 7.1.1 Nougat with MIUI 8 on top. Being a high-end Xiaomi phone, the Mi 6 is entitled to at least two major OS upgrades and probably two more MIUI updates. So far, one major OS is already out and there’s one more. The phone has also received one MIUI update and a second one, MIUI 10, is almost here.

On this page, we highlight everything you need to know in regards to the Xiaomi Mi 6 software updates, be it MIUI-based updates or Android OS-based updates.

Xiaomi Mi 6 MIUI 10 update

As noted, the MIUI 10 update for Xiaomi Mi 6 is almost here. This is in reference to the stable version, but if you don’t mind using the beta version, it’s already available for download.

Related: How to download MIUI 10 update on Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi notes that the stable version of MIUI 10 will begin rolling out to most devices, not necessarily the Mi 6, somewhere in September. Whether the Mi 6 will get this treat a bit earlier is still unknown, but we hope this is the case.

Xiaomi Mi 6 Android P update

Expected release date: Q4 2018

Android 8.0 Oreo was rolled out to the Xiaomi Mi 6 towards the end of February 2018 and even though Android P beta has been around for weeks, only Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 2S is eligible for the update. Even so, the fact that the company already has access to the OS’ files means that we could also see an early release of the OS for users of the Mi 6, but there’s no guarantee this will be the case.

Related: How to download Android P to Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

If anything, we expect that Xiaomi Mi 6 will receive Android P in late 2018, hopefully.

Xiaomi Mi 6 update timeline

Date Software version Download link Changelog
22 June 2018 MIUI 9 v9.5.8 (stable) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixes for failed to open WIFI, Area codes were attributed to wrong locations in some cases, and Alarms didn’t go off on holidays in some cases 
15 Mar 2018 MIUI 9 v8.3.15 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixed issue when the folder is out, the page goes back to the top, Added the card of ‘Recommend for you’, The game of ‘Mi Coconut Island’ has finally arrived exclusively for Mi Browser (India), Search bar improved with broader input area 
8 Mar 2018 MIUI 9 v8.3.8 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixed the issue Notification bar show white area, the issue that Weather keeps stopping, and the issue that P-sensor doesn’t work well. Added guidance for new users and top tabs on homepage and support side-scroll in Mi Apps
1 Mar 2018 MIUI 9 v8.3.1 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Fixes for Voice is low during calls, The contents of the notification bar are covered by the black, Saved contacts are shown as numbers in call log, Mobile phone random reboot when using MI mover and MI drop, Missing Titles for ‘Bookmark’ & ‘Manage Downloads’ for Text Size M,  and Colored notifications don’t display correctly. Adds discover your favorite apps and games in new Mi Apps

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MIUI 10 update is available for the Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm variant

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Screen-Shot-2017-06-13-at-6.05.42-pmThe number of Xiaomi phones that have received MIUI 10 update keeps growing and the latest to add to this list is the popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. While it appears that there won’t be room for the Redmi Note 4 on the Android Oreo ship, Xiaomi isn’t wasting any time delivering the latest of its flavor to this beloved handset.

Like the other Xiaomi devices that have already jumped onto the MIUI 10 bandwagon, the Redmi Note 4 is receiving a beta version of this software. Also, note that this update is based in the Chinese ROM, thus it will be missing a few things here and there, more so the Google Play apps and services.

The update comes as software version 8.6.19 and is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Also, note that this update is meant for the Snapdragon variant of the Note 4, which means those using the Redmi Note 4X can also download this software and install it on their devices.

Download MIUI 10 beta for Redmi Note 4 (4X)

Note that in order to install this software on your Redmi Note 4, you’ll need to do more than the usual stuff of simply waiting for the OTA notification. If this sounds a little strange to you, we have everything covered in the post below.

