Xiaomi Mi accessories get a price cut in India

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Goods and Services Tax (GST) was revised for some products in India earlier this month. Xiaomi today slashed the price of most of its accessories in the country. This includes Power Banks, Mi Charger, Mi Car Charger, USB Cable, Cases and Screen Protectors. Price cut vary depending on the device starting from Rs. 20 for USB Fan and screen protectors and goes up to Rs. 200 for the 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2. Check out the list below.
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MIUI 9 brings new Notification Shade with Bundled Notifications and Quick Replies

MIUI 9 Notification Shade

People either love MIUI or hate it, there is nothing in between, people who love MIUI usually complaint about the MIUI notification panel because it did not support basic stock Android features like Quick reply and had painful two finger swipe down gesture to expand notifications. At MIUI 9 launch, Xiaomi announced the New Notification Panel to address these issues, and now with MIUI 9 Global Beta 7.11.23 update users can enjoy Quick reply and Bundled notification features on their Xiaomi devices. Continue reading “MIUI 9 brings new Notification Shade with Bundled Notifications and Quick Replies”

In Pictures: Xiaomi India’s Power Bank Plant in Noida

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It would be fair to say that Xiaomi has become a favorite amongst the Indian audience over the last three years. Today, the company is amongst the largest smartphone players in the country and enjoys a 23.5 percent market share. Over the last year. Since 2015, the company has made massive strides towards manufacturing their smartphones in India. Owing to the existing tax structures, it has allowed the company to reduce pricing drastically which has been instrumental in their onslaught against the likes of Micromax and Intex. The company is known to have razor-thin margins on their smartphones which makes their accessory line up all the more important to drive bottom lines. With the launch of the new production facility in Noida in collaboration with Hipad, the company is no longer dependent on the import model which will have massive ramifications on price competitiveness and capacity. Continue reading “In Pictures: Xiaomi India’s Power Bank Plant in Noida”

Xiaomi Redmi 4A MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat starts rolling out

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Just last week, Xiaomi started rolling out Android Nougat based MIUI 9 Beta ROM to its budget oriented device Redmi 4A which was launched back in March 2017 with MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow). Now some Redmi 4A users are reporting that they have received a new android Nougat 7.1.2 based OTA update as Nightly build on their devices. Continue reading “Xiaomi Redmi 4A MIUI 8 Global Stable ROM based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat starts rolling out”

Xiaomi India to launch ‘Desh Ka Smartphone’ on November 30, Redmi 5A expected

Xiaomi India Desh Ka Smartphone November 30

Xiaomi just announced the launch of a new Redmi smartphone on November 30th, few weeks after the launch of new Redmi Y1 and Redmi Y1 Lite in the new ‘Y series’ in the country. The company is calling it Desh Ka Smartphone, so it will likely be the a budget smartphone. This could the Redmi 5A that was introduced in China last month as the successor to the Redmi 4A. Even the image in the teaser looks somewhat similar to the Redmi 5A.
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Xiaomi Redmi 4 MIUI 9 Stable update starts rolling out

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[Update – November 21: Xiaomi has started rolling out stable MIUI 9 update for the Redmi 4 after rolling out Nightly build last week.]

Earlier: Xiaomi launched Redmi 4 running MIUI 8 based on Marshmallow back in May, the company rolled out Nougat based Stable ROM to the users a fortnight ago just before the MIUI 9 Global launch. As per the announcement, Redmi 4 was kept in the second batch of devices along with Mi 5, Mi Max and others which were supposed to receive the update in mid-Nov. Yesterday evening, some users started reporting that they are receiving a new OTA update as Nightly build on their Redmi 4 devices. Continue reading “Xiaomi Redmi 4 MIUI 9 Stable update starts rolling out”

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 with Snapdragon 660, dual rear cameras gets a cheaper 4GB RAM model

Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Xiaomi introduced the Mi Note 3 a mid-range smartphone with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage options in China back in September. Today it has introduced a cheaper 4GB RAM model with the same 64GB storage for  1999 yuan (US$ 301 / Rs. 19,600 approx.), making it the cheapest smartphone powered by Snapdragon 660. Continue reading “Xiaomi Mi Note 3 with Snapdragon 660, dual rear cameras gets a cheaper 4GB RAM model”

Mi Exchange Program launched – Exchange your old phone for a new Xiaomi smartphone at Mi Home Store

