The results immortalized: Android One wins popularity contest vs MIUI

As you may have learned, Xiaomi — the Chinese smartphone giant that also happens to have an Android One partnership for that one phone (Xiaomi Mi A1) — recently ran a Twitter poll. It was comparing its own, home-made MIUI interface, which heavily customizes Android, to the vanilla experience on Android One. Turns out, Android One won the poll votes and Xiaomi deleted the tweet.

No hard feelings here, but we thought it would be fun to immortalize those results, so we ran our own poll yesterday. As expected, most of our readers are much more fond of Google’s pure Android experience than an …


Let's finish that poll: Android One or Xiaomi MIUI 9? Vote here

You may have heard of Xiaomi — the China-based tech company that grew to prominence with its bargain-priced, flagship-grade phones. A lot of them are sold internationally through 3rd party retailers, so you may even be one of the few people that bit the bullet and bought one of these bargains.

Xiaomi is known for another thing besides its affordable phones, though — its super-heavy Android re-skin. Dubbed MIUI, it’s Xiaomi’s own interface that makes the operating system look in a whole different way.

This is why the release of the Xiaomi Mi A1 was such a big deal — the phone is built …

Xiaomi removes all traces of Twitter poll that had Android One topping MIUI

Last September, the Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched. This is an Android One handset which means that it did not come with Xiaomi’s own MIUI skin. The latter has been criticized by Xiaomi’s own fans and users of the company’s handsets. But now that Xiaomi has released an Android One phone, the company felt that it might be a good time to poll consumers to see which UI they prefer.

Now, looking at this from Xiaomi’s point of view, the company is not going to run such a poll on Twitter unless it is pretty sure that the results are going to be in its favor. Based on an image that was posted on a sub-reddit …

MIUI 9 beta brings iPhone X-like gestures to certain Xiaomi models

A beta version of Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 user interface reveals a number of gestures similar to the ones being used to navigate the Apple iPhone X. For example, with the MIUI 9 beta, swiping up from the bottom of the screen to the top takes you home. Want to see your recent apps? Swipe from the bottom toward the top, pause for a moment, and you will see which apps you are still open. Swiping from the left or right of the screen to the middle will bring you to the previous page.

The beta is available for those carrying the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi …

MIUI 9 is starting its global rollout today to some Xiaomi devices, here's a schedule for all the rest

The newest version of Xiaomi’s MIUI software is starting its slow, gradual rollout to a hefty bevy of the company’s Android devices. Interestingly, even the Xiaomi Mi 2 released in 2012 is getting a taste of the new software, which is quite the impressive feat and truly a proof that China’s giant is rather committed to continued software support for its devices.
MIUI 9 is introducing a hefty amount of features. including split-screen multitasking, redesigned bundling notifications and quick replies (coming later with a subsequent software update), new animated …

Fast charging smartphone series for next month teased by Xiaomi; MIUI 9 could see a November release

Xiaomi published a teaser today that appears to focus on a new smartphone series with fast charging capabilities. Besides showing a logo that relates to battery charging, the teaser includes a hashtag that reads #YourBestSelfie. As a result, we would imagine that the phone being teased will also feature something new with the front-facing selfie snapper that improves how selfies turn out.

According to Xiaomi, we should learn more about the new device(s) on November 2nd, which is a week from today. The company says that this smartphone series includes “something you have been impatiently …

MIUI 9 Global Beta now available for all supported Xiaomi devices


Xiaomi has just announced the third batch of its smartphones is now eligible for the MIUI 9 Global ROM 7.9.7 update. These are the last devices that Xiaomi plans to update to Android Nougat, as previously announced.

The Chinese company revealed plans to upgrade a bunch of smartphones to Android Nougat earlier this year but said this will be a gradual release that will happen in three stages. Xiaomi Mi 6 and Redmi Note 4 were the first to receive the update followed by a second wave of devices such as Mi Mix, Mi Note 2, Mi 5, Mi Max 2 and a couple of others.

The third wave of Xiaomi …

Xiaomi may launch its first Android One smartphone sans MIUI

Google has been pretty constant when it comes to bringing Android One devices to more markets. Even so, these Android One smartphones are not available in too many markets, not to mention that there will not be introduced in well-developed markets where they would compete with Nexus and Pixel phones.

Nevertheless, Google continues to spread Android One love each year and another company helping the search giant doing that could be Xiaomi. The Chinese handset vendor, the fifth largest in China, is expected to launch an Android One smartphone.

The already introduced …

Download all the new stock MIUI 9 wallpapers right here

Come on, we know you love wallpapers and regularly cater to your needs.
Today we are doing that by providing you with all the new wallpapers that Xiaomi released alongside MIUI 9 and the new Xiaomi Mi 5X. There are vibrant, they are neat, and… they are mostly suited for 1080p devices as they max out at 1080 by 1920 pixels. 
Anyway, you can check all these wallpapers in the gallery beneath and if it so happens that any tickles your fancy, feel free to download the full-res version by visiting the link we’ve supplied just below!

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MIUI 9 update release date for supported Xiaomi Mi and Redmi phones

From its humble roots as a custom Android software developer, to a leading Asian smartphone maker, Xiaomi’s success has always been intertwined with the wellbeing of the MIUI platform. And today, Xiaomi announced MIUI 9 – the newest version of its hugely popular, yet highly controversial Android interface.

READ MORE: MIUI 9 brings split-screen multitasking, performance enhancements, and a smart assistant

MIUI 9 sure looks like an intriguing update, but the natural question that comes to mind is: which Xiaomi smartphones are going to receive …