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Final Review of Redmi Note 4G-LTE & Rom Updates February 28, 2015

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By:  Mi Fan
27-02-2015. Friday

With the release of MIUI developer rom 5.2.27 today, I have been using Redmi Note 4G-LTE for the past three months.

My final assessment of Redmi Note 4G, after three months is as follows;

~  dammed good as a daily driver.
~ battery is lasting; moderate use can last up to 3 days.
~  I don’t remember having any forced close of apps for the past three months.
~  enjoy paying games such as Asphalt 8, Temple Run 2, Subway Surfers, Real Racing 3, etc.
~  enjoy taking photos and video. But I prefer Camu camera app, it is faster.
~  I used HTC, Samsung, Sony mid range devices before; none of them come close to the stability and smoothness of this Redmi Note!
~  MIUI is very user friendly and customizable. MIUI 6 is even better with slim UI design.
~  my next upgrade of device will definitely consider Xiaomi phones again…
~  … Because Xiaomi is really great value for money.
~ design, too plain and a bit heavy. Not for lady.

Except that, you should buy at least a good enough earpiece (plug in) in order to enjoy the sound/music. The device’s speaker is too soft.

OK, about today’s developer rom (based on MIUI 6) version 5.2.27 update. As usual, the new rom remains very usable and smooth. No bug found yet. Developers from Xiaomi.eu are real good, thank you guys.

Here’s some images taken during the update,

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Best One-click Root Tool Kit for Sony Xperia S (LT26i) February 24, 2015

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Those of you who still fond of the high end smartphone handsets of 2012 such as Sony Xperia S and you have yet to root the phone, because of XDA Forum’s difficult to understand root procedure, you would be please to know that it is still not to late to find the following tool kit very useful for you.
The article said that there’s no one-click root available for Xperia S; but it is Out Of Date now!
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Yes, now there is the world’s best One-click Root method for Sony Xperia S (LT26i)! . Carry on reading…

There are many custom Roms out there for this device, because it is the first smartphone to be produced by Sony after it split away from the joint venture with Ericsson. Even right up till today the device is still capable of running smoothly as a daily driver. And, it has a 32G internal memory storage!

Though the information that contains the best one-click root tool kit was written in Chinese. But as I mentioned, it is so very simple to follow the root process here that you can proceed to do it with my short English explanation and picture illustrations.

Lets go!

First thing first, copy the URL below and search the website, then you can find the download link of the root tool kit file.

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Here’s the starting process, once you manage to download the link file WMShuaSetup.exe; onto your PC, click it to open and allow it to further download the tool kit on your C Drive and a short-cut will appear on your Desktop as below.
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Then click to open the short-cut (the one with Android image within a circle) as above, follow through the following simple steps…
Before this, make sure that you have already installed Xperia S USB driver and ADB interface on your PC.

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The following screenshots show that I actually went through the successful root process using this tool kit:

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To be flank about it, in the past I tried out many so called One-click Root methods on several other smartphones and you know what I would tell you ~ it’s bull shit! I had to revert to conventional (and more risky and complex) way of rooting my devices.

SO EVEN WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE ABOVE STAGE OF “ROOT IS SUCCESSFUL” GREEN MESSAGE I WOULDN’T TAKE IT FOR REAL…
AND, VERY ANXIOUSLY I WENT ON TO DOWNLOAD THE ROOT CHECKER AND THE SUPERSU ON THE DEVICE AND, OMG! IT IS FOR REAL THIS TIME USING THE TOOL KIT!

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This is truly amazing, straight in one-click root on Sony Xperia S! Forget about those 10 steps troublesome root procedure.

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With SuperSU installed and update its binary, everything went Green Light (OK) when rooted apps (Greenify, Kernel Tuner etc.) are installed.

So, the Chinese developers are quite smart…
I hope in the near future most of root programs for most devices will be offered to root users in the form of One-click method.
(Though I must caution you that many so called one-click stuff out there at the moment are still BS!)

MIUI (MiHome) Launcher 3.8.0 Stable Update February 20, 2015

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Those who uploaded the most updated HiHome or MIUI Express version 3.8.0 from website’s apk download, and having forced close problem can now look to the correct update package from the Mi (Xiaomi) Market.

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This Xiaomi Market update of MIUI Launcher 3.8.0 has no problem whatsoever.
Because it is the stable version. Those downloaded from websites belong to beta version. Some work and some don’t.

Some screen shots are illustrated as follows,

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The latest MiHome Launcher can be installed even on the Nexus One which is a rather old hardware… via the Xiaomi Market. That’s marvellous.
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How To ~ MIUI Official Launcher v.2.27.0 For Your Android Phone February 16, 2015

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There are 100m MIUI users in the world!
So are you ready to install and try out the official MIUI Launcher?  (Remember, this is not the MIUI ROM per set).
Then go to the MIUI official site, scroll down all the way to the bottom of the page and you will see this, as follows. Click MiHome Launcher and start the ball rolling…

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It will lead you to the download page for this wonderful launcher.

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Just click the apk file to activate the download process.
Screen shots:

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Finally the homepage theme (many to choose from)…

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Important note:

After installation of the v.2.27.0 successfully, go to the launcher setting and click Check for updates. It will prompt you to update to the latest version 3.7.0
And, it’s all done. Congratulations!

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Summary:
I must say that this official MIUI Launcher is very fluid and smooth, yet it comes with many unique themes, icons, and wallpaper setups. MIUI remains a very popular launcher theme for the Android world. But make sure you get the official one.