How to install MIUI 10 on Redmi Note 4

To keep an eye on all the latest news and software updates regarding the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and all of its variants, including the MediaTek version, you might want to bookmark the page below.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 update news

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Android Oreo release date for Samsung Galaxy J3 2017, J5 Pro, J7 Pro, A3 2017, A5 2017, and A7 2017 revealed for Asia and Europe

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Samsung has rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo updates to all eligible flagship devices, including the 2016 pair of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Furthermore, those using the midrange family of Galaxy A3 2017, Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy A7 2017 have also received the Oreo update and right next on the list is the Galaxy J series, whose update details we have thanks to Samsung Turkey.

According to Samsung Turkey’s software update page, more Samsung phones will be joining the Oreo bandwagon in the next few weeks. Even though the A 2017 series has already been updated to Oreo in most parts, it is only from July 6 2018 that those in Turkey will begin receiving the update. If you own a Galaxy J3 2017, Galaxy J5 Pro or Galaxy J7 Pro, your update to Android Oreo will arrive on July 13.

It’s worth noting that this information is specific to the Turkish market, but it does give us a hint of when to expect the Oreo update for the Galaxy J 2017 family. Also worthy of a mention is the fact that in other markets, the said Galaxy J5 Pro and Galaxy J7 Pro are actually sold as Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 and Galaxy J7 2017.

So, if you believe your device is known as Galaxy J5 2017 or J7 2017, your update to Android Oreo isn’t too far away. As is, the OS is being tested on the devices and given the uncertainties that can at times surround software update release dates, we can only hope that the scheduled release will go through as planned.

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Xiaomi is looking to raise up to $6.1 billion in Hong Kong IPO

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After postponing Shanghai IPO, Xiaomi today confirmed that it will list in Hong Kong first offering a total of 2,179,585,000 Shares (subject to the Over-allotment Option), comprising initially 108,980,000 Hong Kong Offer Shares (subject to adjustment) and 2,070,605,000 International Offer Shares (subject to adjustment and the Over-allotment Option). The offer price range is from HK$17 to HK$22 per share, so the company could raise anywhere between US$ 4.72 billion and US$ 6.1 billion. Even though this is less than $10 billion, which Xiaomi was reportedly hoping to achieve a few weeks ago, this would still make it the world's biggest initial public offering (IPO) in nearly two years. Xiaomi said that it intends to use the proceeds from the offering for the following purposes: Approximately 30% for research and development as well as other efforts to develop the Company’s core in-house products, including smartphones, smart TVs, laptops, AI speakers and smart routers; Approximately 30% for investments to expand and strengthen the Company’s ecosystem primarily in the fields of IoT and lifestyle products and mobile internet services, including AI; Approximately 30% for global expansion, including but not limited to hiring local teams across business functions and investing in its retail partners; and Approximately 10% for working capital ...


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Kodi v18 Leia Alpha 2 is out – here’s what you need to know

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From being a means to play media on the original Xbox console to the largest cross-platform media center ever created, Kodi has surely come a long way. It now seems that the Kodi media player is ready for the next big step in media management and online entertainment, as the development team behind it prepares for the release of Kodi v18 codenamed Leia.


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The team has reiterated, that Kodi v17 Krypton, which is the current version of the media center works and will continue to work optimally while the development of v18 Leia begins. It seems that the developers are picking up some serious pace as they’ve released the Alpha 2 version already. To sum up everything you should expect from the Kodi v18 Leia release, here’s everything you need to know.


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Things to know:

  • Alpha releases will be out regularly but there is no fixed timeline for the final release.
  • Music library will gain improvements with a simplified user interface.
  • Instead of using file names, the video library will use embedded tags to populate the library in a structured way.
  • Live TV will be one of the special features of Kodi v18 Leia with front-end recording.
  • You will need external hardware and server software to set up Live TV with Kodi.
  • Kodi is now available as a 32-Bit Bridge application on the Windows Store, so you can easily install it on Windows as well as the Xbox platform.
  • Leanback search integration has been included for Android TV, which allows you to launch Kodi to view content from the main menu.
  • Google Assistant is now fully integrated into Kodi for Android TV users, so you can use the service without picking up the remote.
  • The video player has received a significant update with support for higher resolutions and new codecs.
  • Better hardware integration for seamless video playback and support for 4K, 8K, and HDR content will be implemented in the future.
  • Kodi v18 will also be able to playback DRM protected content with the help of add-ons.

