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The Chinese are apparently crazy over smartphones. After all, this country of 1 billion mobile phone users is the biggest and fastest-growing market for mobile devices today, and so brands are eager to get their wares marketed here. However, the Chinese are also a practical community, and here’s where bang-for-the-buck (or yuan) is considered important. Smartphone maker Xiaomi, for one, has launched its Mi-One earlier this year to rave reviews. At 1,999 yuan ($300) a pop, the Mi-One was a premium smartphone with a not-so-premium price. Xiaomi has reportedly sold 3 million units as of June, just a bit over…

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There is a wave of Chinese manufacturers looking to establish themselves in the international Android market. When we think Chinese OEMs, the first thought goes to companies that have have been frequenting tech shows with some amazing devices on offer, such as Huawei, ZTE, Baidu, and Meizu. Another, less known, name that is coming up in conversations is Xiaomi. Xiaomi is very new to the cut-throat world of Android smartphone manufacturing, with its first device, the Xiaomi MI-One, releasing only last fall. But if you’re into Android development or are familiar with custom ROMs, the name Xiaomi  will be familiar to…

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Xiaomi is the Chinese company behind the popular MIUI ROM. Last year, they launched their own Xiaomi phone with the MIUI ROM on top, and it seems they’ve been fairly successful with it, as they’ve just announced a $216 million investment in their company. Moreover, leaks are pointing out to a next-gen quad-core smartphone with a 720p display, coming soon from them. The chip on the rumored phone comes from Qualcomm, and since the only quad-core processor they’ve announced for this year is the S4 Pro with the Adreno 320 GPU, that’s most likely what the high-end Xiaomi will have. The…

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Ever noticed how Android users have these different types of settings on their devices? Some techies are really good with these things since they know how to tinker with the User Interface (UI). Developers have created different ROMs to compliment Android devices, and one of them has made a name for itself for being user-friendly. MiHome Launcher features a unique style of UI that makes Android users personalize their device with ease and convenience. The thing about this launcher is that once you install this on your device, it’s considered plug and play. You can even see thousands of themes…

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We’ve talked time and again over the past few months about the “Chinese offensive” on the global smartphone market, led by companies like Huawei, ZTE, Alibaba and Baidu. However, it seems that there are even more Chinese tech manufacturers looking to make it big in an Apple and Android dominated world, and some of the smaller ones, like Xiaomi, are growing in leaps and bounds. Xiaomi is not very well-known in the Western world, and even in China, Xiaomi is hardly a household name. However, the name of the 2-year old company may ring a bell for some of you,…

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If you’re a huge fan of MIUI ROMs, you’d know that MIUI’s biggest appeal is not just its eye candy but also its user-friendliness.  For users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, there’s a new custom ROM based on MIUI 4, which in turn is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Intended to provide the “ultimate” experience, the UltimateMIUI custom ROM by XDA Developers member iceandfire includes numerous tweaks that claim to improve performance and lengthen battery life.  According to the developer, the ROM’s latest version includes the following features and highlights: Based on latest MIUI 2.3.16 Added Franco kernel…

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The Chinese ROM MIUI has been a huge hit among Android device users, and with good reason. This ROM brings with it a unique user interface, as well as several features that are sure to get other custom ROM users envious. One of the best features that MIUI packs is its file explorer, giving you access to browse your locally stored media and your SD card. Now, even non-MIUI phone users can enjoy MIUI’s handy file browser. XDA Developers senior member apooonet has managed to port MIUI’s native File Explorer, maintaining not only its look but also the device’s ability…

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Android users who are familiar with the eye-popping visuals and slick performance of MIUI-based custom ROMs can attest that MIUI is, by far, one of the best custom ROMs out there for any Android device. For those of you wishing to get a small slice of the MIUI craze, then were happy to tell you that the native MIUI Music Player has been ported as a stand-alone application that perfectly sits within any Android device. XDA Developer members DaxIΠFIΠITY and Brainmaster, have joined forces to make the latest MIUI Music Player run on any device with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream…

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The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket will soon blast into space with a new added twist when it comes to custom ROMs. Once again MIUI is penetrating another set of devices, and this time around, it found its way to the popular Galaxy S2 Skyrocket from AT&T. MIUI is a unique UI with a whole set of fantastic features with eye-candy themes and icons. Galaxy S2 Skyrocket owners can now have that pleasure with the brand new MIUI ROM. Developed by XDA Developers member iandr0idos, the MIUI ROM is primarily based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sorry, Ice Cream Sandwich fans–this…

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The looks of pure Ice Cream Sandwich appear tantalizing on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but for some people, the device dons a better look if it wears the face of MIUI 4.  Owing to a clean and easy-to-use user interface, MIUI is one of the world’s favorites when it comes to custom Android ROMs. Using the freshest and latest builds from Chinese sources, DroidVicious (the ROM’s developer) took pains to port the Chinese build, translate it, and deodex it so that the rest of the Galaxy Nexus world can enjoy MIUI 4 on their handsets.  MIUI, in case you haven’t…