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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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Samsung files a patent for a bezel-less, notch-less Galaxy Note

Bad news: no audio port

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This year’s quest for the holy grail hunts for a truly bezel-less and notch-less smartphone. Phone makers frantically push for their own takes on all-screen phones.

With a new patent, Samsung is throwing their hat into the ring with a Galaxy Note-like device that eliminates bezels altogether.

In the patent, the included drawing depicts a phone that takes out the residual bottom chin and reduces the top bezel to a notch-less strip.

Notably, the patent also majorly alters Samsung’s usual design philosophy for the rear panel. Instead of the usual central positioning, Samsung has moved this phone’s rear camera to the upper-left corner, similar to the iPhone X and Huawei P20.

Image source: United States Patent and Trademark Office

Also, despite the lack of a home button, the phone doesn’t add a new button for a fingerprint sensor. This likely implies that Samsung is making significant headway with an under-screen fingerprint sensor. (The feature will likely make an appearance on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9, as well.)

For all its optimism, the patented phone depicts a hugely disappointing non-feature — the lack of a 3.5mm audio port. Currently, Samsung remains one of the last bastions of the celebrated audio port. The patent’s lack of the feature is a stark surprise from the Korean company.

Right now, this specific form factor has found significant traction with the new Vivo NEX. However, Vivo’s take on the design still carries a noticeable bottom chin and a controversial pop-up camera.

Regardless, Samsung’s patent will likely enter production after this year’s slate of Samsung phones. The company has already scheduled the Galaxy Note 9’s launch on August 9.

To add to this, another leak indicates that even the Galaxy S series will feature bezel-less screens next year.

SEE ALSO: Samsung might launch a 512GB Galaxy Note 9 in Korea and China

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Does this confirm the ASUS ROG Phone coming to the US?

Finally leaving Taiwan

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One of the biggest mysteries during the ROG Phone launch — among many — was when and where the ASUS gaming phone was going to be rolled out.

Outside of the obvious homeland of Taiwan and “coming soon,” there wasn’t much else divulged about the availability, or even the price for that matter, but we may have found one major clue.

The US website of ASUS put up a dedicated page for the ROG Phone. While it doesn’t indicate any of the details we want to know, it’s a strong indicator that the gaming handset is in fact on its way to the other side of the world.

ASUS executives themselves promised that the device will become commercially available some time during the second half of 2018, and with that about to begin in a little over a week, more details may soon be known.

For now, the ROG Phone is still the most powerful handset ASUS has released to date, and continues to be the most attractive gaming smartphone this year.

You can learn more about it in our hands-on video here:

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Apple plans to remove the iPhone’s Lightning port soon

In anticipation for the AirPower wireless charger

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A few years ago, Apple eliminated the audio jack from its iPhones, ending years of tangled cords and loose-fitting earbuds. The move rightfully irked audio fans, citing lost AirPods and monopolized accessories.

Sadly, Apple is continuing its war against I/O ports. By September, the company will release their first official wireless charging mat, the AirPower.

Of course, Apple’s AirPower isn’t the first exclusive charging mat in the smartphone industry. Currently, Android smartphones also tout their own Qi wireless charging mats. However, despite wireless prevalence, Android phone makers have not announced plans to remove wired charging altogether.

Shockingly (or perhaps not), Apple already has plans to remove the iPhone’s Lightning port. According to Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman, the company considered removing the port as early as the iPhone X.

At the time, Apple did not have the guns to back up their vision. Since the AirPower hasn’t launched yet, a push for wireless exclusivity is ill advised.

Although, with the AirPower’s nearing release, Apple’s desire to eliminate all wired accessories is slowly coming to reality. Despite last year’s setback, Apple is still adamant to create a completely wireless iPhone.

Notably, the Lightning port’s capabilities extend from just simply charging. The port also supports media and file transfers from larger devices. Eliminating the port also puts a premium on wireless file transfers.

Without a Lightning port, Apple is realizing an iPhone that will look like a slab of glass. As of now, a Lightning-less iPhone will likely spark more controversy for Apple. The company has already earned a lot of ire for removing the 3.5mm audio port.

Regardless, an I/O-less iPhone is coming sooner than we would like.

SEE ALSO: Apple might switch to USB-C, fast charging in the future

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