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After the long wait, Xiaomi is finally giving MIUI an app drawer

This is long overdue!

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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE | Image credit: GadgetMatch

One of the notable features of the Android operating system is the app drawer. Since Google introduced the Android OS to the world, the app drawer has always been present. However, phone manufacturers customize the OS according to their liking.

Chinese brands are known culprits of omitting the app drawer to make their interface similar to Apple’s iOS. Some have already embraced the app drawer (thankfully!) and Xiaomi is just about to join the gang.

The app drawer is not exactly a major feature, but it’s something that people want. Which is why Xiaomi is finally adding an app drawer to MIUI. Better late than never, right?

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With the latest alpha build of the MIUI launcher version number 4.10.6.1025-06141703, Xiaomi phones will finally get an app drawer. Based on the screenshots obtained by XDA Developers, it appears that the app drawer is accessible by tapping on the middle button. So far, there’s no swipe up gesture option.

Apart from the app drawer, MIUI will also soon have app shortcuts. These feature has been around since Android 7.1 Nougat and it’s accessed by long pressing an app icon.

Since this new version of MIUI is still in the alpha stage of development, nothing is final and stable. Also, it might take a few weeks or months before it rolls out to Xiaomi phones.

It’s quite surprising how long it took for Xiaomi to make this happen. Xiaomi’s bang-for-the-buck Pocophone F1 launched with an app drawer thanks to its special Poco Launcher. The launcher is based on MIUI; moreover, you can easily download the Poco Launcher from the Play Store.

If you have a Xiaomi phone and want to have an app drawer immediately, I strongly suggest downloading the Poco Launcher while you wait for the official MIUI version to come as an update. Those who feel adventurous can try out the MIUI Launcher alpha here, but it could be really buggy.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 with a colored display and 20-day battery life

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Google Drive was down for PLDT users

Service appears to be working now

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Google Drive was not working for PLDT users in the Philippines.

Multiple users in the Philippines have taken to Twitter to express frustration that Google Drive is down. The earliest tweets started at around 7PM (GMT+8). As of writing, the service continues to not work for some people.

Some tweeters have pointed out that the problem is with the Internet Service Provider PLDT. Some have switched to using a different ISP and it has worked for them.

PLDT replying to queries

PLDT has yet to fully acknowledge the problem and have only so far replied to a handful of customers who have tagged them to flag the issue.

As of 4:24AM (GMT+8), the service has returned for some users.

Google Drive is Google’s cloud service that’s also home to its Office Suite of apps including Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Several people rely on the service both for study and work.

 
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Mi 11 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

Ultra-slim midranger

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Mi 11 Lite

The youngest sibling from the Mi 11 series expansion announcement, the Mi 11 Lite, has made its way to the Philippines.

Despite an overall slim footprint, it does sport a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10. It also has a 4,250mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chip. It’s a chip that’s more than capable of handling most of what you’ll do on a smartphone. Into gaming? Yes, this phone can certainly handle that. It even employs the LiquidCool tech to keep you cool even as the game heats up.

It also has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Yes, this is only the 4G version. No word yet if the 5G one will arrive in the country. Its camera setup are as follows: 64MP f/1.79 Wide. 8MP f/2.2 UWA, 5MP f/2.4 Telemacro, and 16MP selfie camera.

The phone will come in three colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue and Peach Pink.

Price and availability

The Mi 11 Lite will retail for PhP 14,990 and will be available for purchase from Authorized Mi Stores and partner retailers nationwide as well as our official stores in Lazada and Shopee starting April 24.

Watch our Mi 11 Lite Unboxing and Hands-On

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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