This afternoon, CyanogenMod took to its official Google+ page to tease a new piece of info to anxious fans, claiming that they do in fact have a new hardware partner. Previous speculation has pointed to OPPO unveiling another CM-powered device, but other guesses are leaning towards OEMs such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, and even HTC. Given the post clearly states “new” partner, it is anyone’s best guess at this point. (more…)
Xiaomi, the same company that recently acquired Hugo Barra from Google’s Android team, announced its latest flagship smartphone today – the Mi3. It is clear that the device is not running stock Android as seen in the picture above, but is in fact Android 4.2+ covered heavily by Xiaomi’s custom skin. (more…)
According to AllThingsD, Hugo Barra, the vice president of product management for Android, has decided to leave Google to take a position at Xiaomi. If you have followed the Android world at any level over the last couple of years, or have paid attention to Google’s Android-focused events, you have more than likely seen or heard the name Hugo Barra. He frequently stands on stage to show off new operating system features and the new devices that Google has in-store. In a way, he has been the face and voice of all things new to Android. (more…)
Anyone remember the Mi-One? It was the first attempt from Xiaomi, makers of the MIUI custom ROM and launcher into the Chinese hardware game. It had a few good specs, but it never found its way over to the US by any means. Well, it turns out that Xiaomi is ready for round two, but their new device, entitled the Mi-Two will be one of the world’s most powerful Android devices ever built.
With the official spec sheet being detailed this morning, there are few devices that compare, at least on paper. Housing Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chip clocked at 1.5GHz, running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, and featuring a 4.3″ 720p IPS display from Sharp, this phone is a true beast of beasts. (more…)