New Outfit highlights Fortnite Item Shop Update

All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection!

The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items.

Today’s update brings with it the return of some older outfits in the form of the Rebel and Revolt outfits, as well as the ability to pick up the newly introduced Cryptic outfit and Enigma item spray that debuted with Season 9 yesterday. Alongside the newer skins, players can pick up the Power Chord outfit and the Anarchu Axe harvesting tool, as well as the Crossroads harvesting tool.

Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some cheaper items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Insight and Tactics Officer outfits are available in the game, along with the Airlift glider and Studded Axe harvesting tool. For those looking to add to their emote collection, the Intensity and Switchstep moves are available.

A shadowy figure

Cryptic

1,200 V-Bucks

Brightness in the dark

Enigma

500 V-Bucks

Play a hit

Power Chord

2,000 V-Bucks

Cause some chaos

Anarchy Axe

800 V-Bucks

Wicked dive

Stage Dive

800 V-Bucks

Revolutionary

Revolt

1,500 V-Bucks

Freedom fighter

Rebel

1,500 V-Bucks

Pick your path

Crossroads

500 V-Bucks

Look deep

Insight

1,200 V-Bucks

Listen carefull

Tactics Officer

800 V-Bucks

Coming in hot

Airlift

1,200 V-Bucks

Sparkly

Studded Axe

800 V-Bucks

Show some effort

Intensity

800 V-Bucks

Switch it up

Switchstep

500 V-Bucks

As is the case with every day, the Fortnite item shop updates every day at 8 pm EST, which means the clock is ticking on your ability to pick up any of these items.

Updated May 10, 2019: The store updated with all the latest goodies for you to enjoy!

No, Google will not force OEMs to adopt Android Q’s navigation gestures

Google sees custom OEM gestures as a ‘power user option,’ and will not force brands to use Android Q’s navigation gestures.

Google introduced new navigation gestures in Android Q, and the key point is that the back button is going away, with a side-swipe gesture taking its place. The move obviously led to a lot of confusion, with users left to ponder whether custom gestures from the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and others will be waylaid in favor of Google’s new prescribed system.

We now have more clarity on the matter. Allen Huang, Project Manager for Android System UI at Google, spoke to our friends at Android Authority, stated that while Google is “strongly encouraging” OEMs to adopt the new navigation gestures, it will not force them to do so.

To simplify, custom navigation gestures are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. From Huang:

We see custom OEM gestures as a power user option. Gesture navigation is a challenge for developers. They need to decide ‘Which of my gestures is going to be back?’

People navigate back over 150 times per day. We want to make this simple to learn and understand.

That’s a welcome move from Google, because I prefer Samsung’s gesture navigation to Google’s implementation. Android has been — and will always be — about choice, so it’s good to see that Google isn’t enforcing OEMs to stick to one particular navigation system. And if you’re not sold on the idea of gesture navigation at all, Android Q will still let you select the legacy three-button navigation bar.

Android Q beta 3 review: Dark theme, gesture navigation and more notification changes

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a don’t feature RCS messaging on T-Mobile

Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3a XL showing front of the phone

Rich Communications Services (RCS) messaging has been touted as the successor to standard text messages, but you’ll have to go without it if you’ve got a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3a on T-Mobile.

Responding to someone on Twitter, T-Mobile bluntly said “no” when asked about RCS support for the new Pixel phones. Compounding matters, there aren’t any Pixel phones on T-Mobile’s list of phones that support RCS.

When Android Authority reached out to T-Mobile for clarification, the carrier said the following:

For wireless provider grade performance, T-Mobile’s advanced messaging RCS capabilities are built into the core of the network rather than individual apps or devices, and the Pixels currently do not support this network-level authentication.

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Keep in mind that T-Mobile adopted the RCS Universal Profile, the same one that Verizon and Sprint also adopted. Because Pixel phones support RCS messaging on Verizon, it makes us wonder whether T-Mobile is doing something on the back-end to limit access.

There’s always a chance that future updates will enable RCS for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a on T-Mobile. For now, RCS on T-Mobile remains limited to Samsung Galaxy S phones dating back to the Galaxy S7 and excluding the newer Galaxy S10 phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and the OnePlus 6T.

