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BloodRose

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Dec 5, 2008
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Hi,

I've been looking at buying this phone because my current one (Honor 5x) is a bit slow for my tastes but I just have a few questions.

1. If I buy the device from a Chinese vendor on AE/Ebay then will I need to use this guide to flash the global ROM to it. http://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-max/how-to/installing-twrp-locked-bootloader-t3406501
I'm quite content to flash it myself since my last experience with proper Chinese phones (Elephone P7000) wasn't exactly a positive one and I would prefer an official Xiaomi ROM over anything custom. I also wouldn't want a rooted or BL unlocked handset and in any case Xiaomi's BL unlock authorisation process sounds painful.

2. Does the official Global ROM have full support for Google apps, DRM protected content, banking apps etc?

3. Does the official Global ROM contain any left over Chinese or is it 100% localised? I recall that my Elephone retained a Chinese bootloader and using the recovery menu when I needed to was extremely difficult. I can read quite a lot of Japanese but I don't know any Chinese and whilst a lot of the characters are the same, many others don't exist in Japanese at all or carry a different meaning.

4. Can I use Google Now over the MIUI?

Thanks in advance.
 

paarkhi

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Jan 12, 2011
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Hi,

I've been looking at buying this phone because my current one (Honor 5x) is a bit slow for my tastes but I just have a few questions.

1. If I buy the device from a Chinese vendor on AE/Ebay then will I need to use this guide to flash the global ROM to it. http://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-max/how-to/installing-twrp-locked-bootloader-t3406501
I'm quite content to flash it myself since my last experience with proper Chinese phones (Elephone P7000) wasn't exactly a positive one and I would prefer an official Xiaomi ROM over anything custom. I also wouldn't want a rooted or BL unlocked handset and in any case Xiaomi's BL unlock authorisation process sounds painful.

2. Does the official Global ROM have full support for Google apps, DRM protected content, banking apps etc?

3. Does the official Global ROM contain any left over Chinese or is it 100% localised? I recall that my Elephone retained a Chinese bootloader and using the recovery menu when I needed to was extremely difficult. I can read quite a lot of Japanese but I don't know any Chinese and whilst a lot of the characters are the same, many others don't exist in Japanese at all or carry a different meaning.

4. Can I use Google Now over the MIUI?

Thanks in advance.
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2. Yes, it has full support for Google Apps, DRM, Protected Content, Banking Apps, etc.
3. No chinese leftover in Global ROM
4. Yes, you can use Google Now on MIUI
 
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bobert135

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re Question #1
if you buy a Helium model (64/128gb) the official global rom isn't out yet. It'll probably come out in August from what I can see. http://en.miui.com/download-302.html#446
However the China Dev Rom for MIUI 8 isn't thaat bad. Once you get through 10 mins of pain first installing gapps and installing an english keyboard you won't see that much chinese and most chinese apps can be uninstalled. It'll do you OK until a global rom is out.
 

BloodRose

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Dec 5, 2008
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re Question #1
if you buy a Helium model (64/128gb) the official global rom isn't out yet. It'll probably come out in August from what I can see. http://en.miui.com/download-302.html#446
However the China Dev Rom for MIUI 8 isn't thaat bad. Once you get through 10 mins of pain first installing gapps and installing an english keyboard you won't see that much chinese and most chinese apps can be uninstalled. It'll do you OK until a global rom is out.

I've gone for the 32GB/3GB version because the bigger versions were more than I wanted to spend really. Apparently the seller I've ordered it from are shipping them with the official Global ROM out of the box now so it should hopefully be OK to just pick up and go when it arrives.
 

paarkhi

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I'm sorry, what does that mean?

Now on Tap is a feature which Google has released with Marshmallow where you can long press the home button on any screen and Google will show the details related to the subject which is on your screen. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE THIS FEATURE ON MIUI.
google said:
You can hold down your Home button to get information about what's on your screen using Now on Tap
Now on Tap is available for Android devices with both:
Android 6.0 (Android M)
Language set to English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Korean, Portuguese, or Russian

On any screen, touch and hold the Home button.
Google uses what's on your screen to show you related info, apps, and actions

Ways to use Now on Tap
Restaurants: Find restaurants and other points of interest mentioned on screen.
Movies: See reviews and info about a cast using the film name.
Music: Get details about a song or artist from within your app.
People: Learn about famous people and celebrities in the news.
Images: Get info about artwork, product logos, landmarks, and more.
https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6304517?co=GENIE.Platform=Android&hl=en
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-start-using-google-now-on-tap-in-android-marshmallow/
 
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BloodRose

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Now on Tap is a feature which Google has released with Marshmallow where you can long press the home button on any screen and Google will show the details related to the subject which is on your screen. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE THIS FEATURE ON MIUI.

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6304517?co=GENIE.Platform=Android&hl=en
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-start-using-google-now-on-tap-in-android-marshmallow/

Thanks. That is actually a slight positive for me because my current phone (Honor 5x) has that feature and I hate it.
 

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    Hi,

    I've been looking at buying this phone because my current one (Honor 5x) is a bit slow for my tastes but I just have a few questions.

    1. If I buy the device from a Chinese vendor on AE/Ebay then will I need to use this guide to flash the global ROM to it. http://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-max/how-to/installing-twrp-locked-bootloader-t3406501
    I'm quite content to flash it myself since my last experience with proper Chinese phones (Elephone P7000) wasn't exactly a positive one and I would prefer an official Xiaomi ROM over anything custom. I also wouldn't want a rooted or BL unlocked handset and in any case Xiaomi's BL unlock authorisation process sounds painful.

    2. Does the official Global ROM have full support for Google apps, DRM protected content, banking apps etc?

    3. Does the official Global ROM contain any left over Chinese or is it 100% localised? I recall that my Elephone retained a Chinese bootloader and using the recovery menu when I needed to was extremely difficult. I can read quite a lot of Japanese but I don't know any Chinese and whilst a lot of the characters are the same, many others don't exist in Japanese at all or carry a different meaning.

    4. Can I use Google Now over the MIUI?

    Thanks in advance.
    1 ----
    2. Yes, it has full support for Google Apps, DRM, Protected Content, Banking Apps, etc.
    3. No chinese leftover in Global ROM
    4. Yes, you can use Google Now on MIUI
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    Those were the exact answers that I was hoping for. Thanks.

    After reading the link you posted the answer to your first question is also yes, that's the guide you'll need to follow to flash the stock rom and twrp recovery (only if bootloader is locked else if it's unlocked then instead of edl mode, you can boot in fastboot mode)
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    I'm sorry, what does that mean?

    Now on Tap is a feature which Google has released with Marshmallow where you can long press the home button on any screen and Google will show the details related to the subject which is on your screen. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE THIS FEATURE ON MIUI.
    google said:
    You can hold down your Home button to get information about what's on your screen using Now on Tap
    Now on Tap is available for Android devices with both:
    Android 6.0 (Android M)
    Language set to English, Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Korean, Portuguese, or Russian

    On any screen, touch and hold the Home button.
    Google uses what's on your screen to show you related info, apps, and actions

    Ways to use Now on Tap
    Restaurants: Find restaurants and other points of interest mentioned on screen.
    Movies: See reviews and info about a cast using the film name.
    Music: Get details about a song or artist from within your app.
    People: Learn about famous people and celebrities in the news.
    Images: Get info about artwork, product logos, landmarks, and more.
    https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6304517?co=GENIE.Platform=Android&hl=en
    http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-start-using-google-now-on-tap-in-android-marshmallow/