Tech in Asia — Although we don’t have a total number for the entire country yet, it seems certain that yesterday was the biggest online shopping day in the history of the world. (If that sounds hyperbolic, go read about how much Alibaba sold). But what were people actually buying? Xiaomi stuff, apparently. Of course, people buy tons of things on Singles Day. But the Chinese smart hardware startup has announced that Xiaomi was the number one overall vendor on Alibaba’s Tmall platform for the third year straight.
Digi Times — China had 1.3 billion mobile communication service subscribers as of the end of September 2015, growing 0.28% sequentially and 2.14% on year. Of the subscribers, 427.41 million (32.88%) and 302.39 million (23.26%) used 3G and 4G services respectively, and 948.07 million (72.94%) were mobile Internet-access users, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
Digi Times — Shipments of smartphones in the China market grew 11.2% sequentially to 101.2 million units in the third quarter of 2015, buoyed by an increase of 59.8 million new subscribers for 3G/4G services in the quarter, according to Digitimes Research. Apple ranked as the largest smartphone vendor in China in the third quarter, followed by Huawei, Xiaomi Technology, Vivo and Samsung Electronics.
Tech in Asia — Has the magic finally worn off? Is Xiaomi suffering the effects of China’s economic slowdown? Call it what you will, but as we move into the final quarter of the year, things aren’t looking great for Xiaomi. The company appears to be on track to miss even the low end of its yearly smartphone sales goal.
Digi Times — China-based white-box smartphone vendors, under increasing competition from vendors including Huawei Device, Lenovo, Xiaomi Technology and Coolpad as well as Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, have reduced ex-factory quotes, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Quotes for a 5-inch white-box smartphone, for example, have reached as low as US$35, the sources said.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Xiaomi, China’s leading smartphone maker, plans to ramp up sales in India through its own e-commerce site, although it has no immediate plans to trim offerings with retail partners Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal, a top company executive told ET. “Xiaomi is keen to sell more products in India through Mi.com and grow its e-commerce business,” Manu Jain, India operations head, told ET.
Digi Times — China-based smartphone vendor Xiaomi reportedly is planning to launch a notebook in 2016 and is currently developing the device jointly with its ODM partners Inventec and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry). So far, the notebook’s mass production schedule has yet to be confirmed, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Want China Times — After entering emerging markets such as India and Brazil, leading Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is gunning for the African market as early as September, reports the Shanghai-based China Business News. Xiaomi reportedly will introduce the Xiaomi 2 and 4 smartphones to African counties, priced at US$160 and US$320, respectively.
Want China Times — The growth of leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been slowing down as the country’s smartphone market becomes saturated and domestic rivals Huawei, Meizu and Lenovo catch up with innovative models and diversified sales channels, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald. Xiaomi sold 34.7 million handsets in the first half of the year, 33% growth over the same period last year.
Chinese vendors tripled shipments year-on-year in the second quarter in the Indian market, indicating that low-cost vendors are posing a challenge to global players like Apple in a very price-sensitive market. The Chinese vendors have been successful by a combination of strategies, including online flash sales and by pushing low-cost 4G phones, priced at between US$100-150, a market that was unattended by Indian and global vendors, according to research firm IDC.
India Times — MUMBAI: Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc will unveil its first phone to be manufactured in India on Monday, as it looks to expand aggressively in the world’s third-largest smartphone market amid slowing growth in China. “Will be launching Xiaomi’s first India manufactured phone tomorrow in Vishakhapatnam,” N. Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of southern Andhra Pradesh state, tweeted late on Sunday.
Many Chinese smartphone makers have entered India or are set to make inroads there to take advantage of the country’s rapid growth in demand for smartphones and low labor costs. Leading Chinese mobile phone manufacturers Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and Coolpad have expanded into India, while Taiwanese Hon Hai Group, which operates many its factories in China churning out iPhones and iPads for Apple, and Shanghai HuaQin Telecom technology are planning to set up assembly lines in the country.
Want China Times — China’s leading smartphone maker Xiaomi is accelerating the development of mobile phone processors. It is also likely to roll out its own chips developed in house early next year, as it was just licensed by ARM, a world leader in microprocessor intellectual property, to access the full series of kernels for cell phone chips, reports Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald, citing remarks made August 4 by the secretary general of the Mobile Phone China Alliance.
Digi Times — Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Technology are expected to increase adoption of in-house-developed ARM-architecture application processors (APs) in their own-brand smartphones. Huawei’s subsidiary IC designer HiSilicon Technologies has improved its technological capability and Xiaomi has obtained licenses from China-based Leadcore Technology to develop own-use APs, according to Taiwan-based IC design houses.
Leading mobile phone chip suppliers have seen the impact of a price war that has led to consolidation in the sector, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. Taiwan-based chip designer MediaTek recorded a 13% year-on-year sales decline and a 49.2% drop in net profits when reporting its second-quarter results, while US-based Qualcomm saw sales and net profit drop 14% and 47%, respectively, during its fiscal third quarter, the paper said.
Digi Times — Xiaomi is engaged in the development of mobile processors based on the ARM chip architecture, and is expected to have the first in-house developed chips for handsets in early 2016, a 21st CenturyBusiness Herald report quoted sources from China’s handset industry as saying. Xiaomi has obtained the right to gain access to ARM processor technology, the report said. The report did not say specifically whether Xiaomi has an in-house chip design team.
Times of India — SHANGHAI: Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world’s biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday. Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9% market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release.
Tech In Asia — For years, China’s telecom industry has been dominated by the three state-owned giants: China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile. So there was a lot of excitement when, last year, it seemed like internet companies would be given the chance to run their own telecom networks. Granted, these new virtual telecom operators would still have lease network infrastructure from one of the “big three,” but many felt that it would still be good to get some new blood in the telecom industry – especially after Xiaomi became one of the companies granted a license.
The Star — BEIJING: Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc is strengthening its patents in preparation for its entry into the US market, head of international operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg Television, without offering a time table. The company has already encountered intellectual property hurdles in India, where a patent infringement complaint from telecom equipment giant Ericsson briefly halted sales of its handsets late last year.
Want China Times — China’s leading smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, has had nine patents related to its new smart vehicle venture published recently through China’s national patent system. The company has clarified that is aiming to develop the “internet of vehicles” but will not itself manufacture the vehicles, reports Beijing-based news agency Caixin Online.