NEXT: What’s the point of the Google Pixel 3a?

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Take a nostalgia trip with the GameBud and 400 games — just $34.99

Gamebud Portable Gaming Console

We all miss our Game Boys. You can’t return to those heady days of youth, but you can somewhat replicate the gaming experience with the GameBud. This nostalgia-inducing device is better than half price right now.

The GameBud is preloaded with 400 games in the classic eight-bit style. It saves on your phone battery and has some lovely, big buttons.

It’s also much smaller than its ’90s predecessor. The Gameboy was actually a bit of a brick, while the GameBud is little bigger than your palm. That means it’ll fit into almost any pocket, and three hours of battery life makes it perfect for the commute.

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The clock is ticking on the deal, so if you want to revive your youth then head on over to Tech Deals via the link below.

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Google Play Store gives ‘star-stuck’ app ratings a nudge

Changes are afoot for the Google Play Store that should make the app repository a more informative place for both regular people and developers. Google debuted new behaviors for various aspects of the Play Store at its Google I/O developer conference this week.

Here’s what’s on deck and what it means for you.

A star is reborn

App ratings are a vital metric that Android users rely on day in and day out to inform their downloading decisions. Does the app score three stars? Four? What’s your threshold, particularly if the app costs real money?

An issue faced by users and developers alike is that the current star ratings for apps are cumulative. That means if the version 1.0 build of any given app was garbage and scored one million one-star votes, those votes will still impact the app’s overall score years later — even after the app reaches version 20.0 and is flawless. This is about to change.

Google says beginning later this year, app ratings will be weighted to reflect the most current version of the app. Developers can see the new rating via the Google Play Console starting immediately, though end users won’t see the new system until August.

Suggested replies

Any avid Android user has likely taken advantage of suggested replies in Gmail or Android Messages. “You bet!” Thanks!” “I’ll call you later.” Now, developers will be able to send generic responses directly to app reviewers. But don’t get offended.

Rather than offer developers an automated and impersonal way out of interacting with users, the idea is to push developers to respond at all. Google says developers will see three suggested replies to any given bit of user feedback. These replies will be created automatically based on the content of the review. Developers can choose to send one as-is, augment one, or write their own.

This tool is available in English to start with, and other languages will be added in subsequent versions. Google claims reviewers who receive feedback from developers are apt to improve their rating by an average of 0.7 stars.

Fine-tuned landings

Developers’ Google Play Store listings are their home, their castle. They are the central spot where developers can entice Play Store users to download their app. The message matters, and that’s why Google is giving developers more control over this vital space.

Google says app writers will soon be able to create custom listings for apps based on install date or status of the viewer. For example, developers can send surfers to alternate versions of the storefront depending on whether or not they’ve installed the app. These alternate storefronts can offer customized marketing messages tailored to score downloads or re-downloads.

Updates get pushy

Developers and users alike can already take advantage of automatic app updates. The Play Store will signal phones when new app versions are available, and then download them in the background. This is effective, but not effective enough, according to developer feedback.

The new in-app updates API makes it possible for applications to update mid-use. This API has been in testing for several months and Google says developers have created smooth processes for upgrading apps while in use. This improves the overall acceptance rate of app updates by a respectable percentage. The API has reached general availability, so expect to see this in the real world before too long.

In-App Updates for Google Play Store

Stats for nerds

Developers gain some hardcore nerdy stuff to get excited about, starting with the “bundle” of joy.

A photo of Google Play's version number

Android App Bundles are party to some enhancements. Bundles are a way of delivering apps in smaller packages. Now developers can set more parameters for controlling when and how the bundles are sent to phones over the air.

Sharing apps internally is now more seamless, according to Google. Google smoothed over the process of testing new builds to trusted reviewers without the messy overhead of version codes, signing keys, or other validations.

Last, the Google Play Console Data now offers more information at a glance, allowing developers to better ascertain the stats of their apps.

While some of these changes are developer-facing only, others will soon become part of the everyday Google Play Store experience.

