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Apple regains second place slot from Xiaomi in Q3 2021

Apple regains second place slot from Xiaomi in Q3 2021

The smartphone market has been in a bit of flux in the past year and a half. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, Huawei's exodus from the world's top five vendors has caused a shift in the grand order of things. The industry is now facing another major disruption that could last it well into 2022, but, at least based on one market analyst's figures, Apple has been able to take advantage of the situation and regain its place as the world's second-biggest smartphone maker.

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Smartphones with most capable cameras this year

Smartphones with most capable cameras this year

When choosing a premium camera-centric smartphone, the choice is not as simple as it seems. It purely depends on user preference such as point-and-shoot photography, clicking portraits, shooting self-obsessed selfies, the love for telescopic zoom or video shooting requirement.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 Review

Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 Review

With space becoming a premium even at home, people are becoming more conscious and smarter about how they set up their rooms, their furniture, and their home entertainment devices. Along with cutting the cord, some people have resorted to completely cutting off the large and immovable TV sets from their lives. Projectors, particularly smart projectors, have lately become the go-to solutions for those that still want the big-screen experience at home without permanently committing space for a large screen. The Mi Smart Projector 2 is Xiaomi's newest entry in that market, and we give it a thorough test to see if it checks enough of the right boxes for its price.

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Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3 bring more options to the smartwatch market

Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3 bring more options to the smartwatch market

The Apple Watch arguably dominates the smartwatch market, and Samsung's wearables have become even more prominent now that it has switched to Wear OS. Those, however, aren't the only game in town, even if you consider the handful of brands using Google's smartwatch platform. There are those that have opted to strike their own path, using their own operating system. Amazfit, more closely associated with Xiaomi than Amazon despite the name, is one such brand, and it's adding three more smartwatches to join the already crowded wearable arena.

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Xiaomi China government censorship list discovered in Mi 10T 5G

Xiaomi China government censorship list discovered in Mi 10T 5G

Lithuania's Defense Ministry's National Cyber Security Centre released a report this week discussing three smartphones. These devices were produced by OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Huawei. Each of these brands were included in the study due to their home base (China), and the fact that they're selling phones in Lithuania. The results are of global importance, since we're also talking about brands that sell smartphones around the world.

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Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro wants to make “Cinemagic” filmmaking a thing

Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro wants to make “Cinemagic” filmmaking a thing

Smartphone cameras these days have all become sophisticated and powerful, enabling image and video capture with great detail and quality. Most smartphone makers are content to simply boast about those cameras though a few do try to put some context behind these sensors. More than just being able to take great photos or record smooth videos, Xiaomi is creating a new "Cinemagic" buzzword around the idea of dropping heavy and expensive movie-making equipment for a Xiaomi 11T or, better yet, a Xiaomi 11T Pro.

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Xiaomi Pad 5 debuts alongside Mi Smart Projector 2 and Mesh System AX3000

Xiaomi Pad 5 debuts alongside Mi Smart Projector 2 and Mesh System AX3000

It may have been Apple's day yesterday, but Xiaomi is daring to claim today for its own. Not content with just announcing the Xiaomi 11T series and the affordable Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, the company is showing its hand and announcing new products across the board. Taking advantage of the recent surge in tablet sales, Xiaomi is unveiling the Xiaomi Pad 5 as its racehorse in the new world order in work and personal life. It also has some new devices designed to upgrade your home life and keep you safe even when you have to buy things outside.

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Xiaomi 11T Review : Snappy for the price

Xiaomi 11T Review : Snappy for the price

The Xiaomi 11T is a high-powered smartphone that is effectively a tiny movie screen. Xiaomi positions this device as a "Cinemagic" device, aiming to be a boss in the smartphone camera department. The cameras at the back of this device are very similar to those equipped with the Xiaomi 11T Pro - the big differences appear to come (at least in part) due to the processor inside either smartphone.

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Xiaomi Smart Glasses revives dreams and nightmares

Xiaomi Smart Glasses revives dreams and nightmares

Although Google failed spectacularly to turn it into a commercial success, the idea of hi-tech smart glasses never really faded into the background. With consistent rumors of Apple's own mixed-reality ambitions as well as smaller companies making functional prototypes, smart glasses continue to be both a technological dream and a privacy disaster waiting to happen. Facebook's collaboration with Ray-ban might induce the latter concern, but Xiaomi's Smart Glasses try to keep the balance with more practical applications of the concept.

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Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Not all smartphones are available in all markets, but it isn't exactly difficult to purchase those via online retailers these days. Network compatibility and local regulations aside, it's definitely possible to get phones working in unsupported territories. That goes the same for territories where there might be legal restrictions in where certain companies can export to. Xiaomi, however, might be taking a more proactive stance on that front by blocking phones that have been activated in markets where it has an export ban.

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Xiaomi pledges OS updates and security patches for years

Xiaomi pledges OS updates and security patches for years

One of the most frustrating things that happens to smartphone users who purchase a new device is when the manufacturer obsoletes the working device by deciding to no longer offer updates and security patches for their smartphone. Short lifespans is a particularly big issue for large businesses that have multiple smartphones for employees. Xiaomi has made an announcement that will make consumers more comfortable with its smartphones in the future.

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Xiaomi MIUI Pure Mode can optionally block sideloading Android apps

Xiaomi MIUI Pure Mode can optionally block sideloading Android apps

Android's openness doesn't come without a price, and one of the most cited costs is security. Unlike Apple's walled garden, Google has a hard time completely disallowing the installation of apps from third-party sources via APKs. The Android maker could only encourage developers and users to patronize the Google Play Store, but the final decision is ultimately in users' hands. Xiaomi, however, might be testing a way to give Google a hand with an MIUI Pure Mode that makes it a bit harder to sideload those apps.

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