Are you excited to get your hands on the Alpha build of Kodi v18 Leia right now or would you rather wait for the developers to hammer out all the issues with the final release?

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Oreo update: Android 8.0 beta testing is open; MIUI 9.5.4 stable rolling out now

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Mi-Note-2Xiaomi Mi Note 2 sprung to life back in November 2016 and while it didn’t live up to the expectations of being a direct replacement to the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the company clearly intended, it still stood out as one of the company’s high-end offerings of the year. The Mi Note 2 packs high-end hardware specs and also includes a flurry of features that are also found on other flagship handsets from 2016, however, this post isn’t about the Mi Note 2 specs, but software update news.

If you are looking for the latest news and developments regarding Xiaomi Mi Note 2 software updates, you are in the right place. On this page, you’ll find all the latest news, download links, and changelogs attached to each update, as provided by the company.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 MIUI 10 update

Expected release date: September 2018 (stable)

Being a 2016 handset, the Mi Note 2 came preinstalled with Android Marshmallow based on MIUI 8 and later the device was updated to MIUI 9. Well, now that MIUI 10 is here, all eyes are on Xiaomi as Mi Note 2 fans are eager to know when they’ll get this new software.

We have some answers for you. Apparently, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will get the new MIUI 10 somewhere in September. This will be the stable version of the software, but a beta version should be out any time before then.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 Android P update

As pointed out earlier, the Mi Note 2 came preinstalled with Android Marshmallow. The device has since received two major OS upgrades in Android Nougat and Android Oreo, but the latter is still in beta. When exactly the stable version will be released is still unknown, but it should happen in Q3 2018.

After Oreo, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will have reached its limit as far as major OS updates are concerned. This means that no official Android P update will arrive on the phone, but given how active the Xiaomi development community is, you won’t be short of custom ROMs that are not only based on Android P, but also the other version (s) to come after P.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 update timeline

In the table below, you’ll find a summary of all the latest news and updates regarding the Mi Note 2, including download links and changelogs, all arranged in chronological order. Note that the table also includes beta versions and there’s no place for the Chinese variant of the phone, too.

Date Software version Download link Changelog
22 June 2018 MIUI 9 v9.5.4 (stable) | Android 7.0 NA NA
20 May 2018 MIUI 9 v8.5.17 (beta) | Android 8.0 Recovery update Installs Android 8.0 Oreo beta, improved system stability and optimized system performance
28 April 2018 MIUI 9 v9.5.2 (stable) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update Resume interrupted transfers in Mi Mover without starting over, Revamped start page and optimized performance, Quick search options, Adjusted the position of the search bar, Optimized Browser’s kernel, Transfer apps with or without app data using Mi Mover, and more. Full changelog here.
29 Mar 2018 MIUI 9 v8.3.29 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Online content in Mi Music, Artist’s work page is revamped, Direct apps are called Quick apps now
22 Mar 2018 MIUI 9 v8.3.22 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixes for Files App/Android System FC when uploading files on web browser 
15 Mar 2018 MIUI 9 v8.3.15 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fix for issue when the folder is out, the page goes back to the top of the problem, Added the card of ‘Recommend for you’, The game of ‘Mi Coconut Island’ has finally arrived exclusively for Mi Browser (India), and Search bar improved with broader input area
 8 Mar 2018 MIUI 9 v8.3.8 (beta) | Android 7.0 Recovery update | Fastboot update
Fixes for the issue Notification bar show white area, the issue that Weather keeps stopping, the issue that P-sensor doesn’t work well, Adds guidance for new users and top tabs on homepage and support side-scroll

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