Google Lists More Places to Find Android TV, Changes for Android N

Google did not spend too much time detailing changes for the Android TV platform during its opening I/O keynote yesterday, but following the event, plenty of information was posted to the company’s official blog. Not only did Google explain where potential Android TV users could find the platform in new 2016 TV and set-top hardware from various companies, but also explained a few changes we will see once Android N hits the platform.  (more…)

Hugo Barra Teases Xiaomi Mi Android TV Reveal for Google I/O?

Hugo Barra, former master presenter of Android at Google who now overseas the fun happening with Xiaomi, teased a couple of interesting bits of Google I/O related material this week, prompting those of us in this tech sphere to wonder if Xiaomi has co-developed a product with Google to be announced tomorrow. You can see the tweets below that prompted the speculation, both of which appear to show something gaming and TV focused.  (more…)

Xiaomi’s US Accessory Store Opens Today at 7PM Pacific With Cheap Goods Like a $15 Fitness Tracker

Earlier this year, Xiaomi – maker of all things insanely cheap that happen to look a lot (seriously, a lot a lot) like Apple products – announced that it would begin its move into the US by selling its line of ultra-affordable accessories. Their phones may arrive at some point down the road as well, but for now, they want to get you familiar with their brand by tempting you into picking up things like a $15 fitness tracker, $10 5000mAh power bank, or $80 premium headphones. Today, the temptation officially begins.  (more…)

HTC Would Rather be “Cool” Than Compete With Xiaomi, Predicts 29% Revenue Decline for Q2

HTC reported modest profit of $11 million for the quarter that just ended, with revenues also growing year-over-year, giving them a couple of quarters in a row of actual growth. Unfortunately, those positive signs aren’t going to hang around long, as the company’s Q2 target isn’t exactly strong. HTC expects revenues to drop by up to 29% year-over-year, which is surprising since they just announced their new flagship phone (HTC One M9) for the year that should have been a driving force for the next three months. Should we take that as HTC already expecting it to be a flop?  (more…)

Qualcomm: Forget Samsung! All These Other Huge…Errr…Awesome Manufacturers Love the Snapdragon 810!

What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside.  (more…)

Xiaomi Announces the Mi Note Pro, Mi Note, Mi Box Mini, and Mi Headphones

Xiaomi sure had a fun Thursday morning. The Chinese electronics manufacturer unwrapped four new products today that all are worth mentioning, even if none of them will ever arrive in the US. From new oversized Galaxy Note-like phones, to a mini Android-powered box that is no bigger than a wall adapter, to audiophile-grade headphones, they sort of dropped a little bit of everything.  (more…)

Xiaomi Valued at $45 Billion, Higher Than Sony and Nokia

Xiaomi is in the news quite a lot these days, and for good reason; the company that Hugo Barra left Google for has undergone explosive growth since the debut of its first smartphone in 2011. And it shows no sign of stopping. The Beijing-based smartphone maker was valued at $45 billion in a fundraising round today, ahead of veritable startup Uber, and even established companies like Sony and Nokia.  (more…)

Xiaomi Announces the Mi 4, 5″ Full HD Display and Snapdragon 801 for $320

Xiaomi announced their latest smartphone early this morning, the Mi 4. Before you go getting excited for a new contender on US shores, make note that Xiaomi has stated that it will not make the phone available for US buyers, as our buyers are not in their plans as of right now. In the chance that you do import one from overseas, without knowing if it features the proper radios to work on our networks, the phone likely will not have access to Google Play for all of your apps and services. It’s a downer, but it is what it is.

Regardless of where the phone will land, the Mi 4 features a good spec list, especially considering its price of approximately $320 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 64GB variant. The device features a 5″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing shooter (Sony sensor), 8MP front-facing camera, 3,080mAh battery, stainless steel frame, and comes running Android 4.4+ with a bit of MIUI tweaks on top.  (more…)