MIUI 6 Special Edition (4.4 Kitkat) for Xiaomi Mi 2/2S – RELEASED

KITKAT MIUI 6 RELEASED 19.09.2014

Note:
1. This is a special edition of MIUI 6 for Xiaomi Mi 2/2S based on Android 4.4 Kitkat. You need to flash using Fastboot. Please backup your data before flashing.
2. This is a unstable ROM. If any questions, please go to Bug session to report.
3. This is not a Dev version or a Stable version. It might be highly unstable in some devices. Only recommend for phone enthusiasts. If you need to flash back to MIUI Dev Version, you need to flash via fastboot. Flashing guide: http://en.miui.com/thread-11043-1-1.html
4. flash_all.bat will clear all your data, including your data stored in internal storage. Please backup your data (pictures, music, videos etc.) to local then flash your device.
5. After you flash your device and restore your data via Backup app, please don’t restore the System Settings (you need to exclude System option like below).



Things You Need

Flashing Tool Download: http://bigota.d.miui.com/tools/MiPhone20140509.exe
MIUI 6 for Xiaomi Mi 2/2S Special Version Fastboot Pack: DOWNLOAD
(Please check if the file ends with “.tgz”, if it’s “.gz”, you need to rename it to “.tgz”

Flashing Guide

STEP 1
Download the ROM flashing tools and the full ROM pack, unzip after downloading is completed.

 

Operate on the phone. Turn off the phone, press the Volume – key and the Power button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode, then connect the phone to a computer.

STEP 2

Double click on the zip file after downloading is completed to decompile it. Open the folder of the ROM pack, and copy its address on the computer.


STEP 3
Decompile and install the ROM flashing tools after downloading is completed (if there’s a security prompt, please select Allow).Open MiFlash.exe and paste the address copied in the last step into the address bar. Click on the first buttonto Refresh, and MiFlash will automatically recognize the phone. Then click the second button to flash.



STEP 4

Click Advanced Setting, change “flash_all_except_storage.bat” to “flash_all.bat” and click confirm (button on the left in the bottom).

 

STEP 5
Wait until the progress bar on MiFlash is green, which means the ROM is successfully flashed, and the phone will automatically boot.



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MIUI Express/Lite MIUI 6 Version Released: An Extraordinary Visual Feast!

Since MIUI 6 is released, many of you have been asking when will your non-Xiaomi device get MIUI 6. The bad news is that there’s no word about it yet, the good news is that you can have a taste of MIUI 6 on your phone now using MIUI Express!

[Highlights]
– Brand new MIUI 6 UI
– Cloud message supports voice messages
– Support swiping up using two fingers in Messaging to enter private messaging

[New]
– Brand new MIUI 6 UI
– Cloud message supports voice messages
– Private messaging (Swipe up using two fingers)
– Smart IP dialing
– Added phone ringtone option in Settings

[Optimization]
– Theme details page
– Settings page UI
– Home screen layouts for some devices
– Ported some devices’ icons

[Fix]
– Sometimes, dialing pad didn’t show the numbers
– For some devices, system lockscreen wallpaper would show when lock the phone for the first time after applying a new theme
– Could not add some messages to blocklist again if they were restored to Messaging from blocklist once
– Home screen icons would lose after installing a new app if the last screen is full with apps
– Prompt for logging into Xiaomi account would show twice
– Sometimes Contacts would crash if exited contact details page quickly
– Search box in dailing page was too narrow in some devices
– Contacts would crash if choose to select contacts avatars from photo package
– Could not select in some messages when editing them
– Mail supported adding recipients to blocklist
– Messaging didn’t response after selecting all text in a message for some devices
– Closing Toolbox would cause crash in home screen editing mode
– Notification shade always showed an app is installing after its update was completed
– Dual-SIM devices SIM 2 could not sync call logs
– Some devices would crash after adding widgets
– Phone could not be unlocked after lock/unlock it quickly twice
– Some devices could not set MIUI Express as default launcher
– For some devices, call logs with a person did not update timely if called them from the contact details page
– Swipe up using one finger would cause crash in some dual-SIM devices
– For some devices, if set contacts avatars in MIUI Express, they would display abnormally in stock system
– Some devices didn’t show call logs
– Syncing contacts to Mi Cloud would cause crash
– Updating weather info would cause crash
– Sometimes, widgets in the dock would disappear in home screen editing mode
– It often returned to home screen automatically when using an app
– Sometimes, diall pad didn’t respond

Download: MIUI Lite MIUI 6 Version.apk (18.88 MB)

Learn more about MIUI Express here: http://en.miui.com/thread-23008-1-1.html


Xiaomi MIUI Lite/Express 1.8.0 released, added dial pad touch piano tones!

