MIUI 7 Global Released: How to Download and Install It

MIUI 7 Global Released: How to Download and Install It

Xiaomi on Tuesday announced that it has made available MIUI 7 global stable builds for a range of devices. The new version of Xiaomi’s mobile OS is available for download from the company’s official forum, and is also being rolled out in the form of an OTA update.

Stable MIUI 7 builds are available for the Xiaomi Mi 3, the Xiaomi Mi 4, the Xiaomi Mi Note, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, the Xiaomi Redmi 2, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime, the Xiaomi Redmi Note, and the Xiaomi Mi Pad. There’s no word on when the Xiaomi Mi 4i will receive the update.

Based on Android Lollipop, MIUI 7 comes with a number of features such as four built-in themes, a daily lock screen that changes its wallpaper everyday, and a new mode that gives a user the option to lock down apps they don’t want their kids to access.

As for improvements, the company claims that MIUI 7 offers up to 30 percent better response time than MIUI 6. Users should also find it light on battery as some tweaks on how the operating system handles the background apps have been introduced.

If you’ve never flashed your device – manually installed the ROM on your handset – you should wait for the OTA update to arrive for your phone. Users can check the Updater app on their MIUI device to see if the OTA update has arrived for them. If it has, users should press Update, and then press Reboot now once the download completes to finish the installation.

Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below to install the latest flavour of Xiaomi’s take on Android for your handset.

What you need to know before updating the device is that there are two builds available for your device: Fastboot, and Recovery. Updating your handset using the recovery build is easier, and furthermore, it doesn’t wipe your existing files and settings. Fastboot requires you to download the Mi PC suite on your computer, and using this method wipes the files and settings on your device.

Users running stable MIUI 5 or MIUI 6 stable builds are recommended to wait for the OTA update, or flash the full ROMs in recovery or using Mi PC suite. If users are running the MIUI 7 China developer build, or the MIUI 7 global beta build, they are recommended to flash the full ROMs after wiping all user data, as they will not receive the update over-the-air.

If you wish to wipe all your settings – preferable only if your device has some issues – you can follow the instructions mentioned below recovery mode.

Below we’ve explained how you can update to MIUI 7 using the Recovery ROM, Mi PC Suite, and Fastboot ROM.

How to update using Recovery mode:
1) Take a backup of all your data. Save all your photos, contacts, downloaded files to your computer or save it to any of your favoured cloud storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive.

(Also see: How to Back Up Your Android Smartphone)

2) Download the MIUI 7 build corresponding to your smartphone.

  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi 3 (665MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi 4 (665MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 2 (652MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime (652MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi Note (692MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 1S (682MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi Pad (543MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi Note (711MB)

3) Rename the Recovery ROM you downloaded to update.zip on your computer.

4) Connect your smartphone to the laptop using a data cable, and copy the ROM file downloaded into the root directory of the internal storage of your device. Ensure that you haven’t placed the file in any other folder.

5) Now you have to enter the recovery mode to initiate the installation process. There are two ways to put your phone in the recovery mode:

  • Method 1: Launch Updater app on your device, click the icon at the top-right corner, and selectReboot to Recovery mode to enter.

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  • Method 2: You can also turn off your device and then hold both Volume + button and Power button at the same time to enter Recovery mode.

6) Once in Recovery mode, you can use Volume +/- to select up/down, and Power button to confirm.

7) After entering Recovery mode, choose your preferred language, and select Install update.zip to System One and confirm. Doing this will initiate MIUI 7 installation to your device. Wait until the update is completed, choose Reboot to System One, and then your device should boot to the MIUI 7 version.

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How to update using Mi PC Suite
This method is only meant for users running stable bulds of MIUI 5 or MIUI 6.

1) First, download Mi PC Suite and install it on your computer.

2) Turn off your device, press the Power button and Volume down button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode.

3) Connect your device with the computer with a USB cable.

4) Open Mi PC Suite and let it find your device. Then select Update. If the update is available, clickUpdate now.

How to update using Fastboot mode:
Installing a Fastboot ROM is a little bit more complicated, and you can follow the instructions below.

1) Download the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool from the Xiaomi website.

2) Download the Fastboot ROM for your device from the links below.

  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi 3 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi 4 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 1S – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 2 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi Note – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi Pad – Fastboot ROM

3) Switch off your Xiaomi smartphone. Hit the Volume- key and the power button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode. Now plug in your device to a Windows PC or laptop via the Micro-USB cable.

4) Double-click on the Fastboot ROM file you downloaded to your PC in step 2 to decompress it. Open the folder where this decompressed ROM is saved and copy the folder path.

5) Now decompress the flashing tool you downloaded in step 1. Then double-click on it to install it. After this, open MiFlash.exe and in its address bar, paste the folder path copied in the previous step. Now click the Refresh button and MiFlash will recognise your device.

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6) There are three options you can choose from at the bottom: Flash all will flash all the files, and wipe all userdata and all files in internal storage. Flash all except storage will flash updated files, wipe user data, but will not delete files in internal storage. Flash all except data and storage will only flash the updated files, and will not wipe user data and files in internal storage. To preserve your user data make sure you select Flash all except data and storage.

7) After this, click Flash button towards top right to flash the ROM to your Xiaomi smartphone.

8) Wait till the progress bar fills up. You will then see a message next to it that reads: “The operation completed successfully”. Your device will automatically reboot and have MIUI 7 installed.

