AndroidSPIN Google Android News, Phones and Tablets, Software and hardware reviews and more2016-11-29T19:29:58Z http://androidspin.com/feed/atom/WordPress Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Two unannounced phones, Meizu M3X and Meizu Pro 6 Plus, spotted at Geekbench]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171273 2016-11-29T19:29:58Z 2016-11-29T19:29:58Z Meizu’s smartphones became famous as they appeared to be replicas of Apple’s iPhones, and they became quite famous in mainland China, all thanks to low price tags and Android. Meizu smartphones still receive a huge response in the country due to its unique Flyme OS and elegant hardware design. The next smartphone from the company – the Meizu […]

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Meizu’s smartphones became famous as they appeared to be replicas of Apple’s iPhones, and they became quite famous in mainland China, all thanks to low price tags and Android. Meizu smartphones still receive a huge response in the country due to its unique Flyme OS and elegant hardware design. The next smartphone from the company – the Meizu X – will be launched on the 30th of November 2016. Apart from this, the company has already scheduled an event on the 6th of December 2016 for the unveiling of the Meizu M5 Note. Now, two new unannounced smartphones from the company have been spotted in Geekbench’s online database, indicating that they are in the development pipeline. Geekbench can now give us a glimpse at the specifications of the Meizu M3X and the Meizu Pro 6 Plus.

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The Meizu M3X will feature an octa-core MediaTek MT6757 processor, which also goes by the name ‘Helio P20’. It will have 3GB of RAM and will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Flyme OS out of the box. While the listing does not reveal any more details about the smartphone, it might be a mid-range offering from the company. The Meizu Pro 6 Plus seems to be running an unspecified octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. As per the listing, it might come with 4GB of RAM and will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The rumored display size of the Meizu Pro 6 Plus  is 5.7 inches, and it might come with an Exynos 8890 SoC. The current Pro lineup smartphones include the Meizu Pro 6 and the Meizu Pro 6s.

Meizu is also rumored to be developing the Pro 7, which could turn out to be the first bezel-less smartphone from the company. No more details have been spilled at the moment regarding the launch of these two smartphones, but considering that the benchmark listing has surfaced, they might be officially within months.

Source: Geekbench 1, 2 | Via: MySmartPrice 1, 2

 

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Xiaomi sells a million Redmi 3s smartphones in India through Flipkart]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171265 2016-11-23T18:40:12Z 2016-11-23T18:40:12Z Xiaomi smartphones are quite popular in markets like China and India, especially due to their value-for-money factor. The Redmi Note 3 was the best-selling smartphone in India in the online segment. Now, the company has managed to create another milestone by selling the affordable Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3S Prime smartphones in the country. Today, Flipkart […]

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Xiaomi smartphones are quite popular in markets like China and India, especially due to their value-for-money factor. The Redmi Note 3 was the best-selling smartphone in India in the online segment. Now, the company has managed to create another milestone by selling the affordable Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3S Prime smartphones in the country. Today, Flipkart has announced that it has sold one million units of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S since the month of August.

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To recap you with the specifications, the Redmi 3S is the base variant of the smartphone, and it features a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top of it. It also comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 405 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. In the camera department, the phone comes with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and it can also record 1080p videos. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels and a video recording resolution of 1080p.

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 still running on Android 5.1 Lollipop after MIUI 8 update

The higher-end variant of the Redmi 3s is the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which packs in almost all the similar features, but it comes with higher RAM at 3GB and double the storage at 32GB. The Redmi 3S is available for $101 (INR 6,999), while the Redmi 3S Prime costs around  $130 (INR 8,999). Xiaomi has also launched the Redmi 3s Plus, a variant of the Redmi 3s, exclusively for the offline or brick-and-mortar stores in India. Recently, the company has received a huge response for the Xiaomi Redmi 4 in China. The company also launched the futuristic Mi Mix smartphone, and experts believe that it could pave way for all the smartphones in the future.