What’s new in AR / VR at Google I/O 2019

Google is leaning in to places where it can deliver the best experiences.

For the last several years, Google has saved a special part of its starting keynote at I/O for VR and AR. It started with Google casually handing out Cardboard to developers as the result of a 20% project, and grew tremendously from there. Now, Google is a full VR and AR powerhouse, complete with Marvel heroes posing with you right inside the Pixel camera app and several of the most popular VR apps on the planet being developed in house.

This year, however, AR and VR didn’t really get a specific section of the keynote. Clay Bavor did not take the stage to unveil some brilliant new thing. And while some of the headlines you may read try to create a narrative of doubt inside Google regarding the future of VR and AR, the truth is we’re seeing integration on a scale that matches the early days of Assistant.

Augment everything, everywhere

Walking up to Google I/O this year, there was never not a line in front of the big sign just outside the gate. Everyone wants to take their picture with the big I/O sign, but this year was different. This year, Google staff were waiting to help you take special AR photos with the sign, encouraging you to jump into the air as the photo was taken so you could see a spectacular version of the sign come to life with you inside it.

AR was everywhere at I/O this year. It was part of multiple sections of the keynote, including bringing AR to Google Search and Maps for navigation. The demo area for AR was never not busy, as people wandered around from station to station to explore new experiences.

Most of these demos are things we’ve seen before, just more polished. You can see the advances in facial tracking as you shoot lasers from your eyes and blast squares from your mouth as you open it. Tapping on a photo on a screen brings a massive version of that thing to life on the pedestal in front of you. Tapping on the colorful garden through your phone makes new flowers appear, and everyone who looks through their phones can see what you see. These are all announcements we’ve seen in the past brought to life, like cloud anchors and facial mapping and AR view in Chrome.

The lack of a shiny new announcement here was, in my view, way less important that the massive integration. You can smile in your Pixel Camera and the app knows to start a countdown to take a photo. Google Maps is going to place huge visible markers in front of you when walking so you know where you’re headed with greater ease. Even the I/O maps scattered throughout the festival allowed you to point your phone at them and see anchored pins everywhere to make navigation easier.

The bottom line here could be more clear, Google is investing heavily in making AR amazing, and enabling developers to do the same. You can expect much deeper integration with many Google products over the next year, and many more apps in the Play Store with these same features.

Virtually no mention of VR

Cardboard has come and gone (unless you’re Nintendo, apparently) and Daydream Standalone hasn’t really caught on the same way Oculus has with Go and Quest. Google’s own Pixel 3a won’t be supporting Daydream out of the box, due to performance concerns. So, VR at Google is dead, right?

LOL, nah.

Google has never been more deeply integrated in the VR ecosystem as it is right now, it just doesn’t have a solid footing in the hardware aspect of VR right now. Tilt Brush, which is without a doubt one of the most entertaining painting apps in any medium, is coming to Oculus Quest this month after seeing tremendous success on the Desktop VR stores. Owlchemy Labs, which is owned by Google, just published a spectacular sequel to its tremendously popular Job Simulator and it’s already doing quite well in stores. And then there’s Google Earth VR and YouTube VR, which are highly coveted VR experiences on the platforms with access.

It’s clear the Google VR team still has quite a bit of life left in them.

Daydream may not be in the foreground of Google’s VR plans right now, but Google itself is on every VR platform currently available in major ways. And many of the things these teams do push VR forward every day, in face the Owlchemy Labs people are largely responsible for many of the tools used to stream from within a VR game due to how explosively popular its first two titles continue to be.

Does this mean Google will give up on hardware and focus just in experiences? I wouldn’t count on that either. In a recent chat with Cnet’s Scott Stein, Clay Bavor made it clear everything is alive and well in VR land.

On the hardware devices side, we’re much more in a mode of R&D and thoughtfully building the Lego bricks that we’re going to need in order to snap together and make some really compelling experiences

So while some things may be publicly on pause, it’s clear the Google VR team still has quite a bit of life left in them.