Changelog for MIUI Lite/Express 1.8.0

[Highlights]

– Added Piano keys to Dial pad touch tones
– Added Prevent pocket dials feature
– Greatly enhanced efficiency when first importing call logs and contacts, and operation smoothness
– Greatly enhanced notification messages and message detail page opening speed

[New]

– Added Piano keys to Dial pad touch tones
– Added Prevent pocket dials feature
– Ported more devices’ homescreen layouts
– Support going to themes details page from Themes store in browser

[Optimization]

– Reduced installation file size
– Enhanced notification messages opening speed
– Enhanced message details page opening speed
– Enhanced smoothness of call logs page
– Enhanced efficiency when first importing call logs
– Enhanced efficiency when first importing contacts
– Reduced power consumption and performance loss; support dark screen in prevent pocket dials mode

[Fix]

– Some devices would crash frequently
– When returning to home screen after changing themes, a popup window saying SMS is being downloaded would show briefly
– Sometimes home screen couldn’t scroll
– SMS would show as unread after selected to mark all as read
– Some devices wouldn’t show SIM card contacts if only SIM card 2 was inserted
– Sometimes some devices woul dsend SMS repeatedly
– Couldn’t search contacts and phone numbers in Contacts page
– Dial pad error in some devices’ SIM card 2
– SMS misaligned after long pressing a message to enter editing mode
– The ‘Show USIM contacts’ function didn’t work
– Lockscreen password didn’t show in some devices
– Some devices’ stock system couldn’t sync new groups created in MIUI Lite
– Call logs updated slowly in some devices
–  Contact name would disappear after entering the conversation details page with that contact
– After changing font of the stock system, icons in MIUI Lite home screen disappeared
– Some devices didn’t separate call logs of SIM card 1 and SIM card 2
– Some devices recognized sending SMS as receiving SMS
– Apps update would fail if exited Market
– When sending group messages in some devices. Entering a single message and then chose Back would cause FC
– Some devices had no unread icon when receiving new messages
– Couldn’t load third party widgets
– Icons would lose from home screen when reloading MIUI Lite
– Display error when searching messages
– Some devices would crash once after installing and launching MIUI Lite
– ‘My groups’ page was empty if no new group was created
– After sending a message, words in the text box turned grey instead of disappearing
– No call log after making a call
– Sometimes lockscreen wallpaper didn’t show
– Some repeated icons after rebooting
– Some devices would crash when loading SMS
– Weather animation didn’t refresh after changing cities
– Ported Airplane mode to some devices
– In some devices, messages showed as empty when entering the conversation details page from the SMS popup window
Download:  MIUI Lite_1.8.0.apk (25.12 MB)

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European smartphone market fragments

The top two smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung, are increasingly being challenged in Europe as a result of market fragmentation across the region, according to new research.

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, covering the three months to April 2014, showed that major brands are facing increased competition from smaller manufacturers vying for position within this lucrative market. 

Lesser-known players and revitalised brands are both now gaining “real traction”, according to Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

“Established brands like Motorola and Sony are showing resurgence, and newcomers to the European market, such as Huawei and Wiko, are challenging the established names,” he said.

Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer, saw its smartphone sales rise by 123% in the big five European markets – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – in the past year. It now holds an average market share of 3%, rising to 5% in Germany and Spain. 

French brand Wiko also enjoyed triple-digit growth across Europe, and now has an 8% share in its home country, with further expansion planned across the continent, including into the UK.

Kantar noted that the British market has yet to experience the high levels of fragmentation witnessed elsewhere in Europe, but the entry of Wiko could potentially change that.

Sunnebo further observed that Europe and the US were starting to follow some common trends from other parts of the world, where there was a separation of tariffs and handsets.

“Consumers are starting to realise the true cost of handsets, and as a result they are shopping around to find cheaper alternatives,” he said.

“This shift in behaviour plays directly into the hands of lesser-known brands like Huawei and Wiko, who are able to offer competitive technologies for a fraction of the price.”

In China, the world’s largest smartphone market, local vendor Xiaomi outsold Samsung for the second time in April 2014.

Xiaomi RedMi, the company’s budget handset, was the top-selling smartphone in the country, with 41% of buyers acquiring their first ever smartphone and another 23% switching from Samsung.

CMApps allows any Android device to experience CyanogenMod

If you have an Android device and want some of the applications that are preloaded on CyanogenMod ROMs, then we’ve got an app for you. CMApps takes the hassle from rooting and allows you to have some of the popular CyanogenMod apps on your phone. With this application, you don’t need to worry about unlocking, rooting or ROMing your device. You simply download the CMApps application from the Google Play Store and gain access to some of the apps preloaded on CyanogenMod ROMs.

The applications that come with this app are Apollo (a music player), Camera Next, Clock Widget, DSP Manager, File Manager, Sound Recorder, Calculator, Torch, Trebuchet (the launcher that CyanogenMod uses by default) and Wallpapers. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. It will only run on Android devices running 4.2 and newer, so realize that it might not work on all of your devices. The app basically works as an installer. You can pick and choose the apps that you’d like to install. Keep in mind that if you want to install the Camera app, you need to be running on Android KitKat 4.4.

If you’re interested in grabbing CMApps, head on over to the Play Store now.

Via: rootzwiki

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

MIUI Lite Public Beta Released! Download here!

Hey MIUIers,

Do you want to enjoy the core features of MIUI ROM without having to flashing it?

We know it might be hard for some users to root and flash a ROM. Here comes a much simpler way!

MIUI Lite (We call it MIUI Lite for now. Please help us come up with some cool names!) includes MIUI core features such as

Launcher, Dialer, Messaging, Mi Cloud, Lock-screen and so on, achieving almost a 70% operating experience of MIUI.

Core Features:

MIUI Launcher
Unique themes created by renowned designers
Customization on another level

MIUI Dialer
Refined call experience
Block unwanted calls

MIUI Messaging
Free cloud messaging with MIUI users
Block spam texts

Mi Cloud
Sync your contacts, SMS and images
Store & access content conveniently

Recommended specs:
Non-MIUI ROM devices with Android 4.0 and above, 1GB and above RAM, 100MB storage space available

Try it now. Just download the apk from the link below and install on your phone.

It’s that simple.

Download MIUI LITE PUBLIC BETA

Via: MIUI.COM

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