Source: Flipkart

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John <![CDATA[Galaxy Note 7 Gets A Software Update To Prompt Users Into A Return]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171247 2016-11-11T18:19:02Z 2016-11-11T18:15:54Z Samsung has its fair share of bad press due to the Galaxy Note 7 fire/smoke incidents and the company is trying all it can to undo any further damage. Through its U.S. Note 7 Refund and Exchange Program, the company has so far managed to recall 85 percent of all Galaxy 7 devices. In an […]

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Samsung has its fair share of bad press due to the Galaxy Note 7 fire/smoke incidents and the company is trying all it can to undo any further damage. Through its U.S. Note 7 Refund and Exchange Program, the company has so far managed to recall 85 percent of all Galaxy 7 devices.
In an attempt to encourage remaining owners to participate in the program, Samsung has released an update that will limit the phone’s ability to charge beyond 60 percent. The update will also enable pop-up notifications every time a person charges, reboots or turns on the screen of their device. The update was released for the Korean market back in September but it has only just appeared in the US market with T-Mobile being the first carrier to list it.
“Any Galaxy Note7 owner who has not yet participated in the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program should immediately power down their phone and contact their carrier or retailer today,” says Samsung.
Although the newly released software update will surely annoy some users but given the number of fire-related incidents that have been reported since its release, it is a step in the right direction.

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Mid-range Moto M smartphone with metal unibody and 4GB RAM launched in China]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171235 2016-11-08T13:07:35Z 2016-11-08T13:07:32Z Lenovo-owned Motorola has finally announced the Moto M smartphone in China. The smartphone was already benchmarked via AnTuTu and Geekbench, revealing most of its specifications. Its design was revealed through TENAA certification documents, so there was little left for the imagination. Basic highlights of the Motorola Moto M includes a metal unibody, a MediaTek Helio P15 processor, and […]

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Lenovo-owned Motorola has finally announced the Moto M smartphone in China. The smartphone was already benchmarked via AnTuTu and Geekbench, revealing most of its specifications. Its design was revealed through TENAA certification documents, so there was little left for the imagination. Basic highlights of the Motorola Moto M includes a metal unibody, a MediaTek Helio P15 processor, and 4GB of RAM.

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Motorola Moto M: Specifications

The Motorola Moto M sports a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with a 2.5D curved glass on top of it. The smartphone is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor and 4GB of RAM. There is 32GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card. In the imaging department, the Moto M has a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, and 1080p video recording. It also has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a 85-degree wide-angle lens.

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The Moto M runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and also has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor with water-repellant coating. The smartphone has a metal unibody design and Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. Connectivity options include 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also has a USB-Type C port and a 3050mAh non-removable battery with Turbo Charge mechanism.

Motorola Moto M: Pricing & Availability

The Moto M by Lenovo will be available in Gold and Silver colors with a price tag of CNY 1999 ($294) in China. The smartphone will be available from Lenovo’s official website in the country along with other online retails like Tmall, JD, and others from the 9th of November, 2016.

Source: Motorola

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Xiaomi Mi 5c specifications and images leak online]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171213 2016-10-09T16:26:22Z 2016-10-09T16:26:22Z Xiaomi has been releasing a lot of smartphones lately, something that it has not done earlier. The company’s smartphones have not only maintained Xiaomi’s standard in China, but the Redmi Note 3 went on to become the best-selling smartphone in India in the online segment. Now, a new smartphone dubbed as Xiaomi Mi5c has been spotted online, […]

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Xiaomi has been releasing a lot of smartphones lately, something that it has not done earlier. The company’s smartphones have not only maintained Xiaomi’s standard in China, but the Redmi Note 3 went on to become the best-selling smartphone in India in the online segment. Now, a new smartphone dubbed as Xiaomi Mi5c has been spotted online, showcasing its fingerprint sensor and a premium design.

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The Xiaomi Mi5c is expected to feature with 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display covered by a 2.5D curved glass panel. In the hardware department, it is using a 2.2GHz octa-core Mediatek processor. The SoC is paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There might be a variant of 32GB storage as well. It runs MIUI 8, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and that is disappointing.

