At an event in Delhi today, Micromax launched its much awaited YU smartphone brand in India. Yureka is the first device from YU brand running CyanogenMod OS 11, priced aggressively at Rs. 8,999. The YU branded ‘YUREKA’ smartphone will be exclusively available online on Amazon India and registrations for the same starts on 19th December at 2PM on Amazon.in. The device will however go on sale in the second week of January. YUreka looks a promising smartphone in terms of its hardware, Cyanogen OS, privacy features, customization, after-sales support, frequent OTA updates every month and its completive pricing of Rs. 8,999. It is apparently a strong competitor to the recently announced Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G.

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At the launch event of X5Max, Vivo also showcased four other smartphones of which the “Xshot” grabbed the utmost attention. The Xshot is a 4G enabled smartphone featuring a beautiful design, amazing camera, slim form-factor, great hardware and packs Vivo’s extreme Hi-Fi sound quality experience. Xshot is a camera-centric smartphone that’s why it’s termed Xshot. It sports an outstanding rear and front camera, that is perfect for photography lovers who wish to own a smartphone with professional camera for capturing high quality photos, videos and taking great selfies. The Xshot appears pretty slim with just 7.99mm in thickness and is encased in a shiny aluminium frame that feels sturdy and looks attractive. We got to play with the Xshot, don’t forget to view the hand-on photos and video after the jump.

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At a grand event in New Delhi, ‘Vivo’ the Chinese smartphone manufacturer mainly known for slimmest phones powered with its Hi-Fi and Smart technology, launched its operations in India. Vivo has entered the Indian market with five smartphones namely – X5Max, Xshot, X3S, Y22, and Y15. All these phones pack different hardware specifications and range from budget-oriented to high-end price segment. “X5Max”, the leading model of Vivo’s X series is the slimmest smartphone in the world with just 4.75mm in thickness and is equipped with the extreme Hi-Fi 2.0 and smart experience. The smartphone will be available through leading mobile phone retail stores across most of the states in India. Vivo is also working to setup after-sales service centers to provide quality support to their customers in India.

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The wait is finally over for Xiaomi Mi 3 users (almost) as ‘Ivan’, the popular developer at Xiaomi has released a working Android 5.0 AOSP ROM for Mi 3. The ROM is based on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS but it is not a final version and contains some bugs. The Lollipop ROM with build version 4.12.9 is available only for Mi 3W (WCDMA variant). The ROM by Ivan comes with minimal apps, thus offering users a Nexus like pure Android experience on Mi 3. It supports English language and seems pretty stable. As there are no Google apps included, you need to flash the appropriate Gapps file separately. Interested users can follow the below stated step-by-step procedure to flash Android 5.0 Lollipop on Mi 3W. The official Android 5.0 by Xiaomi will reportedly be released by Q1, 2015. So, either wait or better taste it now!

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The recently launched smartphone “Redmi Note” by Xiaomi is available exclusively on Flipkart from 2nd December. Currently, 3G version of Xiaomi Redmi Note is available for purchase through Mi’s flash sales model and the 4G version is expected to go on sale by mid-December. Redmi Note is an affordable phone at a price of Rs. 8,999 featuring a 5.5-inch HD display, Octa-core CPU by MediaTek clocked at 1.7GHz, runs on Android 4.2.2 optimized with MIUI 5, supports Dual-SIM, packs a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 2GB RAM. For more details, check out “Specifications Comparison between Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G”.

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At a press event in New Delhi, the much awaited “OnePlus One” has been finally launched by OnePlus, a Chinese smartphone maker. The OnePlus One has been launched in India at an amazing price of Rs. 21,999 for 64GB Sandstone Black version. The pricing of 1+1 is great considering the same device sells for $349 in the US through an invite-based system. The OnePlus One will be available exclusively on Amazon.in in India, through a similar invitation based model. OnePlus One has been globally termed as a “Flagship Killer” for a reason! The smartphone packs top-notch hardware, beautiful design and comes at a very affordable price that flagships from other companies fail to match up. OnePlus has setup an extensive network of 25 service centres and have teams across the country for after sales service. Indian users who have already managed to purchase global One are covered by Indian warranty.