MIUI 6 Developer ROM Version 5.2.13 Released February 13, 2015

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Today, another developer ROM (version 5.2.13) has been released for various Xiaomi devices.

The following update to the new version of ROM is done on Redmi Note 4G (Dior).

Where to obtain the ROM update? (Xiaomi.eu)

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The ROM zip file was first downloaded via tablet and, transferred to Redmi Note’s external sdcard.

Follow-ups:
~ Open up Updater app and pick the zip file to update.
~ Upon successful installation of updated rom and system boot up, update SuperSU app as required.

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One-handed mode with its Setting added on the screen.

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Google apps working fine.

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Download SD Maid app to clean up system and optimize database.

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Xiaomi.EU MIUI 6 Developers Rom Weekly Update for Redmi Note 4G February 6, 2015

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By:  Mi Fan

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G users on the Stable Rom versions may want to find out more about how to cross over to Xiaomi MIUI developers rom versions should also read my previous article on this blog.

For those who just crossed over to Redmi Note developers Rom, the weekly update of MIUI 6 versions will continue to enhance the firmware package.

When the weekly MIUI 6 update is ready to adopt,
1.  Go to the Xiaomi.eu site and look out for the release date and check that it is already put on Mirrors,
2.  Download the update release (rom zip file) via the link,
3.  Use the Updater app to pick the zip file to be installed,
4.  Follow the update/install steps…
(The following pics can be a simple guide)

Things to note,
1.  As it is a weekly (minor tweaks) update, there’s no need to wipe data or cache in the process.
2.  Remember to reinstall the SuperSU to update binary.
3.  You can direct download the rom zip file to your device (but it will take a long time up to 30 mins.); alternatively is to use PC download and then move in the zip file to your device.
4. Redmi Note 4G special code is “Dior”…

The Change Log for this update, version MIUI 5.2.6 released today,

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The primary update/install steps are as follows,

Download zip file from the link,
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Internal storage,
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Open the Updater,

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Upon successful installation of rom update, system auto-boot into lock screen …

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The system is in native root status… (As it is a developers rom)

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However, you still need to open up your SuperSU app to update…

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You may download this app “SD Maid” from Play Store to clean up system database.

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Subsequent weekly updates can be as easy as having a cup of good coffee… Enjoy.

Flashing Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Developers ROMs (MIUI 6) February 3, 2015

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By:  Mi Fan

For those of you outside of China regardless of where and, owning the Redmi Note 4G; if you really want to go for the taste of MIUI 6, this is the best option you can adopt.

MIUI 6 carries the flavor of material design (Android L, Lollipop) yet introduces Xiaomi’s own flat & ultra slim UI images.

That’s the Xiaomi.eu developers rom (weekly update) available for you!
I have just downloaded and flashed the most current release from xiaomi.eu resources onto my Redmi Note 4G (global) – version 5.1.30 MIUI 6 based on Android version 4.4.4

HERE’S MY USER EXPERIENCE.

FIRST THING FIRST, go to the xiaomi.eu website and click the ROMs page, as follow.

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Then you look for the correct ROM indicated for your device, copy and paste the URL to search for the download link.

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Once you have downloaded the correct ROM zip file onto your internal storage, open the default Updater to go through the step by step process on screen.

* One thing to note, I did not first download to the MIUI V5 developer version 4.8.22 as suggested by some blogs, before I start to flash this version (MIUI V6, v.5.1.30).
I came directly from the official stable ROM KHIMIBH 24.0 version. There’s no problem to flash it directly as I have done so. Hope I have clear the doubt.

Installing…
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Updating…
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System auto~boot into Lock screen, after ROM installation

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After you have successfully installed the MIUI 6 ROM, next very important step is to Wipe Cache! (Manually boot into stock recovery mode). If you miss this step, then your system will be very sluggish. There’s no need to wipe user data. So you still have all your Google apps and data in tow after you flashed the ROM.

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The process will take a few minutes… to complete

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After successfully wipe cache, reboot system.

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Upon successful reboot, you will see the MIUI 6 default lock screen. Congratulations!

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As this is a developers rom, your system will have a native root status. Just go to the Permission Manager to switch on the root permission.

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In order for your apps that required proper root access, DOWNLOAD the latest SuperSU app from Play Store and update its binary.

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There you go, I tested all Google apps that were previously installed on my device and survived after this flashing of new rom (MIUI 6), NO BUG DETECTED!

IF you do encounter any apps forced close, just uninstall the affected app(s) and reinstall again. After that it will be OK.

MIUI 6 on top of Android KitKat 4.4.4 is full of new UI creation and it is smooth. Icons, Statusbar, Setting Menu, Camera, Music, and many added functionality. Too many add-on, I have yet to fully explore the rest…
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Long press Power button > new format of activating certain actions…

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Homepage…

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Setting menu..

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Google Play Store works smoothly…

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There’s a new stuff called the “Mikey” (MiK) program that can trigger various apps action in conjunction with a gadget clicking away… For those who are very curious to try.
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One-hand Mode:
Screen size will be reduced to facilitate one-hand touch mode. (3 sizes to choose from: 4.5″, 4.0″, 3.5″)
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If you wish to continue with the developers weekly ROM update, there’s more good stuff to come. MIUI 5.1.30 WEEKLY is the most current one.

Enjoy your flashing of new MIUI 6 Roms…
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