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The fingerprint sensor on the smartphone is embedded into the Mi5c’s home button. The design of the smartphone looks slightly different when compared to the Mi 5, thanks to its full-metal back. From the images we still can’t confirm whether it is a final design or just a prototype. Xiaomi has turned towards a brushed metal design with its Mi5s and Mi5s Plus smartphones.

[Source: Anzhuo | Via: Gear]

 

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Sam Bradford <![CDATA[4 Underrated News Apps for Android]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171210 2016-10-07T16:24:07Z 2016-10-07T16:24:07Z Reading news on an Android smartphone sometimes feels like an act of futility. Titles are tough to tap and get the right story, font is too small, the news isn’t refreshing quickly enough, and so on. Reading the news should be a smooth experience that doesn’t make you want to tear your hair out. Instead […]

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Reading news on an Android smartphone sometimes feels like an act of futility. Titles are tough to tap and get the right story, font is too small, the news isn’t refreshing quickly enough, and so on. Reading the news should be a smooth experience that doesn’t make you want to tear your hair out. Instead of going to the major news sites in the browser of your choice, use a news reader app to simplify the effort. You’ll find that you enjoy reading the latest updates and stories of interest once again with a good news reader.

Google Now

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Google Now is also known as that page you get when you swipe to the right on your Android. It’s a seemingly generic page until you set it up to reflect your likes and desires, including the news. Setting it up requires a little bit of training on your part, and a little bit of intuition on Google’s part. Set up Now with the news sources you prefer along with your topics of interest. After a short period of time, Now starts populating the page with news titles that it thinks will interest you.

The Guardian

Most people think of the Guardian as being a UK-based newspaper that focuses mainly on topics from the UK. In actuality, the Guardian focuses on news from around the world, and its coverage of major news stories is unparalleled. It has broken major scandals while maintaining a journalistic integrity that’s largely lost in modern times. The app allows you to access the news stories as they happen without going through hoops to find them. The app is free to download, and there is a subscription option available if you want access to more information.

The app looks similar to the website, and lets you decide what you want to see at the top of your news feed. Set it to put up American news first or ask for a mix of national and international headlines. It looks great on smartphones and works well with a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S7 from T-Mobile.

Feedly

Feedly runs on RSS, or Rich Site Syndication. RSS is a protocol that lets you pick and choose what titles you want to see from news sites. For example, the website Metafilter runs an RSS feed that sends the user the latest titles on the website. If you haven’t logged into Feedly for a while, it’ll pull all of the latest titles from Metafilter and display them in the reader. From there, you click on the links that you want to read at that moment.

The only potential drawback to Feedly is the fact that websites aren’t always keeping their RSS feeds operational. It’s an older style of reading news, and some sites don’t want to support it anymore. The other minor drawback with RSS is when websites change addresses for the feed and don’t update their users. Feedly might need more maintenance than other apps due to these issues.

The New York Times

The New York Times is another newspaper that offers a well-designed app. It’s easy to use and has a clean appearance. It also lets you customize the information you want to see along with having a front page to scroll through. Set the app up for the latest sports updates or breaking news. The strongest selling point to getting the New York Times app is the fact that the newspaper engages in strong journalism practices. That is, it won’t send an article to print unless it’s been completely vetted.

A subscription is required in order to access more than 10 articles a month. But if keeping up with news and quality journalism is important to you, the subscription fee is worthwhile. There is a subscription that allows for access across all digital devices as well.

These four apps let you look at the news with the least amount of hassle. You get to see what you want, not what someone else thinks you need to read. It’s freedom to read whatever you like at its finest.

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Sam Bradford <![CDATA[What to Do with Your Recalled Galaxy Note7]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171208 2016-10-05T15:13:05Z 2016-10-05T15:13:05Z Your Note7 has been recalled, and along with the inconvenience of being unable to use your phone, you need to figure out how to get your refund and get it replaced ASAP. The process is going to be different based on where you bought your phone and what cell carrier you have. Thankfully, the answers […]

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Your Note7 has been recalled, and along with the inconvenience of being unable to use your phone, you need to figure out how to get your refund and get it replaced ASAP. The process is going to be different based on where you bought your phone and what cell carrier you have. Thankfully, the answers are readily available and Samsung is making the process as easy for you as possible.

