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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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Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

States the Philippines’ robust cybersecurity measures

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Throughout the past few days, the Huawei debacle has devastated companies and consumers across the globe. Everyone is falling for the fear. Huawei’s long-standing suppliers have cut ties with the company. Huawei’s consumers are getting rid of their favored headsets. The wave has swept the whole world.

Naturally, the Philippines isn’t immune. Recently, smartphone retailers and resellers have started refusing Huawei devices from their stores. Local Huawei users can’t easily sell their devices to the second-hand market anymore.


However, an important question still stands. How much will the Huawei ban affect the Philippines?

Of course, the ban originates from Trump’s trade war against China. Among other reasons, the American government cites the company’s inherent cybersecurity risks as the prime motivator. Supposedly, Huawei’s telecommunications hardware can transmit valuable data to the Chinese government. Given the Philippines’ proximity to China, are we also at risk?

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Huawei’s ban “will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry.” Shared through a Facebook post, the DICT assures users of the country’s robust cybersecurity measures. As of now, the department has not reported any cybersecurity breaches coming from Huawei equipment.

Likewise, shortly after the news broke, local telcos confirmed continued support for Huawei’s devices. According to the DICT, “they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof.” The department is also imposing strict rules on local telcos regarding network monitoring. The statement also quickly adds the imposition of the same rules on a potential third telco.

Is the DICT’s statement believable? For now, Huawei’s impact is still marginal at best. Companies and consumers are going on the perceived risk of the future. Right now, Huawei has not announced drastic changes to its products yet. Existing Huawei products still support Google.

Of course, cybersecurity is another issue. The risk will always exist when foreign companies control the telecommunications equipment of another country. At the very least, the DICT isn’t treating the whole debacle as a non-issue. Hopefully, the department’s promises are an optimistic sign for the country’s telecommunications industry.

SEE ALSO: Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

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IGTV adds support for horizontal video

No longer exclusive to vertical content

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When Instagram’s IGTV platform first launched, it was special for its focus on vertically oriented videos. The reasoning here is that this is how people naturally hold their smartphones, and vertical video recording has become a standard.

Unfortunately, IGTV didn’t exactly fly from the get-go. Even after certain adjustments, such as integrating its system into Instagram itself for better exposure, content creators and casual users couldn’t fully embrace the platform.


In yet another move — possibly the most drastic yet — IGTV will now support landscape videos. This comes as a response to both creators and viewers who want to upload and watch videos in “a more natural way.”

“Ultimately, our vision is to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want,” wrote Instagram on its blog.

The blog reminds us that a similar change happened to Instagram in 2015, when you could start uploading photos in non-square formats. IGTV hopes that this transformation will have the same positive effect.

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OPPO K3 introduces pop-up camera to budget segment

Includes midrange specs and fast charging

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It’s looking like pop-up cameras are here to stay. After making a splash last year, more and more smartphones have been using this implementation for notch-less displays.

The latest to join the trend is the OPPO K3, a budget smartphone with midrange specifications. Not only does it have a 16-megapixel camera that elevates from the top, it also owns a fast Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6.5-inch OLED panel with an under-display fingerprint scanner.


That’s fantastic for a phone that retails at CNY 1,599 (US$ 230) for the 6GB+64GB model and CNY 1,899 (US$ 274) for the 8GB+128GB variant.

And the generous features don’t end there. The OPPO K3 also comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, a hefty 3765mAh battery, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back.

The only downsides are the micro-USB port instead of the more preferable USB-C, and the ColorOS 6 skin on top of Android 9 Pie, which purists may say isn’t as feature-packed as other Android skins.

The OPPO K3 is already available in China. International availability, as always, will happen at a later date if we’re lucky.

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