100 Beta Testers Wanted for MIUI 6! Come on and Apply!

Hi MIUIers,

MIUI has gone a long way from V1 to V5, and this week is really special, since MIUI will have its 200th weekly update. Thank you all for always being there for us.

Meanwhile, MIUI 6 is getting closer each day, how excited are you? We will start beta testing for MIUI 6 right after its launch event, and 100 lucky ones would get the chance to test it first. If you think you fit our requirements and could do this job well, come on and apply here!

As it’s closed beta version, there are still many bugs. It’s kind of risky to flash it.
Please think carefully before applying. Thanks!

Requirements:
1. You need to have a Mi 3 WCDMA/CDMA or Mi 4
2. Your MIUI English forum credits should be over 50
3. You need to report bugs in this forum
4. You need to write a review about MIUI 6 and post it in this forum
5.  Please don’t leak the rom package before the official release. Otherwise, you will be removed from the beta team immediately

Rights:
1. Read permission: 160
2. Larger attachment size
3. Access to MIUI daily updates
4. Priority of joining MIUI official activities
5. Special forum rewards and medals

The reason why we want 50 credits is that we want to give more chances to active users in this forum. Applicants with more credits are preferred to be beta testers. If we can’t find enough users with enough credits, we’ll consider those with less credits. It’s easy to get credits by posting threads and replies in the forum. Hope you understand.

APPLY HERE : EN.MIUI.COM

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How to get Root for Redmi 1S WCDMA

This simple step-by-step guide is based on the procedure for Mi3 from @Helgo9 but of course adapted for Redmi 1S. It has been successfully tested on Redmi 1S WCDMA by @imranz with JHCCNBD23.0 and by @matthi with JHCCNBD24.0, furthermore by @adinovic on Redmi 1S CDMA with JHCCNBD23.0. Many thanks go to @sta-s2z.

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S with stable MIUI ROM
  • Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1
  • update.zip file (attached)

update.zip (1.26 MB) 

Summary:
By flashing the attached zip file via recovery the already existing su binary gets the proper permissions and the MIUI version number x.0 is appended to x.0.1 so that the firmware behaves like a developer version and unlocks the stock root.

Root can then be turned on in Security app -> Permissions -> Root permission.

Steps:

  • Download the file update.zip to your PC (because download via browser on phone often is not working properly)
  • Connect your Redmi 1S via USB
  • Copy the file update.zip to the folder ‘Computer\HM 1S\Internal storage’ (root of internal storage)
  • Disconnect your Redmi 1S properly (‘Safely remove hardware…’)
  • Boot into Mi-Recovery
  • Select and confirm ‘English‘ (or Chinese if you are capable to understand)
  • Select and confirm ‘Install update.zip to System‘, this will take one second
  • Select and confirm ‘Reboot’
  • After reboot go to Security app -> Permissions and activate Root permission
  • Enjoy your rooted Redmi 1S

Caution:

  • This is a safe process, but I am not responsible for anything bad that happens to your phone
  • After receiving ROOT the system cannot be upgraded by OTA
  • But you can upgrade the firmware by flashing the stable version again without wipe, after this the root is gone and you can updgrade to new firmware and most probably execute the root steps from above again

Credits to AndroidFuchs from en.miui.com

MIUI V5 based on Andorid 4.4 KitKat now in beta on the Xiaomi Mi3

Latest UPDATE : MIUI is already recruiting 50 Beta testers for this Friday’s release.

Xiaomi Mi3 owners will be happy to learn that MIUI V5 based on Android 4.4 KitKat is now undergoing beta tests!

Xiaomi owners have been able to enjoy higher than average specifications and frequent updates to the MIUI ROM, but still don’t have the luxury of running the latest build of Google’s open-source mobile operating system. This will soon change though as MIUI V5 based on KitKat is now undergoing beta tests in China on the flagship Xiaomi Mi3 (WCDMA 3G version pictured here).

miui kitkat xiaomi mi3

In this case Xiaomi are slightly off the mark and follow Meizu in to the KitKat era, and aren’t likely to publicly realease Android 4.4 for the Mi3 until after the launch of the OnePlus One phone which does boast the latest Android build!

Latest UPDATE : MIUI is already recruiting 50 Beta testers for this Friday’s release.

Via: gizchina.com

China’s Xiaomi makes strides in smartphone race

China’s low-cost smartphone maker Xiaomi is making great strides in the global smartphone race with two of its models ranking in a list of the world’s top 10 bestselling smartphones for the first time.

Xiaomi’s Hongmi Redrice and Mi3 smartphones were the 7th and 10th top selling models globally in February, according to a new report from Counterpoint Technology Market Research.

Apple’s iPhone 5s remained the bestselling phone in the world – a position it has held for six straight months. The iPhone 5c, meanwhile, came in at second place, mostly due to the big clearance discounts in Western markets, Counterpoint said. Rival Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 tied for 3rd place.

“At the global level there has been little brand diversity over recent months. However the appearance of Xiaomi on the best sellers list highlights an increasing trend – local brands moving up the sales rankings in their respective countries,” said Peter Richardson, research director at Counterpoint.

Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi

ChinaFotoPress | Getty Images                  Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi

“It’s a consequence of commoditization of hardware and software. Provided the price is sufficiently attractive, consumers are willing to try local brands over the higher profile global brands,” he said.

Xiaomi handsets are mainly sold in China, where the company is getting a cult-like following through its affordable yet sleek offerings.

It recently started shipping to neighboring countries including Singapore, selling 5,000 smartphones within eight minutes of going on sale earlier this year.

Xiaomi’s low-price strategy has been a key driver of its success in the fiercely competitive Chinese market. Xiaomi’s Android-powered 5-inch Mi3 sells for around $330, much lower than the $720 price tag for the least expensive Apple iPhone 5C model.

“This shows you don’t have always to be big to win the game, the smart and fast wins in the mobile market. It always has been and always will be,” Counterpoint said.

Xiaomi, which sold 11 million phones in the first quarter of the year, recently upped its annual sales projection to 60 million from a previously predicted 40 million. It plans to sell 100 million in 2015.

Counterpoint expects a further shake up in the best seller’s list in March and April, as Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 becomes available and the iPhone 5c discounts have ceased.

“We are also seeing good performances from the Motorola G and Huawei LTE models so there might be some volatility in the best seller’s list,” the firm said.

Via : CNBC