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Update Redmi Note 4G MIUI (India & global) To version KHIMIBH 24.0 January 29, 2015

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By:  Xiaomi Fan

For those who are confused between which is which over the two versions, ie. KHIMIBH 22.0 and the newer KHIMIBH 24.0, here’s the straight forward answer. Go to the following Xiaomi forum website and download the ROM version KHIMIBH 24.0 and experience it for yourself. (I have installed it yesterday).

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Once downloaded the ROM zip file, move it over to the download_ROM directory of the internal storage. Then open up Updater app and install the new ROM.

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After installing the new rom, it is done!
Next reboot it into the stock recovery, select WIPE CACHE and execute. The process may take a few minutes so be patient.

Once the system/device is booted up again (after wipe cache), there you go. You have fully completed the ROM update. (Which is the version KHIMIBH 24.0 and, for those who re-rooted your device the version will be 24.0.1).

Music control on lock screen, by double tapping the upper half of the screen…
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Phone dialer on lock screen,

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Message on lock screen,
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Tested the new rom and glad to report that IT IS ALL SYSTEMS/APPS GO! No bug detected. So, it is a stable ROM. Although it is not found in the official Xiaomi ROM download site…

This ROM version incorporates with some of the MIUI 6 layouts and flat icons. Setting menu has been changed too. More stuff might have been updated but need to look at the change log. It has a closer visual look like the MIUI 6.

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New Clock widget,
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Turn on flash light by long press Home button on the lock screen
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Overall apps open & close smoothly and UI being very fluid.
Notice that this newer version ROM had the Kernel version changed too.

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This might lead to overall performance improvement as well, besides the UI layout.
Go for it!

Move App Data 2 Ext.sdcard On Redmi Note 4G January 23, 2015

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By:  Xiaomi Fan

After two months of happily owning the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, I face the common issue just like anyone ~ running out of internal storage memory space, with more and more apps been installed.

And Xiaomi doesn’t make it more pleasant by creating an Emulated sdcard within its internal storage that makes moving app data to real external sdcard difficult or, confusing for many users.

One way of course is to uninstall some apps. But though there are apps not very frequently used, I would still prefer them to be “within reach”. Now what?

For those who do not want to try the complicated sdcard partitioning…
The answer is HERE! (Free up more space in your Redmi Note’s internal storage)

First thing first. You need to root your device. (SuperSU for root permission for apps)
Secondly, you will need to download the following apps to get things working,
    ~  ES Files Explorer, Apps 2 SD, FolderMount and SuperSU.
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When you have done the above, you can,
~ move apps data to the external SD using FolderMount.
~ move your ROM backups to the ext. SD via ES File Explorer.
~ create backups for less frequently used apps in ext. SD using the Apps 2 SD. (Backup apks can be reinstalled within seconds if you still remember to use them).

There you go, lots of internal storage space will be freed up by the above actions.

Using the Apps2SD:
~ install the app,
~ browse thru apps using the Apps 2 SD to pick up those apps that’s not frequently used but you would still want to have them within reach.
~ long press each one of them and move firstly to the emulated SD backup,
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~ open up the ES File Explorer and check that they are copied onto the emulated partition’s Apps 2 SD Backup, remember this is still NOT the real ext. SD!
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~ now you can open the apps2SD (as above) folder and start to Move the app apks to the real Ext. SD folder named Backup APKs. (Before that, you should create a new folder and name it such). Once the apps are moved over, you will find them in the real Ext. SD (sdcard1) as below.
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~ now you can uninstall for example, the above two apps in internal storage and free up the space. In future if you want to use them, just go to the sdcard1 directory’s folder [Backup APKs] and reinstall back the app for use within seconds.

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~ this is using the Apps 2 SD for better storage management.

Using the FolderMount:
~ install the app,
~ follow the following instruction (by the developer) and try it out. It is a different method of “linking/pairing” apps data to the ext. SD and free up internal storage space. You can search the web to read up more about this app and how to apply it.

