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The folks at Xiaomi got their start by offering custom smartphone ROMs that offered a unique spin on the Android operating system. Since then, the company’s started selling its own phones, as well as set-top-boxes.
So what’s next for the Chinese device and software company? Tablets seem like an obvious choice.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Rumor: Xiaomi Mi Pad 7 inch tablet coming August 16th for $160?
Chinese software and device maker Xiaomi has made a name for itself by putting its Android-based MIUI software on high quality devices at low prices. Now it looks like the first Xiaomi tablet could be on the way. [GizChina]
- Nokia may be working on a Windows Phone 8 handset with a Snapdragon 800 CPU
There’s evidence that Nokia’s working on a next-gen smartphone featuring Qualcomm’s upcoming chip with blazing-fast graphics. [TechTastic]
- Apple’s iPad mini success could lead to more 8″ tablets
On the one hand, this prediction makes a lot of sense. Apple is having success in the 7 inch space, so we may see more Android tablet makers offering similarly-sized tablets. On the other hand, it’s not like anyone but Apple’s had a lot of success in the 9.7 inch tablet space. What works for Apple doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else. [CNET]
- Turn a Raspberry Pi into a media center with Element14’s $50 XBMC Bundle
Want to turn a Raspberry Pi into a cheap media center PC? All you need is the Raspbmc operating system which lets you run XBMC, an HDMI cable, an Ethernet cable, maybe a wireless remote… or you could just buy a $50 kit that gives you everything you need. [Element14]
- Improving WiFi performance on the MK802 IV Android TV stick
Rikomagic’s MK802 IV is a small device that lets you run Android apps on a TV. It has a speedy RK3188 quad-core processor, but could get better WiFi reception… now the company is recommending users crack open the case, move the antenna, and upgrade the firmware to improve WiFi performance. [Rikomagic]
- NEC Terrain rugged QWERTY Android phone coming to AT&T for $99
Touchscreen smartphones may be the norm these days, but some folks still prefer a device with a QWERTY keyboard below the screen. Here’s one. Oh yeah, it’s rugged too. [Android Police]
- OpenMandriva Lx Alpha is now available (Linux distro)
Hey look, it’s a new community-supported GNU/Linux operating system with KDE 4.10, Linux kernel 3.8.12, and more. [OpenMandriva]
- The missing B&N NOOK apps for PC, Mac return
Recently Barnes & Noble stopped offering NOOK apps for reading eBooks on a PC or Mac. Now they’re back. Go figure. [The Digital Reader]
- Pico-ITX board with Freescale i.MX6 processor should make a nice Android/Linux mini PC
This tiny board supports Freescale’s ARM Cortex-A9 single, dual, or quad-core processors, offers a nice range of input and output options, and should fit into any PC case that can handle a Pico ITX board. There’s no word on price though. [CNX Software]