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MIUI 10 continues to prove that it’s the best Android skin

It’ll make its way to new and old devices

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It’s that time of the year to have a new Xiaomi flagship phone and a refreshed MIUI version. Since MIUI 8, not much has changed in the overall feel of Xiaomi’s own take on Android until now. MIUI 10 is official and the best news about it is it’s also coming to older Xiaomi phones.

The first thing you’ll notice about MIUI 10 is how clean and minimal the interface is. Xiaomi stresses that the new UI is optimized for modern devices with bezel-less designs like their very own Mi Mix 2S with intuitive navigation gestures we first saw on MIUI 9.5.

The noticeable changes to the UI include a new Recent Apps screen which has been revamped to display more apps at once and use vertical scrolling, a refreshed notification bar, and an Android P-like design with circular shortcut buttons.

Of course, there are also some under-the-hood improvements and AI is now an integral part of MIUI. You can now consider MIUI as an AI-powered software that constantly learns from your habits and improves by anticipating your actions. It’s just like how EMUI 8.0 works on new Huawei phones.

Thanks to AI, even single camera Xiaomi phones can now shoot with bokeh. The AI-enhanced camera software can analyze the depth of the scene without a secondary sensor. It won’t be as good as true dual-camera phones, but it’s a neat upgrade for older Xiaomi devices.

There’s also a new Car Mode that helps during a commute. There’s no need to load Android Auto because MIUI can automatically optimize the layout of the phone for better navigation, listen to voice commands, and reduce distractions while driving.

The best thing about MIUI 10 is its availability. It’ll make its way to new and old Xiaomi devices. Here are the target months of the software rollout — at least in China:

June:

  • Mi 8
  • Mi 8 SE
  • Mi Mix 2S
  • Mi Mix 2
  • Mi Mix
  • Mi 6X
  • Mi 6
  • Mi 5
  • Mi Note 2
  • Redmi S2
  • Redmi Note 5

July:

  • Mi Note 3
  • Mi 5X
  • Mi 5C
  • Mi 5S
  • Mi 5S Plus
  • Mi 4
  • Mi 4C
  • Mi 4S
  • Mi Max 2
  • Mi Max
  • Redmi 5
  • Redmi 5A
  • Redmi 5 Plus
  • Redmi 4
  • Redmi 4A
  • Redmi 4X
  • Redmi 3S/3X
  • Redmi Pro
  • Redmi Note 5A
  • Redmi Note 4
  • Redmi Note 4X
  • Redmi Note 3

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Haul: Spring Edition

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Does the Google Pixel 3 XL scratch too easily?

Here’s how to remove them

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Within the past month, Google has consistently made headlines. Everyone is talking about Google’s new smartphones — the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. At the time, the media’s speculative talk painted an optimistic picture of the eventual launch. True to the hype, the Pixel 3 duo opened to much fanfare.

Now, with the launch in the rear-view mirror, the Pixel 3 is finally getting its fair share of criticism. Naturally, critics are putting the smartphone through all sorts of stress tests. Besides performance benchmarks, these include hardware durability tests. More famously, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything specializes in destroying smartphones.

As per his usual regimen, the YouTuber tried to damage the Pixel 3 XL’s front and rear panels. The results are both surprising and disappointing.

On a positive note, the smartphone’s Gorilla Glass 5 withstood all damage. The scratch test proved Corning’s ironclad claims in the past. At the very least, the Pixel 3 XL is safe from substantial damage.

However, JerryRigEverything discovered a more surprising revelation. The Pixel 3 XL’s back is remarkably prone to scratches. Upon scratching the surface, a sturdy key left clearly visible marks on the smooth exterior. Unlike the Gorilla Glass front, the rear is partially made with just frosted glass. Sadly, the video concluded without offering any solutions. Seemingly, the scars came with permanence.

Fortunately, another YouTuber, Erica Griffin, debunked JerryRigEverything’s claims. After confirming the aesthetic flaw, Griffin showed what the scratches really are and how to remove them. Instead of deep scratches, the scarring is actually just residue of the key. Afterwards, Griffin washed the blemishes with water, soap, and a toothbrush. The method completely erased all traces of the scars.

Indeed, the rear is more prone to scratches. However, if you find yourself with a horridly scratched rear, there is an easy way to clean your phone without taking it in for repairs. Just don’t try scratching your phone deliberately.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 XL Unboxing

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock is not as secure as it’s supposed to be

It’s easy to fool

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The recent buzz in the smartphone realm is all about the Mate 20 series from Huawei. When the company officially announced the new flagship phones, we were in awe at what they can do. Although, no phone is perfect and early releases come with flaws. Take the Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock feature for example. It’s supposed to be more secure than the usual security measure, but it turns out it’s not.

With two biometric unlocking methods, the Mate 20 Pro should be one of the most secure and convenient phones. You can unlock using the in-display fingerprint reader or use the 3D face recognition with all the complex sensors like Apple’s Face ID. Unfortunately, the latter is not working right for the guys over at AndroidPit in Germany.

The video is in German but you’ll get the context. Check out the video below:

According to the Steffen Herget of AndroidPit, the Mate 20 Pro they have for review quickly unlocks with his face and also his colleague’s. It didn’t happen one time, and it’s not done intentionally.

Steffen and his colleague do look alike, though. They both have a full beard and similar short hair. But, they’re neither twins nor related to each other. This is where the security features of 3D face unlock should come into play, but things aren’t working as expected.

Huawei does claim that their 3D face unlock feature has a failure rate of 1:1,000,000, which is the same as Apple’s Face ID, so it shouldn’t be that easy to be fooled.

This issue could be fixed by a firmware update, especially since the software of review units are pre-final. The retail version might have newer firmware, but this is not looking good for Huawei.

You may head over to the source link (it’s also in German) below to read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s 3D face unlock fail. Huawei has yet to issue a statement or a quick fix.

Source: AndroidPit

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

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Honor Watch to launch alongside Magic 2

Coming October 31

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Honor will be launching its flagship Magic 2 with its manual sliding camera mechanism by the end of the month, and coming along for the ride is the Honor Watch.

Based on a teaser shared by Honor on Chinese website Weibo, the Honor Watch is set to be unveiled on October 31.

Other than that, not much else is known about Honor’s first truly smart watch.

There’s speculation that it’ll resemble the recently launched Huawei Watch GT, but will be sold at a cheaper price, which Honor has been doing with its smartphones.

Whatever the case, it’ll simply add to the numerous tech launches we’ve been experiencing this month. Before this event, we’ll still see new products from Xiaomi, Apple, and OnePlus, to name a few.

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