Get ready for a fun year

The clock has already started counting down to the next Google I/O, and while we’re likely to see a lot more in AR on phones this year compared to VR on dedicated headsets, there’s plenty to be excited about right now for this whole category. Like Microsoft, Google has a long term vision where VR and AR intersect somewhere in the middle. And with a healthy collection of quality VR and AR experiences all polished up and ready for everyone to love, Google’s hand will continue to reach into this growing industry.

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Turning off Digital Wellbeing may solve Pixel 3, 3 XL performance issues

Digital Wellbeing cuts down on your phone addiction, but it could be causing performance problems on the Pixel 3/3 XL.

Digital Wellbeing is designed to curb phone addiction, with the feature offering tools to measure and limit the amount of time you spend in an app. It gives you detailed insights into how much time you’ve spent in each app, number of times you unlocked your phone over the course of a day, and notifications received. It’s a great new addition to Android, and one that has the potential to affect real change.

That said, it looks like Digital Wellbeing could be causing performance issues on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. For several months after their debut, Pixel 3 owners have complained about the interface being laggy and the performance in general not being on par with other flagships. If a thread on the Google Pixel sub-reddit is to be believed, the issue is down to Digital Wellbeing.

As noted by user Trueray17, disabling Digital Wellbeing dramatically improves performance on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL:

So, I have literally spent months trying different methods in attempts of fixing the Pixel 3 sluggishness and stuttering issues. I tried reboots, uninstalling unwanted apps, clearing the cache, full system wipes, etc but no matter what the performance issues would return. A few days ago I stared at my pixel 3 just confused why is performance so terrible, I personally don’t believe it’s the lack of ram but software related. I asked myself what is the last big feature that Google added to Android Pie?! Just maybe that is the culprit.

Then, Digital Wellbeing came in to mind. So I went in to my settings clicked on Digital Wellbeing, clicked the 3 dots on the top right and turned off usage access. Disabling digital Wellbeing from tracking apps and data. After that, my phone has been butter smooth not one stutter or lag. Switching between apps is a breeze now, no more text input lag just speedy performance throughout the whole UI.

Also, if you reduce animations in developer options it’s a whole new experience (blazing fast). I highly recommend everyone who is experiencing performance issues (sluggishness, lag, stutters) throughout the UI to disable digital Wellbeing. Let us know if it fixed the performance issues and spread the word.

Judging by the dozens of replies to the thread, it looks like switching off Digital Wellbeing actually made a difference to several users. I disabled the feature on my primary Pixel 3 XL several months ago, but I also have a Pixel 3 unit running Pie that has Digital Wellbeing turned on from day one and it doesn’t have any performance issues.

If your Pixel 3 or 3 XL is laggy and you’re looking for a fix, it doesn’t hurt to disable Digital Wellbeing to see if that makes a difference. Here’s how you can disable the feature on your Pixel 3/3 XL: head to Settings, navigate to Digital Wellbeing, select the action menu (three vertical dots on the top right corner), and hit Turn off usage access. In the Usage access window, go to Digital Wellbeing and toggle the permit usage access to off.

Are you seeing performance issues on your Pixel 3 or 3 XL? Did turning off Digital Wellbeing solve the problem? Let us know in the comments.

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How to get Android Q beta 3 on compatible non-Pixel phones

It’s great to see Android Q beta 3 with so many new features, but it’s also great to see the beta open up to non-Pixel phones. Here’s how to get Android Q beta 3 for compatible non-Pixel phones.

Asus Zenfone 5Z

Zen UI

According to Asus, known issues include SD cards with exFAT format not being supported and no beep when the volume up or down buttons are pressed.

  1. Turn off your Zenfone 5Z.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until your phone reboots.
  3. Connect your Zenfone 5Z to your PC.
  4. Download and decompress the Android Q’s image file.
  5. Double-click on “update_image.bat,” which starts the flash image command
  6. When the flash finishes, hit the Enter key to restart your Zenfone 5Z.

Essential Phone

Before we start, make sure to download the factory image. Also, download the fastboot tool from the Android SDK Platform-Tools package and add it to your path so the flash scripts can find it.

Finally, turn on OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging from within Developer options. To get to developer options, tap the build number multiple times until you see the “You are now a developer!” pop-up message.