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If your Galaxy Note7 has been recalled, you should stop using it immediately. If you bought your Note7 on or before September 15, then the recall affects you. Yours might be working perfectly well, and you might be tempted to keep using it. Having your phone recalled is inconvenient, but it’s not worth your safety, so even if your phone seems fine, you should power it down and get a new one.

The problem with the Galaxy Note7 is the battery. More than two dozen people have seen their phones actually catch fire or explode because of a battery problem. You don’t want this to happen to you. That’s why you should shut it off and leave it shut off.

Check Samsung for Instructions

Samsung has agreed to replace all the recalled Note7s that people purchased from them directly. Your options include getting a new “safe” Note7 (marked with a big blue S on the box), using a different battery, or a getting a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. Samsung is also willing to replace all your accessories, so if you bought a phone case or other Note accessories, you can turn them in and get new ones for your new Galaxy device.

Samsung’s website has a page devoted to the recall. There you’ll find a place to enter your serial number to find out if your phone is affected. They also have a list of phone numbers for popular retailers and carriers where you might have bought your Note7. Samsung also includes a phone number to contact them directly about the issue, and if you call you’re eligible for a $25 credit or gift card for your trouble.

Head to the Retail Store Where You Bought It

If you bought your Note7 at a popular retailer like Best Buy or Amazon, you should return it to the retailer. Best Buy is offering full refunds for Note 7s. Stop by a Best Buy store with your Note7 and the receipt (if you have it). Amazon is also giving full refunds for the phone, but they haven’t yet actually asked customers for the phones back. To get more information and for your refund, you’ll have to contact Amazon directly.

Go to Your Carrier

If you bought your Note7 through your carrier, each company is offering a slightly different deal to replace it. For example, T-Mobile offers one of the best deals out there: you can return your Note7 for a full refund of the purchase price. They’ll also take back the accessories you bought to go with the phone. Once you have your refund, T-Mobile gives you a few choices.

Get your Samsung Galaxy Note7 replaced with a new, safe Note7 in the T-Mobile store. You may also want to take the opportunity to explore a new phone, and the Galaxy S7 is a great alternative. If you’re not feeling kindly towards Samsung at the moment, T-Mobile offers lots of great phones from other companies with comparable features. Ask someone in the store for recommendations.

Before You Get a New Note7

Samsung is releasing a new Note7 model which they’ve branded as safe. Keep in mind that many airlines now don’t allow Note 7s on flights unless they’re switched completely off. If you travel often, you may want to change phones, because airlines don’t know whether you’re carrying one of the new safe models or an old dangerous one.

Turn in your Note7 as soon as possible and get a replacement so you don’t have to be without a phone for very long. Though you’re probably tempted to keep using it until you can get to the store, don’t. Be safe.

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones officially announced with Android 7.1]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171205 2016-10-09T16:47:19Z 2016-10-04T16:41:51Z At the Google event that was conducted in San Francisco today, the company has officially announced the two Pixel smartphones. Both smartphones already made their way via online retailers confirming specifications of both the devices ahead of the launch. Google Pixel is the base variant with a 5-inch display, whereas Pixel XL is the larger variant with a […]

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At the Google event that was conducted in San Francisco today, the company has officially announced the two Pixel smartphones. Both smartphones already made their way via online retailers confirming specifications of both the devices ahead of the launch. Google Pixel is the base variant with a 5-inch display, whereas Pixel XL is the larger variant with a 5.5-inch screen size and larger battery capacity. Both these smartphones will compete with the Galaxy S7 duo, Galaxy Note 7, and the Apple iPhone 7.

Google Pixel Specifications

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The Google Pixel sports a 5-inch display and has 2.5D corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top of it. Under the hood, there is 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 processor with Adreno 530 GPU. The Pixel features a 4GB of RAM and 32/128GB of internal storage. It packs a  2,770mAh battery and also has a fingerprint scanner.

