At around the same time, Xiaomi decided to have a bit of a poke at Samsung by launching their own ‘Note’ device, the Redmi Note 2. It has the Mediatek Helio X10 chip and some pretty decent specs and starts at $125 US dollars. There’s even a ‘Prime’ version with 32 gigs of storage and a slightly faster clock speed for just $155 US dollars. That’s pretty ridiculous. If those work in the US, you know I’ll be getting my hands on one as soon as possible. And also, a forum for the Redmi Note 2 is also available.
Some more information about the ZUK Z1 has come out, and it’s going to have USB 3.1, or USB type-C, as well as a massive 4100 milliamp hour battery! What’s even more exciting, as far as I’m concerned, is there’s going to be a press event in China next week for the Z1, and I’m going to be there, so look forward to some hands-on footage with the device next week!
In a bit of bad news, researchers from CognoSec have found a pretty significant design flaw with ZigBee home automation devices. As you might expect, some vendors cut corners and did the bare minimum to be considered compliant, and apparently in this case, some light bulbs and door locks that are ZigBee compliant have been shipping with default security fallback keys, which are publicly known, meaning that someone with a relatively inexpensive bit of hardware could actually compromise them from just a few meters away, possibly even farther away with more powerful equipment. Now I’m not saying you should immediately do away with your ZigBee door locks, but if you cheaped out on them, you may want to double check with the manufacturer to make sure they’re secure.
Remix OS, an Android-based ROM that adds in some windowed multitasking and attempts to make a tablet feel more like a desktop, has officially been released for the Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10. I’ve heard good things about the Remix Mini, their pocket PC that Remix OS was originally designed for, so I might just have to break out my Nexus 10 and give this a shot on it. You can find download links in the portal post.
Fastboot Mobile, along with XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD, have released a new app called Encore Music. Encore Music is a open source music app that attempts to solve a major problem with music playback on Android: having it all in one place. I know I find myself with some music in Google Play Music, some in Amazon, some Pandora, some Spotify, and so on, so something like this could really be great. Currently only Spotify and Google Play Music plugins are available, as well as a DSP Suite that you can use to add an equalizer and audio effects, but more plugins are being worked on, and since it’s open source, if you want to contribute, you can head on over to the Encore Music forum on XDA and see what’s being worked on, and how you can help.