  1. Connect your Essential Phone to your PC.
  2. Use the ADB tool to run the command adb reboot bootloader
  3. Reboot your phone while holding the Volume Down button.
  4. Unlock your bootloader.
    1. Run the command fastboot flashing unlock
    2. Use the Volume Down button to go to the YES option and press the Power button to confirm
    3. While your Essential Phone is rebooting, press and hold the Volume Down button to return to Fastboot mode.
  5. Flash your factory image.
    1. Unzip the previously-downloaded factory image and go to where you unzipped the files.
    2. On Windows, run the command flashall.bat
    3. On Linux and MacOS X, run the command flashall.sh
  6. Relock your bootloader
    1. You don’t have to re-lock your bootloader, though doing so improves security.
    2. Run the command fastboot flashing lock
    3. Go back to Fastboot mode and run the command fastboot flashing lock_critical

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The twilight back of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Keep in mind that you must have released at least one app on the Google Play Store and use a Huawei Mate 20 Pro to qualify. Also, your Huawei ID must be registered with the same email address used for your Google Play Store developer account.

Finally, the beta is available from tomorrow, May 8 through June 30. After registration, the first version of Android Q beta 3 will be pushed out this Saturday, May 11. Following versions will be pushed out every Tuesday and Thursday.

You can go here to learn more about possible restrictions.

  1. Open this link on your Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
  2. Download and install the Beta app from the aforementioned link.
  3. Log in to the app with a Huawei ID registered with the Google Play Developer account’s email.
  4. Sign up for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro Developer project.

LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ Review display

Before installing Android Q beta 3, LG advises device owners to do a factory reset of their devices. Also, known issues include the camera with limited functionality, SD cards over 32GB not being recognized, Wi-Fi hotspot not working, voice calls over a Bluetooth headset not working, and some apps on the Google Play Store not working due to Q-OS compatibility issues.

Finally, you’ll have to use LG Beta Downloader every time there’s an update.

  1. Download and install LG Beta Downloader v1.0 or later (only works on Windows).
  2. Start LG Beta Downloader and follow the displayed instructions.

Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 screen.

Note that the beta only supports models TA-1119, TA-1121, and TA-1128 and associated 00WW images. Also, you must go here to sign up for a Nokia account and add the Nokia 8.1 to your account. From there, you can request Android Q beta 3 for your device.

Nokia is cagey on exact instructions, so make sure to have a compatible Nokia 8.1 device and follow the on-screen instructions.

OnePlus 6/6T

Even though the OnePlus 7 series also supports Android Q beta 3, the phones aren’t out yet. We’ll update this section with any new steps once the OnePlus 7 phones launch.

  1. Download the latest ROM upgrade zip package from the specified server, which you’ll find below.
    1. OnePlus 6
    2. OnePlus 6T
  2. Copy the Rollback package to the phone storage.
  3. Go to Settings -> System -> System Updates.
  4. Tap the top right icon, then tap Local upgrade.
  5. Tap on the corresponding installation upgrade, then tap Upgrade -> System upgrade completed to 100%.
  6. After the upgrade is complete, tap Restart.
  7. Your phone will reboot into recovery mode to format user data, then reboot again after updating.

Oppo Reno

Oppo Reno Hands On rear glass panel

Oppo hasn’t yet posted instructions on how to get Android Q beta 3 for the Oppo Reno. We’ll update this section once that changes.

Realme 3 Pro

Realme 3 Pro back of the phone

Realme hasn’t yet posted instructions on how to get Android Q beta 3 for the Realme 3 Pro. We’ll update this section once that changes.

Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony notes that only versions H8416, H9436, and H9493 of the Xperia XZ3 support Android Q beta 3. Also, Sony advises that device owners factory reset their devices before flashing the software.

  1. Go here to download the latest version of the Xperia Companion app on your PC.
  2. Start the Xperia Companion app.
  3. Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and click on Software Repair on the homescreen.
  4. Tick the checkbox My device cannot be detected or started, then click Next.
  5. Wait for the initialization to complete, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Every subsequent software update for Android Q will be an OTA update. As such, you don’t have to use the Xperia Companion app unless you want to return to factory settings.