In the imaging department there is 12.3-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front facing snapper. Google claims that it is the highest-rated smartphone camera anyone has ever made. It scores a  DxOMark Mobile score of 89, The rear-facing camera has f/2.0 aperture and big 1.55 micron pixels to capture ample light.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE,WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and USB Type-C port. The Pixel runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. The smartphone features the “Google Assistant” feature, making it the first smartphone in the world to come preloaded with it.

Google Pixel XL specifications:

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Google also introduced the Pixel XL smartphone along with the Pixel. The Google Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display that has a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 processor with Adreno 530 GPU can be seen in the Pixel XL too. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Camera remains the same: a 12.3-megapixel sensor at the rear and an 8-megapixel sensor at the back.

The Pixel XL packs a larger battery of 3450mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and USB Type-C port. Both smartphones will come in Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue colours. The Google Pixel costs $649 for the 32GB variant, while the 128GB variant is priced at $749. The Pixel XL costs $769 for the 32GB variant, and the 128GB costs $869.

The pre-order in India wil begin on Flipkart from October 13th. The 32GB variant of the Google Pixel costs INR 57,000 in India, while the 128GB variant of the Google Pixel XL costs INR  76,000 in the country.

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Motorola Moto E3 Power with 3500 mAh battery launching in India on September 19]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171190 2016-09-17T15:56:49Z 2016-09-17T15:54:08Z After launching mid-range smartphones Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play, Motorola is prepping for the launch of a new entry-level smartphone in India. The Lenovo-backed smartphone brand imported the Moto E3 Power to India a few days back. The Moto E3 Power has a 3,500mAh battery, and will be exclusively available through online retailer […]

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After launching mid-range smartphones Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play, Motorola is prepping for the launch of a new entry-level smartphone in India. The Lenovo-backed smartphone brand imported the Moto E3 Power to India a few days back. The Moto E3 Power has a 3,500mAh battery, and will be exclusively available through online retailer Flipkart.

Motorola Moto E3 Power Specifications

The Moto E3 Power ( XT1706) will sport a 5-inch 720p display. It will be equipped with a quad-core MediaTek  MT6735p SoC. It will also have 2GB of RAM and 8GB/16GB of internal storage that can be further expanded via a microSD card slot. The camera department is handled by an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Moto E3 Power will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and it might be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat in the next few months. Motorola is one of the few brands to update its smartphones to the latest version of Android rapidly. The smartphone might carry a price tag of $104.31 (INR 6,999). The Moto E3 Power will be officially made available on September 19 in India.

Source: Gear

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 still running on Android 5.1 Lollipop after MIUI 8 update]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171183 2016-09-15T18:44:49Z 2016-09-15T18:44:49Z Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 8 during the announcement of the Mi Max back in May 2016. The company had announced that many smartphones in the Redmi and Mi series of smartphones would receive MIUI 8 update with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The beta version of the ROM was released as scheduled in China first, but the international schedule seems to be behind schedule. The most popular smartphone […]

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Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 8 during the announcement of the Mi Max back in May 2016. The company had announced that many smartphones in the Redmi and Mi series of smartphones would receive MIUI 8 update with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The beta version of the ROM was released as scheduled in China first, but the international schedule seems to be behind schedule. The most popular smartphone from the company this year, the Redmi Note 3, is still running Android 5.1 Lollipop. This is quite a shame, especially since Google has released Android 7.0 Nougat recently.

The MIUI 8 update was supposed to be based on Android Marshmallow, but that isn’t the case with the Redmi Note 3. The update includes the revamped notifications and quick settings toggles with a bright and colorful UI as seen on Samsung smartphones. The company has also used new icons that are more colorful. The calendar and calculator app have received new designs as well. Camera and Gallery apps have received makeovers as well.

MIUI 8 also brings dual apps, a way to run two instances of the same app. A new Quick Ball feature also improves one-handed usage for large screen smartphones. There’s a new photo and video editor in MIUI 8 ROM. The current update has some bugs, the battery life is lower than expected. Currently, the company is prepping the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 5s and the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, both of which are high-end smartphones.

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