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~ unless you purchase the Pro version, the free app only allows you to link up max. of three apps data sets.
This app works well too, for the purpose. Apps data will be resided on the external SD, such as camera pictures, big games data, etc. Very effective.
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In summary,
Combining the above methods I could still free up at least 1.6GB of internal storage space with already good amount of apps installed. (With Pro version FolderMount I can free up even more for apps!). Otherwise, another issue is also very difficult to maintain the ROM updates/backup going forward, with 8GB of internal memory storage.
Now I can manage all that without issues.
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Above: a balanced situation for managing the internal and external storage for Redmi Note.
Same approach can be applied for Xiaomi 1S.

Update Redmi Note 4G-Global To Version KHIMIBH 22.0 January 22, 2015

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The latest stable ROM for Redmi Note 4G Global version is ready for manual update by users.
The zip file is named as version: KHIMIBH22.0 (KitKat).

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Instead of using the native Mi Updater app, the following ROM flashing method is via the TWRP Recovery tool. Reasons: 
~ if you have already Rooted your device and installed the TWRP Recovery rom.
~ in the update process, you don’t have to rename the new version zip file to “update.zip”.

You can GOTO the MIUI Roms site to download the correct version of this update (as above) and then move the zip file from Download directory to Internal Storage root.

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From there, power off the device and start the ball rolling by reboot into TWRP Recovery.

INSIDE TWRP, start installing the update rom zip file (KHIMIBH22.0).

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After installing of update ROM successfully, wipe Cache & Dalvik. You may also skip that and go straight into Reboot System. And it is done. But it is suggested that you wipe Cache & Dalvik to double ensure that after reboot system everything (apps and device system) works fine, as I did.

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If you choose to wipe Cache & Dalvik before reboot system, you will need to manually reboot system using power button later.

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Upon successful reboot system, your device will show the update complete notification. This is a good sign.

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Go to the Setting ~ About Phone to further confirm that you have got the real stuff installed.

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BUT, IF YOU CHECK ON THE ROOT CHECKER APP, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT YOUR DEVICE IS UNROOTED Again, because the earlier root status will be overwritten by the new MIUI update.

You may choose to remain unrooted state after this rom update. If not, you can re -root the device again…

No worry. Just recall your earlier MIUI_Root zip file from your storage, make sure the zip file remains as update.zip; you can use the native system app Updater to go through the native rooting process again and, you will get back the Root status without any problem. (Now you would understand why I prefer to use custom recovery tool for flashing new ROM version/update, instead of native way through the system Updater.)

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After re-rooted your Redmi Note 4G, you need to activate SuperSU app in order to update its binary, for apps requesting root permission.

You will get another notification to inform you that your MIUI version is changed to, KHIMIBH22.0.1 representing that the most current version been installed is now a rooted version.

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Go to the Setting ~ About Phone, you will also see the updated information.

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When all done, you can move the big file (KHIMIBH22.0) from internal storage to your Ext. sdcard for safe storage and hence, free up more space in the internal storage memory.

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Below: Latest Redmi Note wallpaper
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Conclusion: 
This new update to version KHIMIBH 22.0 has been done using TWRP Recovery tool with ease. For those who are rooted with CWM Recovery I believe it will be as smooth.
So if your are rooted, is best to install a custom recovery rom for such purposes.

I have checked on the apps installed previously, all app data are in tag and apps run smoothly. No problem encountered. All Google apps and including FM radio, wifi, Bluetooth, games  and Google Launcher etc. run along well on this updated stable Rom.

As to battery life on this updated rom, it will take some time to test it out. I think it won’t be too affected, probably with improvement as this update will solve some previous bugs.

Redmi Note (3G/4G) Heat Issue ~ Problem Solved January 18, 2015

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Above: latest update by user feedback. If you were to follow the steps correctly, then you would solve the heat problem.

Here’s the positive method to solve the apparent heat and resulted battery issues for Redmi Note (3G&4G).

First thing first, your device must be rooted. Here I tested with Redmi Note 4G-LTE.

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After root, download Greenify and Kernel Tweaker.

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What Greenify does? Is to reduce running apps in the background by hibernating them!

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The main player in the problem solving is, Kernel Tweaker App.
Download it from Play Store and start to tweak the CPU and I/O Scheduler settings.
For CPU parameter, down-clocked it to 1.5GHz instead (tested on the 4G model).
Also, set the minimum clock speed to 300MHz.

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For the CPU Governor, change it from OnDemand to UserSpace.
(This setting allows the CPU clock speed to be consistently locked at the value you prefer, in this case at 1.5GHz.)

