Monday, 27 July 2015

Rumour: New Xiaomi Mi Pad To Be Released in Spring, Android and Windows Will Be Supported

"Mi Fans" have endured a long wait for a newer incarnation of Mi Pad but this wait may soon come to an end. A clue for the new Xiaomi Mi Pad emerged recently when a rumour was posted on Weibo (China's version of Twitter) that "Mi Pad sales are poor. The Mi Pad department has been removed. There will no longer be any Mi Pad products." This message drew attention from a large number of Internet users right away.

Artist rendering of Mi Pad 2
Xiaomi stepped in to dispel the rumour and released an official message stating that "It's just an impossible rumour. The Mi Pad department still exists because Mi Pad is the best seller among all Android tablets in China. Xiaomi will continue to provide wonderful Mi Pad services and experience."

The first version of Mi Pad (and the only one so far) was released in May 2014, configured with Nvidia Tegra processor and 2k screen.

According to Huaqiang Electrical Analyst Mi Pad 2 will be based on Intel's Cherry Trail platform and will be released in Australian Spring. In April this year, Intel indicated that they would supply their newly produced 64-bit processor to Xiaomi. Xiaomi expressed on Weibo that it might be used in Mi Pad 2.

Its rapid rise earns Xiaomi respect and recognition. Other technology companies see Xiaomi's potential and try to leverage Xiaomi's growth for expanding their own market share in China. Last year in August, at Sony Beijing news conference, Sony TV featuring deep integration with Xiaomi Box was announced.

Not to be outdone, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 will run on Xiaomi Mi 4. This hasn't happened yet and the Mi Fans have been asking for this repeatedly. It is therefore not difficult to speculate that Mi Pad 2 running Windows 10 will soon be released.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

How to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi MIUI (Steps & Screenshots)

As Xiaomi continues to develop its MIUI OS, older ways to install Google Play Store on a Xiaomi device become obsolete. In fact our how-to article on this very topic published less than half a year ago is already out of date.

In this article we share not one but two different tips for installing Google Play Store on 2 different versions of MIUI.

Note: devices sold by Xiaomi outside of China already come with Google apps pre-installed so this article doesn't apply to you.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI (Android 4.4.4) -tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Pad

1. Download the latest Google Play Store app from APKMirror in the form of an APK file (the file name ends with .apk)

2. Open the Explorer app, then go to the Download folder

3. Tap the APK file you've just downloaded. You will see a list of permissions the app needs, as well as a warning that the app is from an unknown source. This is normal when installing from an APK file. Tap Next to proceed.

4. That's it! When you launch Google Play Store for the first time, you'll have to enter your Google username and password (Gmail ones work too).

Once you have Google Play Store, we you can install many useful apps such as Chrome, YouTube and Google Maps.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI (Android 4.4.4) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Note

1. Download this zip file containing 4 apps in the form of APK. The 4 apps are: Google Services Framework, Google Account Manager, Google Play Services and Google Play Store.

2. Open the Explorer app, then go to the Download folder

3. Tap the downloaded zip file in order to extract (unzip). It takes several seconds to unzip, just wait for it to finish.

4. You will get a folder containing 4 APK files. Install the APKs in this order: , , and finally .

4. Restart your Xiaomi phone

5. Google Play Store has been successfully installed. The first time you run it you'll be asked to enter your Google credentials. After that you'll be able to use Play Store normally.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI (Android 5.0.2) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

[Update 21 Sep 2015] Follow the steps outlined in the Install Google Play Store for MIUI (Android 4.4.4) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Note section above. The exact same steps work flawlessly for Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

Install Google Play Store for MIUI (Android 5.0.2) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

[Update 22 Jan 2016] Follow the steps outlined in the Install Google Play Store for MIUI (Android 4.4.4) - tested successfully on Xiaomi Mi Note section above. The same steps work perfectly for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.


Note: This previous article for installing Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 is no longer current. The steps listed above in this article are your best bet.