Xiaomi aims to improve camera quality with new in-house division

Xiaomi appears to be have created a new in-house camera division. The Chinese brand doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation when it comes to its smartphone cameras, although recent efforts such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s have shown significant improvements. Anyhow, in a bid to finally achieve flagship quality results, the company appears to have created a new in-house camera division.

In an internal email sent out by Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun, the executive can be seen discussing the creation of the new department. In fact, smartphone photography looks set to become a top priority for the …


Pi or Pie: New code commit reveals Android 9.0 in-house codename

While it’s too early to speculate on Android 9.0’s name, which will be revealed at the software’s official announcement sometime in August 2018 if Google sticks up to its schedule, an early developer preview will most likely arrive in a month or so. Thus, the flood gates of speculation pertaining to the next major version of Android are now wide open. Of course as it usually happens, the very first people to track down traces of code referring to upcoming software features are developers and tinkerers that disseminate any code Google has released, and especially the Android Open Source Project. 

Pie, …

Google snags Apple engineer to help with company's rumored production of in-house mobile chips

Google is said to be in the early stages of developing its own line of mobile chips that it can deploy on future Pixel handsets and other mobile devices. To help Google produce top quality components, the company has lured chip designer John Bruno away from Apple. According to a recently published report, Bruno was in charge of Apple’s silicon competitive analysis group. This team made sure that the chips used inside Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad were topping those used by competitors.

Prior to joining Apple, Bruno worked at Advanced Micro Devices, where he was head engineer. He …

Apple is developing in-house power management chips, German analyst reports

After signing a $9bn deal with Samsung for the manufacturing of OLED displays earlier this month, Apple is now speculated to be working on an in-house power management chip. Karsten Iltgen, analyst for German bank Bankhaus Lampe, cut his rating on Dialog Semiconductor this Tuesday, sending the chip manufacturer’s shares down the slope. Mr Iltgen statated that “strong evidence” suggests Apple is looking to ditch Dialog’s power management integrated circuits (PMIC), and is allegedly working on its own unit that could go live by 2019.

After Bankhaus Lampe reduced its Dialog rating to “sell” …

Xiaomi unveils its own in-house octa-core Surge S1 chipset, which powers the new Xiaomi Mi 5c


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi became the fourth such company to produce its own line of chipsets when it unveiled the Surge S1 today. Built with the big.LITTLE architecture, the Surge S1 is made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle tough tasks. Four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores work on the light housekeeping. The result is an octa-core CPU and the Mali T-860 MP4 GPU. The latter uses 40% less energy than the previous generation Mali GPU. A 32-bit DSP supports VoLTE and high quality calls, even in a noisy environment.

One of the best things about producing your own chipset …