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US Mobile brings Xiaomi and Meizu to the US market

Xiaomi and Meizu are finally and officially on the US market thanks to US Mobile. The Chinese smartphone manufacturers have become some of the most popular in the world but they want to conquer the US as well. Now they have a bigger chance, especially since one of the biggest US carriers is offering them support.


Mi 4



Xiaomi is one of the most popular OEMs globally and the second most popular manufacturer on the Chinese market at the moment. Its “low cost, high end” offerings are hard to resist, and the spec sheets prove it. The US market has been uninfluenced by the Chinese offerings, but that is going to change as US Mobile is finally letting Xiaomi and Meizu in.


US Mobile has promised to offer support and service for the devices it sells and this should assure users that they will not have to fear the need for after-sales support from China. The bad part of the deal is that the devices will not support LTE bands for the US. They are imported from China and not created specifically for the USA networks, which makes them unoptimized. They will be unlocked, however.


The devices are not the most recent smartphones that Xiaomi and Meizu have launched on the Asian market either, but they don’t lag too far behind. Among the offerings you will find Meizu Note 2, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi 3 and Redmi 2.


Even if the news itself may not be very exciting, it does mark the beginning of a new era when it comes to the US smartphone market. The entry of Chinese smartphones on the US markets should make other manufacturers rethink their marketing strategy in favor of the customers. We shall see if the arrival of Xiaomi and Meizu on the US market has any effect in the near future.


Source: XDA Devs



OnePlus team teases new device coming Q2 or Q3 of 2015

OnePlus is still playing hard to get when it comes to its special One as we still have to fish an invite before buying the device. When are we going to start getting in virtual lines for a newer one? According to some OnePlus voices, the OnePlus TWO(?) launches sometime in Q2 or Q3 of 2015.

The timeframe was announced on a subreddit Q&A today and it would mean that the next device pops out on the market a year after the release of the first one. There are no news regarding the way of purchase the new device will have, but we sure hope we won’t have to beg for invites again!

The announcement also implies that the device would be smaller than the 5.5” OnePlus One. The new device may already be in post-production as we speak though!

Source: Reddit

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Ouya reportedly in talks of acquisition with US and Chinese companies

Ouya seems to have hit rock bottom even after a decent release of the first low-cost Android console out there. It got a big start a few years ago when it managed to raise more than $8 million on Kickstarter, but its slow results and less than stellar overall impression hurt it more than it helped. It appears that now, Recode is trying to sell its Ouya plans to any US or Chinese company out there.

Apparently, Ouya feels that cashing out is better than trying to lure more developers in order to continue its journey, even after it tried and found solutions such as free-to-try requirements for games. It appears that Ouya is trying to seal the deal with Google or Amazon in the US or with Xiaomi or Tencent in China. It seems that the Chinese deals would be much more realistic as Xiaomi already agreed to include the Ouya software with its smart TVs. The Android system would bring millions on the Chinese market, where a lack of reliance on Google products is expected.

Talks are still in early stages though, and more information is to be expected. Ouya has not added anything regarding Google’s and Amazon’s gaming offers.

Source: Recode

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Waygo – a translator app (almost) free on Google Store

Waygo is a new Android app that helps users translate different phrases from Chinese and Japanese to English at no cost. It is a play on the already popular Word Lens app and it lets users use up to 10 translations per day for the free version. They can play up to $7 for a lifetime license that allows continuous usage daily or $2 for a tourist license that works for 1 week.

Waygo screenshot, source Google Play store
Waygo screenshot, source Google Play store

Waygo stores the translations it makes locally so it doesn’t need an internet connection to use it. The app doesn’t recognize stylized characters or calligraphy which means those Asian character tattoos will not be translated by it. You’ll have to take that tattooist’s word for the translation. It will recognize different items on Chinese or Japanese menus though!

The app is already a hit on iOS and now Android users can finally see for themselves if it is worth the hype. You can try it free of charge in the Google Play Store.