Then changed the I/O Scheduler from cfq to row.
Why row (read over write) scheduler?
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After testing, such combination of CPU and I/O setting produce the following results:
~ reduce heat problem when playing games.
~ improve overall battery juices/hours.
~ kept the device’s CPU state consistently at Deep Sleep if you are not using apps.
~ but when an app is launched and if CPU loading increases, the CPU state jumps to the Max. Clock Speed straight away.
~ hence, the overall fluidity of apps, web browsing and UI improved.

By the way, the CPU governor USERSPACE is considered rare on smartphone devices. It is mainly used for PCs.
However, the Redmi Note kernel consists of the UserSpace setting option and it is tested (using Kernel Tweaker app) to be useful for improving overall performance of the device. If you are not actively running apps, the CPU state goes to Deep Sleep faster and stays there.

Manufacturers will set the CPU governor at onDemand with cfq (I/O). This setting though it is sensitive to the increase of CPU load and gradually up/down its clock speed, however the setting tends to result in constant fluctuation of CPU speed; causing multi cores to run actively most of the time. Therefore it ends up  generating more heat and draining battery juices.

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Set governor to UserSpace instead of originally at OnDemand.

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After the above changes, performance very much stays within the same benchmark bracket (even with under-clocked to 1.5GHz from 1.6GHz, Redmi Note 4G) and now it is without heat generating problem for extended use. UI, browser and apps run much smoother than before due to reduced heat.
Games play tried out on Subway Surfers and Temple Run2 and running more smoothly. In fact it becomes harder to score high as the game speed is somewhat faster than before.
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Try it out yourself. Remember to root your device first.

Why It Is Good For Sony To Be Acquired By Another OEM January 17, 2015

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The above titled article appeared on the Android Headliner. It argues that they’re only two smartphone OEMs worth the sort, ie. Sony and Motorola.

We tend to defer from such opinion.
The reason being, if Sony were to sell its mobile phone division it should be a good news to the industry and most of all, Android consumers.
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Why? The reasons are very obvious:

~ Sony is very dumb about its marketing strategy. Coming up with two flagship models within a year is not wise. Such strategy only meant for new OEMs like Xiaomi and MeiZu of China.

~ Sony is selling hardware not overall user experience. Sony is trying too hard to impress the market with its hardware yet failed badly on its pricing strategy. Sony products are not value for money, far too costly. What Sony could provide to users, other OEMs can.

~ Sony forgot about product design all together. Every new flagship is sharing the same slat block design without new innovation. Consumers just won’t buy the same design over and over again. Even if Sony is not good at breakthrough innovation, at least it should create its own consumer trending.

~ If Sony is sold to another OEM, especially if it is a big Chinese firm, the future will be bright. The new owner will tear down the old walls of Sony mobile division and push for more open style innovation!

~ It is with more daring design innovation that Sony mobiles can ride into a better future and not riding into sunset!!!

So please, Sony Corp. should let go it’s mobile division. If Sony is losing lots of money with the outfit yet there’s no strategy to bring it forward; let someone out there to run the next lap with gusto and breaks all rules. Hence, Sony’s rights and technological knowhow can be better unleashed for the market as well as making profit for its shareholders.

Change is good! In fact, companies like Sony is dragging down Android development… It traps Android within the four walls without pushing for new design innovation.

Xiaomi 2015 Mi Note 2 Launched ~ The Wait Is Over January 15, 2015

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The wait is over, today (15 Jan 2015) Xiaomi announces its first ‘flagship’ product for 2015 ~ Mi Note 2.
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Reported version of Mi Note is as follow:
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We believe the new Mi Note (non-Pro version) will be a hot stuff when it is put on sale on the Internet.  It was reported that the screen comes with curved Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides.
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More details will be disclosed when the device is given proper reviews. For the time being, this is enough of good news for Mi fans out there. Apparently the new Mi Note aims squarely at iPhone 6 Plus. This beast has JDI high quality screen and it is thinner than the iPhone 6 and selling at less than half the price!

What Hugo Barra said about a Pro version :

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Root Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G An Efficient Way January 10, 2015

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By:  Xiaomi Fan

After owning the fantastic Redmi Note 4G for more than a month, today I have carried out the Root process on this device.

