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MIUI 9 will come to 40 Xiaomi devices

Even six-year-old phones will get the update!

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It’s a stretch to think your smartphone will receive firmware updates two years after its original launch, but Xiaomi is taking it to another level by providing its latest MIUI 9 software to 40 of its devices both new and old.

While it’s expected for phones like the Mi Mix 2 to be first in line for the update (in fact, it already arrived for the flagship), it’s amazing that something as old as the Mi 2 from 2012 will get MIUI 9, as well.

Take note, however, that MIUI 9 is based on Android 7.0 Nougat and not the newer Oreo build. This shouldn’t matter to Xiaomi users though, since MIUI strips most of what stock Android looks like and forms its own optimized interface.

Naturally, the newly released Android One-based Mi A1 isn’t part of the list, and remains to be the only Xiaomi phone free of the MIUI skin.

Here’s the full lineup:

  1. Mi Mix 2
  2. Mi Mix
  3. Mi 6
  4. Mi 5
  5. Mi 5S
  6. Mi 5S Plus
  7. Mi 5C
  8. Mi 5X
  9. Mi 4
  10. Mi 4S
  11. Mi 4C
  12. Mi 3
  13. Mi 2
  14. Mi 2S
  15. Mi Note 3
  16. Mi Note 2
  17. Mi Note
  18. Mi Max 2
  19. Mi Max
  20. Mi Pad 3
  21. Mi Pad 2
  22. Mi Pad
  23. Redmi Pro
  24. Redmi Note 5A
  25. Redmi Note 4
  26. Redmi Note 4X
  27. Redmi Note 3
  28. Redmi Note 2
  29. Redmi Note
  30. Redmi 5
  31. Redmi 5 Plus
  32. Redmi 5A
  33. Redmi 4
  34. Redmi 4X
  35. Redmi 4A
  36. Redmi 3S
  37. Redmi 3X
  38. Redmi 2
  39. Redmi 2A
  40. Redmi 1S

Source: Weibo

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Netflix is testing engagement by putting ads between episodes

Netflix, no chill

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How would you feel if, after a long day at work, you were relaxing and catching up on a series you’ve been excited to binge, and it gets interrupted by “But first, check out…” followed by a trailer of another show? If you’re miffed at the thought then you should sip your most calming tea, because that’s exactly what Netflix has started to do.

The streaming big shot has confirmed to Ars Technica that this move is a test to see whether or not inserting these ads would help speed up viewers’ discovery of new titles that they’ll like. Right now, these ads only appear for some people globally, but Netflix did not confirm how long this test will last.

The move has garnered some backlash from users encountering the ads, but Netflix has said that, although they are aware of the “chatter on social channels,” their focus is more on the engagement to these ads and that this is what will determine a wider rollout in the future.

If you find yourself faced with these ads though, apparently you can opt out of these tests. That way, you’ll still be able to Netflix, chill, and binge watch the night (and/or day) away.

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Huawei’s Nova 3 to go on open sale starting August 23

More than 50 million units have been shipped globally

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Just last month, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and 3i in India, and since then the duo has been up for purchase via flash sales in India. The company says the two phones have garnered incredible response globally and more than 50 million units have been shipped as of now.

Huawei has announced that the Nova 3i’s next flash sale will be held on August 21. On the other hand, the more powerful Nova 3 will be available via open sales (not flash) starting August 23, 1 PM. Both phones are exclusively sold on Amazon.in, and Prime members can order the Nova 3 from 12 noon itself.

The Nova 3 is priced at INR 34,999 (US$ 500) and competes against the mighty OnePlus 6. The phone has an edge over the OnePlus counterpart thanks to the beautiful glass backing that has nice color gradients. It features Huawei’s latest processor along with added AI capabilities and a GPU Turbo mode for a more refined gaming experience.

The phone comes with a host of offers including zero fee EMI and screen protection insurance. American Express cardholders are eligible for an instant cashback of INR 3,000, while telecom operator Jio is bundling along 100GB of data worth INR 3,300 along with the phone.

The Nova 3i is a midrange phone that features the same premium glass backing along with a slightly weaker processor. Though, it also houses a host of AI-powered features along with the popular GPU Turbo mode.  The phone is priced at INR 20,990 and competes against the Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi A2.

The Nova 3i too has many offers bundled along, including an instant five percent discount when purchased via HDFC credit and debit cards. Zero-fee EMI options up to nine months are also available.

The two phones are cheaper siblings of the P20 Pro and feature the same high-end design language along with a suite of smart features thanks to EMUI.

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Vivo X23 teased online with small notch, in-display fingerprint reader

It’s Vivo’s turn to have a new phone

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OPPO‘s newest phones, the F9 and R17, now have smaller display notches. This is actually a trend among Chinese phone brands with Vivo aboard the wagon.

The upcoming Vivo X23 has just been teased on the company’s website with some of its key features. The main one is probably the latest fourth-generation under-display fingerprint reader which should be faster and more accurate than the NEX’s. It’s pretty obvious that the X23 will not have a complicated front camera setup ala OPPO Find X or iPhone X.

Image credit: Vivo

The X23’s front will have a teardrop notch and reportedly a 91.2 percent screen-to-body ratio. The dual-camera setup on the back of the X23 will now have a secondary super wide-angle camera rather than just a depth sensor for bokeh.

As for the material on the back, it appears to have a glass panel with a 3D color layer with blue or violet colors.

Vivo didn’t unveil much about the X23 apart from its physical design but since it has an under-display fingerprint reader, it’s safe to assume that its display will be an AMOLED panel.

There are no pricing and availability details yet, but Vivo is set to announce it in the coming days.

Source: Vivo

SEE ALSO: Vivo NEX Review: Worth it?

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