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Worldwide Android News 24/04/15 – Xiaomi Mi 4i, Nexus Player, Mi Note and More!

April 24, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Nexus Player Launches in Australia, Bringing Android TV to The Region

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When Google launch hardware, and new software, they often start off as only being available in North America. The Nexus Player, and with it Android TV, is steadily making its way around the world and next stop is Australia. As AusDroid is reporting, the Nexus Player will be available from JB HiFi and and Dick Smith for $129 AUD, with the game controller available for $49 AUD, too. If you need a little inspiration, you can read our review here.

Xiaomi’s Mi Note Gets Certified in Malaysia

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The Xiaomi Mi Note, which we reviewed not too long ago, is headed to Malaysia and has been spotted on certification sites from the Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM). Along with it is coming a 3G variant of the Mi4. Just how much the Mi Note is going to cost remains to be seen, but we doubt Xiaomi will be charging much for this, after all this is Xiaomi we’re talking about.

Oppo Launch the Joy Plus in India

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Oppo is quickly becoming a name in the Indian smartphone market and we all know that to do that you need to offer a variety of different phone sizes and price points. Oppo is launching the small Joy Plus this week, coming in at 4-inches (800 x 480) with a dual-core MediaTek CPU and Android 4.4 KitKat. This is not an amazing phone by any standards, but it costs just RS 6,990 and features a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. This is a budget offering, and while it’s not that cheap, it is from a decent brand people are beginning to trust.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Launches on Optus Australia

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The Galaxy J1 is a budget offering from Samsung, designed to offer a Galaxy smartphone to first-time buyers or those on a skimp budget. It’s a 4-inch 800 x 480 affair and the quad-core CPU and cameras leave a lot to be desired. However, launching in Australia at just $169 AUD off-contract from Optus it quickly makes sense. After all, it’s something that first-time smartphone buyers and those looking for an interim device might like. For more information, check out Optus’s site.

Lenovo Launch the A5000 in Russia

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Lenovo is no stranger to launching devices in Russia, and this new A-series device is a decent purchase at RUB 12,000. It’s a 5-inch HD device with a quad-core MediaTek CPU, Android 4.4 KitKat, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera along with 8GB of expandable storage. It’s a decent device thanks to its massive 4,000 mAh battery which should last a long, long time. That’s a larger battery than the one inside the Galaxy Note 4!

ASUS Launch the ZenPower and Lolliflash in India

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When the ASUS ZenFone 2 was launched, they announced some accessories. Now, two of these are coming to India. The Lolliflash is a flash for your smartphone that’s a play on the whole Android Lollipop thing and is available is a variety of different colors. It just plugs in to your hedphone jack and improves low-light pictures. The Lolliflash will cost RS 799. Meanwhile, the 10,500 mAh ZenPower battery pack is pretty self-explanatory and comes in at RS 1,499.

Xiaomi Launch the Mi4i in India!

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Earlier this week, Xiaomi took to the stage in India to launch the Mi 4i, a slightly changed Xiaomi Mi 4 at a lower cost. We had all the information for you and rather than repeat it, here’s the announcement post and here are all the specs you’re after.