Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Xiaomi Mi 4i MIUI v6.5.5.0 Update Rollout Begins, Claims to Fix Overheating Issues

Xiaomi, as expected, has started rolling out the latest OTA (over-the-air) system update of MIUI v6.5.5.0 for Mi 4i users. The system update for the Xiaomi Mi 4i is claimed to bring a fix for overheating issues that were reported by users under strenuous conditions.
Announcing the OTA update rollout for the Mi 4i, Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Vice President of International Operations in a Facebook post late Monday night revealed that this was the first major update for the Mi 4i since the handset's launch last month, and it incorporated feedback from early Mi 4i users. The OTA update also brings a number of bug fixes and optimisations.
Barra on his Facebook post said, "We've heard from some Mi 4i users that their devices can get warm under more strenuous conditions such as complex 3D gaming for extended periods of time. To address these concerns, we've optimised our thermal control algorithms to better regulate the temperature. The new thermal controls adjust frequency, voltage and the number of cores in use depending on the chipset temperature."
He went on to claim that in the internal testing and pre-OTA release in the MIUI forum and beta testers, the company saw reduced overall device temperature without affecting performance. Barra also confirmed confirmed that an earlier OTA releasev6.5.4.0 for the Mi 4i was paused last week after some users reported minor issue related to the power button.
Priced at Rs.12,999, the Xiaomi Mi 4i was launched last month amidst much fanfare in India. It features a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) OGS Corning Concore IPS display; 441ppi; MIUI 6 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop; a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor; Adreno 405 GPU; 2GB of RAM; 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera; 16GB of inbuilt storage, with no expansion slot, and a 3120mAh battery.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Google's new OS codenamed 'Brillo'

Google's ready to take over just about any device that connects to the internet whether or not it has a digital screen.

First reported by The Information, Google is working on a new OS codenamed "Brillo" that is incredibly small and will need just 32MB or 64MB of RAM to run successfully for it to be able to be squeezed into even the smallest of Internet of Things (IoT) device.

It's expected that the new OS will be released under the Android banner with the group working on the initial development of the OS linked to the Android unit that develops the world's number one mobile OS.

Android part of the plan
Indeed, if it is launched with the Android moniker then it will mark a sharp departure from the latest Android build that demanded at least 512MB of RAM to be able to function correctly. The move will allow Google to take a piece of the smart home pie by letting its OS to run everything from smart fridges and light bulbs to locking mechanisms, thermostats and micro-sized wearables.

By building an OS specific to the IoT, Google seems to be positioning itself as one of those who will be at the centre of smart homes of the future and we can expect to hear a lot more about its plans at the I/O developers conference next week.