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The latest 4.11.28 software update for MIUI v6 Developer ROM comes with significant improvements for Homescreen, Camera, Gallery, Email, Mi App store and Browser. Of these, the most important change is the introduction of one-hand operation mode for Mi 3 and Mi 4 running MIUI 6. MIUI 6 has incorporated the small-screen mode that helps in operating the smartphone easily with single hand. On enabling this mode, the display instantly squeezes into a 3.5-inch display which is better for usability, specially for users with smaller hands.

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As you may know, Xiaomi smartphones runs on Android OS optimized with MIUI ROM. Sadly, Xiaomi seems to have missed adding a boot animation to their devices that is found on almost every Android phone. Boot animation refers to a short graphic that appears whenever you reboot the phone, certainly the first sight when you power up your smartphone. On Xiaomi phones such as Mi 3, Mi 4, Redmi 1S, and Redmi Note; the boot animation is represented by a simple Mi logo in white. Surprisingly, Mi didn’t find it necessary to include a beautiful and colourful animation that tends to always appear when the device boots up.

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Yesterday, Xiaomi launched its 5.5” smartphone “Redmi Note” in India that will be available for sale on 2nd December online at Flipkart. The Redmi Note has been launched in two variants – 3G version is priced at Rs. 8,999 and 4G version is priced at Rs. 9,999. Initially, Redmi Note will go on sale whereas the 4G model is said to be available in late December. Xiaomi has decided to sell the 4G version on Flipkart and through 100 Airtel exclusive stores as well in six cities – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai. Redmi Note 4G available in India has been specifically made for India. To buy it from Airtel, customers first have to register on Airtel’s site and then they’ll be able to buy it offline.

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At an event in Delhi today, Xiaomi finally launched the “Redmi Note” smartphone in India that was initially announced at Mi 3 event in mid-July. This is the 3rd smartphone introduced by Xiaomi in India, after Mi 3 and Redmi 1S. Those interested, the Mi 4 will make its way to India in early 2015. The Redmi Note has been launched in 2 variants – a 3G version powered by MediaTek chipset and a 4G version powered by Snapdragon 400 SoC. The Note will be exclusively available at Flipkart and will go on sale starting 2nd December. Mi India has opted same flash sales model that requires the buyers to register for purchase a week prior to sale. Redmi Note 3G comes at a price of Rs. 8,999 whereas the 4G version is priced at Rs. 9,999. However, Redmi Note 4G will go on sale in late December. The registration for sale will start at 6PM, Nov 25th. Redmi 1S will also go on sale tomorrow, probably for last time!

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The newly launched Android 5.0 Lollipop update comes with a brand new interface featuring Material design, beautiful transition animations, lock screen notifications, improved quick settings, revamped multitasking (Recents) interface, multiple users support on phone, battery saver mode, Do Not Disturb function, Priority Modes, and a whole lot more. In Lollipop, the multitasking has evolved and recent apps are shown in the form of a card stack. One can simply scroll to navigate through the stack of recently opened apps and swiping the card left or right closes that specific task. The new Recent Apps in Android 5.0 shows individual tabs opened in Google Chrome browser within the recent apps drawer itself, for easier access.

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With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, a new Android runtime called “ART” was introduced experimentally. Currently, Dalvik is the default runtime for Android devices and ART is optionally available on a number of Android 4.4 devices, such as Nexus phones, Google Play edition devices, Motorola phones running stock Android and many other smartphones. ART is currently in development stage, that has been purposely introduced to obtain developer and user feedback. ART will eventually replace dalvik runtime once it becomes completely stable in the future. Until then, users with compatible devices can switch from Dalvik to ART if they’re interested in trying out this new functionality and experience its performance.

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