Tecno Spark 3 Pro

Press render of the Tecno Spark 3 Pro.

Tecno hasn’t yet posted instructions on how to get Android Q beta 3 for the Spark 3 Pro. We’ll update this section once that changes.

Vivo X27

Press render of the Vivo X27.

Vivo notes that the first version will be released this month, with the second version releasing in early July. Once Android Q is available to the public, Vivo will no longer release beta updates.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Vivo X27.
  2. Copy the firmware package to the root directory of the Vivo X27’s storage.
  3. Tap on the software package, then select Start Upgrade when prompted.

Vivo Nex S

Vivo Nex

As previously mentioned, there will be an update in early July. Vivo will end the beta program once Android Q is publicly available.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Vivo Nex S.
  2. Copy the firmware package to the root directory of the Vivo X27’s storage.
  3. Tap on the software package, then select Start Upgrade when prompted.

Vivo Nex A

As previously mentioned, there will be an update in early July. Vivo will end the beta program once Android Q is publicly available.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Vivo Nex A.
  2. Copy the firmware package to the root directory of the Vivo X27’s storage.
  3. Tap on the software package, then select Start Upgrade when prompted.

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 hero shot

Xiaomi notes that there are seven known issues with Android Q beta 3 for the Mi 9. You can read the known issues below.

  • Alarm does not ring when the device is switched off.
  • Device restarts after user selects wireless projection device in the Wireless display.
  • Settings app stops running after user deactivates shortcut to mute device.
  • Settings app stops running when Gesture is selected in Settings.
  • File app stops running after refresh.
  • Unable to switch screen color in Settings.
  • Unable to add a fingerprint.

Also, you must opt-in through the fastboot method that’s listed in the steps below.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Xiaomi Mi 9.
  2. Download the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool.
  3. Unlock your device.
  4. Turn off your Mi 9.
  5. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons to enter Fastboot mode.
  6. Connect the Mi 9 to your PC.
  7. Double-click the downloaded firmware to decompress it.
  8. Open the file folder for the decompressed firmware and copy its path on the PC.
  9. Once the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool is installed, open MiFlash.exe and paste it into the address bar the firmware file folder path copied in the previous step.
  10. Click the first button (circled out in yellow) to refresh.
  11. Click the second button (circled out in red) to flash the firmware to your Mi 9.

If these steps don’t help you, you can download the Mi PC Suite. From there, put your Mi 9 in Fastboot mode, connect the phone to your PC, and select the firmware.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G logo

Xiaomi notes that there are seven known issues with Android Q beta 3 for the Mi Mix 3 5G. You can read the known issues below.

  • Alarm does not ring when the device is switched off.
  • Device restarts after user selects wireless projection device in the Wireless display.
  • Default print service stops after device connects to Wi-Fi to print photos from gallery.
  • Settings app stops running after user deactivates shortcut to mute device.
  • Settings app stops running after user selects “Gestures”.
  • File app stops running after refresh.
  • Unable to switch color in settings.
  • Settings app crashes after Automatic brightness is selected.

Also, you must opt-in through the fastboot method that’s listed in the steps below.

  1. Download the Android Q beta firmware for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.
  2. Download the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool.
  3. Unlock your device.
  4. Turn off your Mi Mix 3 5G.
  5. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons to enter Fastboot mode.
  6. Connect the Mi Mix 3 5G to your PC.
  7. Double-click the downloaded firmware to decompress it.
  8. Open the file folder for the decompressed firmware and copy its path on the PC.
  9. Once the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool is installed, open MiFlash.exe and paste it into the address bar the firmware file folder path copied in the previous step.
  10. Click the first button (circled out in yellow) to refresh.
  11. Click the second button (circled out in red) to flash the firmware to your Mi Mix 3 5G.

If these steps don’t help you, you can download the Mi PC Suite. From there, put your Mi Mix 3 5G in Fastboot mode, connect the phone to your PC, and select the firmware.


And that’s it! Let us know in the comments if you have any of the devices listed here and plan to install Android Q beta 3.