Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

The Xiaomi Mi 4 android smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a 330 Adreno GPU and GB of RAM. But all of us know the the phone is from the Chinese market and If the phone is flashed with the developers ROM to get the root access without losing the warranty, then the Google Apps and services do not open. Or if you bought the phone directly from the chinese market then you can’t find any Google services on your phone. To use all those Google Service you need to install them manually. Here in this guide we’ll show you how you can install Google Play and other Google apps such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Translate, Google Maps etc on your Xiaomi smartphones.

You can use the same guide to Install Google Play Store on other Xiaomi smartphones including Mi3, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 and Redmi 1S. The guide is pretty simple and only takes a few minutes to install all the Google application on your phone.

Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

INSTALL GOOGLE PLAY STORE ON MI4

Step 1. On your Xiaomi device, tap Settings > Security and check the Unknown sources option.

Step 2. Download the “Google Installer.apk” here and move the file on your phones internal storage.

Step 3. Open the file manager on your phone and install the “Google Installer.apk” on your MI 4.

Step 4. Once the app is installed, Open the application. There, you will find Google Play Store.

Install-Google-Play

Step 5. Tap on Install. Now this step is little bit trick, so read it carefully and follow all the steps below.

Step 6. Now you will see a prompt as below. Tap on OK. You need to install Google Service Framework on your phone to install Play store.

Google-Service-Framework

Step 7. Tap on OK. On next screen, you will see 4 apps. Install all 4 apps on your phone by clicking on install icon at the bottom of the screen.

Install-All-Google-Apps

Step 8. Once the installation process is completed, exit all the way and reboot the phone.

Step 9. Now back to the Google Installer app and look for Google Play Store again. This time, go ahead and Install.

Now you have successfully installed Google Play Store on your Xiaomi Mi 4. Enjoy !!!

Source: Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

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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


MIUI 6 UI Leaked!!! Again !!!

xiaomi miui v6

Xiaomi fans around the world are waiting in anticipation for the launch of MIUI V6 tomorrow. If you don’t want any spoilers look away now as the following are leaked images of the new UI compared to V5.

I’m sure that many will agree that Xiaomi’s phones are great devices, and their custom ROM is excellent too, but the real weak point is the ancient, almost cartoonish UI. It has been year since Xiaomi have release an updated UI, and tomorrows MIUI 6 will be the most substantial yet!

The following images claim to show the new MIUI 6 UI compared to V5. The details we can gather from the images are that Xiaomi are going for a more modern “flat” UI which is currently trending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything from the icons to the notification bar and menus has been given a fresh face in the new ROM.

Read our Xiaomi Mi4 first impressions now!

Unfortunately the images posted here are from Weibo and are of poor quality, the good news is that we only have to wait until tomorrow to see the new UI first hand. We will post details of MIUI 6 as soon as it is announced.

Via: Gizchina

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

MIUI Cloud Messaging & Privacy

Xiaomi is a mobile Internet company committed to providing high-quality products and easy-to-use Internet services. We believe it is our top priority to protect user data and privacy.  We do not upload or store private information or data without the permission of users.  


This Q&A aims to address privacy concerns raised over the past 72 hours.

Q: What is MIUI Cloud Messaging?
A: Xiaomi offers a free service called Cloud Messaging as part of its MIUI operating system.  This service allows MIUI users to exchange text messages with each other free of SMS charges, by routing messages via IP instead of using the carrier’s SMS gateway.

Q: How does Cloud Messaging work?  Does it store any private user information?
A: When a Mi phone is turned on, the Cloud Messaging service is automatically activated through IP communication protocol with Xiaomi servers, in order to provide the user with the free text messaging capability.  MIUI Cloud Messaging uses SIM and device identifiers (phone number, IMSI and IMEI) for routing messages between two users, in the same way as some of the most popular messaging services.  Some technical implementation details are provided below.  Users’ phonebook contact data or social graph information (i.e. the mapping between contacts) are never stored on Cloud Messaging servers, and message content (in encrypted form) is not kept for longer than necessary to ensure immediate delivery to the receiver.

Q: How does this relate to the privacy concerns raised about Xiaomi over the last 48 hours?  What’s your response?
A: A recent article in Taiwan and a related report by F-Secure raised privacy concerns by stating that Xiaomi devices are sending phone numbers to Xiaomi’s servers.  These concerns refer to the MIUI Cloud Messaging service described above.  As we believe it is our top priority to protect user data and privacy, we have decided to make MIUI Cloud Messaging an opt-in service and no longer automatically activate users.  We have scheduled an OTA system update for today (Aug 10th) to implement this change.  After the upgrade, new users or users who factory reset their devices can enable the service by visiting “Settings > Mi Cloud > Cloud Messaging” from their home screen or “Settings > Cloud Messaging” inside the Messaging app — these are also the places where users can turn off Cloud Messaging.
We apologize for any concern caused to our users and Mi fans. We would also like to thank the media and users who have been sending us feedback and suggestions, allowing us to improve and provide better Internet services.

Q: How exactly does the MIUI Cloud Messaging system handle phone numbers?
A: For those interested in specific details about the MIUI Cloud Messaging implementation:
– The primary identifiers used to route messages are the sender and receiver’s phone numbers.  IMEI and IMSI information is also used to keep track of a device’s online status.

– When a user sends a text message, if there is an Internet connection available, the Cloud Messaging system will attempt to route the message via IP.  If the receiver is offline (i.e. not immediately reachable via IP), the system falls back to sending a normal SMS message from the sender’s device.