Credit must go to Alden Roi who provided the most efficient way to root this device. If you are interested in a fail-safe approach, go to the web and type in, “How To Root Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Alden Roi”. There you go.

Here’s the instruction (a portion) by Alden,

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* two points to note, you may need to download the SuperSU from Play Store if it does not work out for step 7.
Also, for step 2 above, you only need to place the files in the internal memory, under Download directory. If you were to download the files directly via your Phone, then it will be in the Download.

That said, you can actually carry out root process on this device without using a PC!

You can download the Root Checker app to confirm that your device is rooted after the last step system reboot.

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Above:  Once your device is rooted, you can go to app Security > Permission to check on the Root Permission as well.

Make sure you back up your data before you proceed to update the Root Zip file to the system via Updater app.

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System reboot :

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After downloaded SuperSU,

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When all are done (Rooted), you can download Boot Animation app for your device, such as,

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You may want to download the latest CyanogenMod camera (ver. 2.0.004) APK onto Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G. It can be obtained from the web. The camera software is simple yet fast to operate, with necessary setting and creative modes. This is the default camera for OnePlus One.
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Other things you may want to try out after root, such as install Custom Recovery, Custom Rom, etc. etc. Including the rooted app CPU Control and Greenify.
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Enjoy the rooted Redmi Note 4G…

Original Android Nexus One ~ Sweet Memory January 9, 2015

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A collection of images of the original Android smartphone that marked the dawn of great Android experience.

The Nexus One.

Booting up… CyanogenMod 7

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Gingerbread…

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The back casing…

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Google Launcher…

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Never mind the 512M Ram the device is still a joy to perform telephony task, media, music and playing games even the Dead Trigger (albeit slower).

You need to root the phone in order to give it a new leaf of life.

Do you have one of this?

Redmi NOTE Finally Selling In India, At Shops! January 7, 2015

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Redmi Note (4G) is being rolled out in Indian market, through Bharti Airtel shops. This is the first time Xiaomi is selling its product in India via actual shops direct to consumers.

As the largest telecom operator in India, Bharti Airtel announced that Redmi Note 4G would be sold at all its 133 telco shops in the six big cities in the country.
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Xiaomi has to adapt to the reality that in India, majority of smartphone are sold through physical shops and not via Internet.

Analysts say that in India, only less than 5% of sales of smartphone are via Internet purchase.

Xiaomi announced that since July 2014, the company had sold about 1 million handsets in India. This is the most potential growth market for Xiaomi.

But the in route to Indian market for Xiaomi wasn’t a smooth journey. Now the company is still engaged in the court case with Erickson in India, albeit temporary it is allowed by the court to sell Qualcomm (chipset) embedded handsets.
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With Bharti Airtel coming into the scene with Xiaomi headsets, it will revive the otherwise the falling out market of the telco contacted devices. In India, most smartphone users are not on Telco locked in contract like western countries.

If things are going the way Xiaomi had planned for, India will be the fastest growth market for the Chinese new rising star…
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As in the case of recently the Indian air force stopped its members from using Xiaomi phones, because it is suspected that personal data might be channeled back to Xiaomi server in China. Many are not aware that Google and Apple have been doing likewise all the while.
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2015 Is Year of Zenfone 2! A New Milestone of Smartphone January 6, 2015

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Commentary by:  Android 大师

Look no further, the game changer for 2015 smartphone landscape is not Xiaomi, Samsung or iPhone. It is the bold and smart ASUS !

Asus has just announced its Disruptive Product Offering at the 2015 CES. The star? None other than the Asus Zenfone 2.

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Above: I would go for the silver color.

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OMG!  Can you believe that? 4GB of Ram! Yes, it is here for a mid range Android phone called Zenfone 2.
From the released information above, it is truly a mouth-watering and brilliant device to be positioned on the mid range market.
HTC, Samsung and Sony, move aside.

The year 2015 will be a solid milestone in the history of smartphone. The Zenfone 2 breaks all rules and march forward. The rest of the smartphone OEMs, there’s no way out to avoid this fight. They have to rethink their product strategies or risks to be eliminated in the ring!

Hurray, Asus.
Also, Intel Atom has breached a gap in the chip set battlefield!
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