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Xiaomi’s Bad Week

Thanks to Eric in Comments for pointing out this first item.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note allegedly sending user data to China surreptitiously. The original source is here [Google Translate]. And now someone on the English-language MIUI forum has picked it up. Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra says all this isn’t true.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi made headlines today by being fined by the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission over irregularities with deadlined sales of several of its phones. This led to a bunch of public apologies on Weibo [first, second, third, fourth, fifth], and publicity on Weibo news channels [first, second], and news coverage on Weibo [Google Translate], and at China tech sites [Google Translate, Google Translate]. Google Translate makes it all too ambiguous for me to judge. I can’t tell if outright fraud was involved or poor accounting. Either way, Xiaomi was caught, humiliated, had to pay a fat fine, apologized, and promised not to let it happen again.

Without any links, because I think it’s trivial, Xiaomi is also being dumped on for not including NFC in the new Mi 4 phone. Xiaomi insists that of the millions of phones they’ve sold that have NFC, it’s been used so little that it’s just not worth including any longer.

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Onda V989 Gets Second Review

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At PC Online [Google Translate].

I’m not even going to bother to quote any of it. iambillbil, despite not covering the camera, did a better job.

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Samsung Galaxy Studio

Photos taken today, Tuesday July 29, 2014; resized, click to enlarge.

This is just one block away from the Apple Store in SOHO:

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Root Onda V975i & Onda V989

Onda OS — a hacking group not affiliated with Onda — announced via a Weibo communique rooting tool downloads for the Onda V975i and Onda V989 tablets:

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New Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone Sells Out In 37 Seconds

Xiaomi’s new Mi 4 phone went on sale today and promptly sold all the unknown number of units available, says a Weibo communique from the company:

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MIUI 6 Will Do Split-Screening

Xiaomi will be going after Samsung’s lunch. The rumor is MIUI 6 — to be released August 16th — will offer split-screening [Google Translate]:

Meanwhile MIUI 6 also for large-screen mobile phone optimized version allegedly split screen function will use two-finger mode, the user opens a program window to push two fingers on the screen will shrink, while the bottom of the pop-up window which will Some common applications are pre-defined user, click to open it, it will in the next half-screen display.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

No doubt that will also come to the Xiaomi MiPad, further upsetting the entire tablet balance of power.

Teclast previously announced it will add split-screening to Android.

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Onda V989: Customized Firmware

Even Onda has pimped this, in a Weibo communique today.

No doubt because it turbocharges whatever cheating they’ve baked into the tablet:

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See the (locked) forum post: Google Translate, Bing Translator.

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Onda V989 Disassembled

Thanks to ftechno in Comments for this!

Onda V989 Disassembly [Google Translate]

Still some tape …

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APK Downloader

Thanks to Shadowcek in Comments for this tip!

APK Downloader

Have you ever wanted to get your hands on the latest game, only to find that the Google Play thought it wasn’t compatible with your phone?

Maybe you don’t have a snapdragon device, but you’re pretty sure an old device could handle it still. Have a Kindle Fire and want access to more than just the Amazon AppStore?

Until now you’ve been stuck, but a new online service also come with Chrome extension called APK Downloader will allow you to download an apk file from the Google Play directly to your desktop rather than to your device.

Just paste in the Google Play Store URL and you’re off!

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The Intel Monster And The iPad

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Google Translate: Why the iPad is no longer favored

Aside from the plummeting market share of the iPad (which Apple probably doesn’t care about as they drive caravans of trucks stuffed with money to their banks), there’s a startling revelation about Intel and Shenzhen.

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