– When a MIUI user opens a text message or a phonebook contact, or creates a new contact, the device connects to the Cloud Messaging servers, forwards the phone number of that contact and requests the online status of the corresponding user, which is indicated by a blue icon when that user is online or gray icon if that user is offline (or is not a Cloud Messaging user).  This allows the sender to immediately know whether they can text that user without incurring SMS costs.

– In any of these flows, the receiver’s phone number is only used to look up online status and to route messages.  No phonebook contact details or social graph information (i.e. the mapping between contacts) is stored on Cloud Messaging servers, and message content (in encrypted form) is not kept for longer than necessary to ensure immediate delivery to the receiver.

– The OTA system update made available today (Aug 10th) adds an extra layer of security by encrypting phone numbers whenever they are sent to Cloud Messaging servers.

– We will continue to make changes and improvements to this architecture as needed over time.

Source:- Hugo Barra

CWM Touch Recovery v6.0.3.6 for Redmi 1S WCDMA

CWM (ClockworkMod) recovery is a custom recovery which offers much more features compared to the original MI-Recovery 2.0.1 of Redmi 1S.

This is not my work, all credits go to @brainfog (who is user the1024 from Russion 4PDA forum).
I am just adding explanations how to test and install the CWM Touch Recovery v6.0.3.6 for Redmi 1S WCDMA by providing different ways according to user needs and an easy way to revert back to MI-Recovery.

Thanks a lot to @46995103 for giving the hint to this recovery and to @gtiu,  @punkthemonk and @philip_petev for testing and providing screenshots.

List of most important features:

  • Menu navigation: navigate up by pressing Volume Up or swiping up, navigate down by pressing Volume Down or swiping down, select a menu item by pressing Power or swiping right, go back in menu hierarchy by swiping left
  • Installation of zip files without signature verification from SD card or sideload
  • Factory reset
  • Wipe of Cache and Dalivik Cache partitions
  • Backup of Boot, Recovery, System, Data and Android Secure partitions
  • Restore of backups

Known restrictions:

  • Mounting of USB and Internal Memory not working
  • Charging not working
  • Using CWM zip files can not be installed from internal memory
  • The Internal Memory is affected by the features Wipe Data, Backup and Restore because on Redmi 1S the Internal Memory is integrated within the Data partition (/data/media/0)

Caution:

This is a safe process, but I am not responsible for anything bad that happens to your phone

Below you find 4 step-by-step guides:
1. [for testing purposes] Temporary boot into CWM recovery using PC and fastboot
2. Permanent installation of CWM recovery using PC and fastboot
3. Permanent installation of CWM recovery using Mi-recovery
4. [if necessary] Installation of Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1

In case any step is unclear, needs refinement or you are encountering issues please reply to this thread.

1. Temporary boot into CWM recovery from PC via fastboot for testing purposes

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S WCDMA
  • Developer options enabled (in Settings -> About phone tap 5 times on Android version)
  • USB debugging enabled in Settings -> Developer options
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi 1S (and properly formatted inside Redmi 1S)
  • adb and fastboot drivers installed on your PC (use adb-setup from here, others might also work)
  • file cwm_hm1s.zip (attached)
     cwm_hm1s.zip (9.06 MB) 

Steps:

  • Boot your Redmi 1S into fastboot mode: with the phone switched off press the Volume DOWN and POWER buttons at the same time
  • Connect your Redmi to PC via USB cable
  • Download the file cwm_hm1s.zip to your PC and extract it to the folder where fastboot.exe is located
  • Open a command prompt in the directory where fastboot.exe is located
  • Enter the following in the command prompt to temporary boot your Redmi 1S with the CWM recovery
    1. fastboot boot cwm_hm1s.img

    Copy the Code

  • Wait until CWM has booted and start testing the CWM features
  • After you have finished testing you use ‘reboot system now’ from CWM main menu

2. Permanent installation of CWM recovery from PC via fastboot 

Prerequisites:

  • same as for 1. above

Steps (same as for 1. above, only difference is in step 5)

5. Enter the following in the command prompt to install the CWM recovery permanently

  1. fastboot flash recovery cwm_hm1s.img

Copy the Code

3. Permanent installation of CWM using MI-Recovery 2.0.1

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S WCDMA
  • Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi 1S (and properly formatted inside Redmi 1S)
  • file signed_cwm_update.zip (attached)
     signed_cwm_update.zip (9.1 MB) 

Steps:

  • Download the file signed_cwm_update.zip to your PC (because download via browser on phone often is not working properly) and rename it to update.zip
  • 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 by starting the Updater app, pressing the left options soft key and choosing from menu ‘Reboot to Recovery mode’
  • Select and confirm ‘English’ (or Chinese if you are capable to understand)
  • Select and confirm ‘Install update.zip to System’, this will take a while
  • Select and confirm ‘Reboot’

Next time when you reboot into recovery you will have CWM.

4. Installation of Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S WCDMA
  • any recovery
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi 1S (and properly formatted inside Redmi 1S)
  • file signed_stock_recovery_update.zip (attached)
     signed_stock_recovery_update.zip (9.75 MB) 

Steps:

  • Download the file signed_stock_recovery_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 signed_stock_recovery_update.zip  to the folder ‘Computer\HM 1S\Internal storage’ (root of internal storage)
  • Disconnect your Redmi 1S properly (‘Safely remove hardware…’)
  • Boot into your current recovery by starting the Updater app, pressing the left options soft key and choosing from menu ‘Reboot to Recovery mode’
  • Install the file signed_stock_recovery_update.zip  using the respective feature of your recovery
  • Reboot

Next time when you reboot into recovery you will again have the Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1

Credits : en.miui.com