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Xiaomi has partnered with Cashify to launch a new Exchange Program which lets you exchange your old smartphone for a new Xiaomi smartphone at your nearest Mi Home. Xiaomi has 11 Mi Home stores across BengaluruDelhi-NCRHyderabadMumbaiPune and Chennai.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Rose Gold variant launched in India

Xiaomi Mi A1 Rose Gold

Xiaomi launched the Mi A1 Android One phone in India in partnership with Google back in September in Black, Gold and Rose Gold colors, but only the Black and Gold color variants of the phone went on sale at that time. Today it has announced that the Rose gold color variant of the phone will go on sale in the country starting tomorrow. Continue reading “Xiaomi Mi A1 Rose Gold variant launched in India”

MIUI 9 will be the last update for these phones

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At the MIUI 9 Global launch, Xiaomi highlighted the fact that even 5-year-old phones including Mi 2/2S are still getting weekly MIUI updates and will also get MIUI 9 Global Stable update. Now, within a couple of weeks, Xiaomi made an announcement on MIUI Forum saying that MIUI updates will be suspended for few of Xiaomi devices after the MIUI 9 update. Continue reading “MIUI 9 will be the last update for these phones”

Xiaomi Redmi 4A MIUI 9 Beta ROM based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat starts rolling out

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In late 2017, when most of the OEMs are releasing schedule for the Oreo update, a  lot of budget phones that are launched still run on Android Marshmallow. Xiaomi Redmi 4A was launched back in March 2017 with MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), but Xiaomi didn’t announce anything regarding the Android update for the device till date. Also, Redmi 4A was amongst the few devices which didn’t receive MIUI 9 Global Beta update until this Friday. Yesterday, Xiaomi rolled out MIUI Global Beta 7.11.16 for Redmi 4A, and surprisingly this new update is based on Android Nougat 7.1.2. Continue reading “Xiaomi Redmi 4A MIUI 9 Beta ROM based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat starts rolling out”

How to flash MIUI Recovery ROM using updater app

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We already talked about different versions of MIUI in a post earlier, and in case you’re willing to update your phone manually (without OTA), this tutorial will be helpful. One of the methods commonly used by the users for manually updating is flashing via updater app, Updater app method should be used only for updating MIUI Stable/Beta ROM.   This method should not be used for downgrading MIUI Stable/Beta ROM or switching between MIUI Beta ROM and MIUI Stable ROM otherwise system apps might crashes frequently, users should prefer flashing using Fastboot Method if downgrading MIUI Stable/Beta ROM or switching between MIUI Beta ROM and MIUI Stable ROM. Continue reading “How to flash MIUI Recovery ROM using updater app”

OnePlus 5T vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 – What’s Different

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At last, OnePlus has pulled the wraps off its latest flagship killer OnePlus 5T at an event in Brooklyn, New York. The successor of OnePlus 5 comes with some prominent changes when it comes to display, camera and also has an advanced Facial recognition technology as well. In this iteration, the bezels have been trimmed down comparatively and its almost absent on the sides as well. Continue reading “OnePlus 5T vs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 – What’s Different”

Xiaomi to open its second Mi Home Store in Chennai on November 18

Mi Home Chennai Forum Mall

Xiaomi opened its first Mi Home Store in Chennai at Forum Mall in Vadapalani back in September. Today it has announced that it will open its second Mi Home Store in the city at Express Avenue Mall in Royapettah on November 18th, Saturday. It already has Mi Home Stores in BengaluruDelhi-NCRHyderabadMumbai and recently PuneContinue reading “Xiaomi to open its second Mi Home Store in Chennai on November 18”

How to activate Caller ID in MIUI 9 / 8

MIUI Caller ID

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other instant messengers have taken over traditional SMS messaging in this decade but most of the services and businesses like e-commerce websites and banks still use SMS messages to keep the users updated on products, orders, and debit/credit details, but due to these SMS messages our SMS inboxes look boring. With the increasing amount of spam SMS messages every day, sometimes it becomes difficult to identify the sender, to address the problem of identifying senders Xiaomi’s MIUI offers Yellow Pages. Yellow pages (Caller ID) is an inbuilt feature in MIUI 8 and 9 which identifies SMS messages and calls from businesses. Continue reading “How to activate Caller ID in MIUI 9 / 8”