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Amazon has quietly launched its own clothing lines, as it tries to take over fashion retail

A screen capture of the one of the items reportedly from Amazon's private fashion lines
Already in the midst of a massive growth spurt, Amazon is looking to fashion to keep fueling its expansion. For months there have been clues that the e-commerce giant was developing its own in-house clothing brands, and just last week, job postings from the company (paywall) hinted it was actively moving toward a launch. But it seems the launch already quietly occurred.
The company has introduced at least 1,800 different fashion products on its site, under seven different brand names it trademarked, according to a Feb. 21 note by Ed Yruma, managing director and equity research analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets. As WWD reported (paywall), Amazon is selling a wide variety of items, including women’s clothing and bags, men’s tailored wear and accessories, and even children’s clothing. They exist under the labels Society New York, Lark & Ro, Scout + Ro, Franklin & Freeman, Franklin Tailored, James & Erin, and North Eleven.
Searches of public records confirm that Amazon owns the trademarks to these brands. A quick look at the items for sale, such as a turtleneck dress from Society New York for $39.97, and a cap-toe oxford by Franklin & Freeman for $53.97, indicates Amazon is sticking toward the cheaper end of the price spectrum for its in-house labels.

(Amazon has not confirmed that these are its private lines, but Quartz has reached out to the company for comment and will update this post with any response.)
In any case, Amazon has been moving toward launching its own lines as its fashion strategy shifts. Since it jumped into fashion retail more than a decade ago, it has occasionally struggled to gain traction, partnering with existing retailers and clothing brands. Its solution has at times been to acquire or launch its own outlets, including Shopbop and East Dane, and it makes sense that it would create its own clothing brands when its existing partnerships don’t offer what its shoppers want.
“When we see gaps, when certain brands have actually decided for their own reasons not to sell with us, our customer still wants a product like that,” Jeff Yurcisin, vice president of clothing at Amazon Fashion and CEO of Shopbop, said at a retail conference in October.

In-house brands can also sell extremely well. At fashion e-commerce powerhouse Revolve, the company’s private-label brands are some of its top sellers. And KeyBanc notes that, at their peak, Amazon’s margins in apparel are better than other goods, while the company has said fashion is one of its fastest-growing categories.

While Amazon faces definite headwinds to developing its apparel business—KeyBanc notes only about 15% of its active customers buy clothes through the site—the potential is there for Amazon to disrupt retail in the mass-market. Amazon has an immense amount of data to draw on, which could allow it to identify consumer trends and respond quickly, a capability that has allowed fast-fashion to take sales from chains such as Gap.
Successful private labels would also make it even more competitive against competitors that rely on brick-and-mortar stores. According to financial firm Cowen and Company, Amazon is on course to top Macy’s as the largest clothing retailer in the US this year.
The conditions are right for big profits, and more growth for Amazon.

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Amazon launches in-house clothing line with seven new fashion brands

amazonfashionAmazon now has its own clothing line.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire File Photo)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire File Photo)

The Seattle tech giant quietly rolled out more than 1,800 fashion products made by the company under seven trademarked brand names, reported Quartz.

WWD noted that Amazon is selling a variety of clothing for men, women, and children. The seven Amazon fashion labels are: Franklin & Freeman, Franklin Tailored, James & Erin, North Eleven, Society New York, Lark & Ro, and Scout + Ro.

This is the first time Amazon is selling fashion products made by the company itself. Amazon has dipped its toes in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, but it hasn’t always led to success. In 2012, Amazon shut down Endless.com, a five-year-old high-end online fashion site that sold handbags, shoes, jewelry and other accessories, although it still operates other standalone sites today, such as MyHabit.com.

Amazon also sponsored the New York Men’s Fashion Week last year. In addition, the company is hiring for its fashion team. Business Insider spotted a “fashion technology” job posting with this description:

“When you think of buying new clothing, shoes, watches and jewelry, do you think of Amazon? Not yet? Well, we are going to change that.”

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Amazon launches its own clothing brands

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Over the years, Amazon has challenged the traditional brick-and-mortar model, redefined the books landscape, and gone all-in with original programming. Now, the retail giant is foraying headfirst into fashion.

Amazon has released 1,800 products, ranging from women’s clothing and bags to children’s clothing to men’s tailored apparel, spanning over seven private labels. Amazon owns the labels Society New York, Lark and Ro, Scout and Ro, Franklin and Freeman, Franklin Tailored, James and Erin, and North Eleven, WWD reports.

AMAZON WILL FILL IN THE “GAPS” LEFT BY OTHER FASHION BRANDS

Although Amazon did not confirm the launch of these in-house brands, Amazon Fashion’s VP of clothing, Jeff Yurcisin, had alluded to this move at the WWD CEO summit in New York last October. “When we see gaps — when certain brands have actually decided for their own reasons not to sell with us — our customer still wants a product like that,” he said.

Amazon sees its fashion arm playing a similar role to Amazon Basics, where it sells home-brand electronics. Through these new labels, the company will supply products that third-party sellers are not providing to Amazon’s 300 million customers.

Starting with the acquisition of online clothing retailer Shopbop in 2006, Amazon has been taking smaller fashion ventures under its wing. It went on to scoop up My Habit and East Dance too. In an attempt to further its presence in the world of fashion, Amazon also sponsored the New York Men’s Fashion Week for the first time last year.

AMAZON IS EN ROUTE TO BECOME THE TOP CLOTHING SELLER IN THE US

The $250 billion clothing and accessories industry in the US is a hotbed for the e-commerce company. By next year, Amazon isexpected to surpass Macy’s and become the top clothing seller in the US, according to Cowen and Company. The online shopping behemoth will most likely enjoy higher margins and profits with private labeling than it does being a front for big brands like Calvin Klein and Levi’s now.

Now, the retailer is pushing the envelope by ramping up the hiring for its private label team. The company is allegedly in talks to hire Frances Russell, former Marks and Spencer womenswear boss. The intention to hire managers with “strong product sensibility in both basic and fast-fashion segments, and [the] ability to identify and capitalize on current trends” aligns perfectly with the launch of the private labels.

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