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.
Times of India — HYDERABAD: Chinese tech startup Xiaomi Corporation on Friday announced that it expects to launch its ‘Mi Box’, that converts a TV into a smart device, in India by the end of this year following which it will also roll out its ‘Mi TV’. “Our focus is not just phones but also on introducing new categories in India…something around TV and the routers etc.
China Tech News — Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi signed a licensing deal this week with U.S.-based WhiteCryption to protect Xiaomi’s mobile application and data services. This agreement extends Xiaomi’s relationship with Intertrust Technologies Corporation, which owns WhiteCryption. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.
Want China Times — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s online store in Brazil was overloaded on Tuesday, the first day its products were put on sale, due to a rush of customers. Xiaomi’s star model Redmi 2 was officially put on sale for the Brazilian market on its online store at 12:00am local time Tuesday. The first batch of smartphones were only for consumers with reservations, but the number of buyers trying to visit the website increased so fast that the online store was immediately overloaded. It returned to normal after an hour and a half.
Want China Times — Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, will assemble smartphones in India for Chinese brand Xiaomi, according to a report posted Wednesday by India’s technology website TeleAnalysis. The report cited an unnamed official from Sri city as saying that since early June, Foxconn, known in Taiwan as Hon Hai Group, has been moving production facilities from its plant in Chennai to a new base located in Sri city,
Want China Times — Xiaomi recently announced that it sold 34.70 million smartphones in the first six months of this year, up 33% from the same period of last year and ranking No. 1 in China for the fifth consecutive sales season, according to Sina’s tech news portal. Despite the success, there are still doubts about the prospects for the smartphone maker.
Digi Times — China-based vendor Xiaomi Technology will soon its launch entry-level Hong Mi (Red Rice) 2 smartphone in the Brazil market and Taiwan-based vendor Asustek Computer will also launch its ZenFone 2 smartphone in the market in August, with the two models under production by a factory set up there by Taiwan-based EMS provider Foxconn Electronics, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
India Times — As we draw June to a close, a new report from a reliable supply chain source is suggesting that Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi could be looking to ship nearly 35 million smartphones by the end of the first half of 2015, which is roughly in a few days from now. This doesn’t surprise us one bit, given the frequency at which Xiaomi’s devices are sold in India and elsewhere.
Want China Times — With the domestic market increasingly saturated, Chinese handset makers have turned their focus on India with its similarly huge population but it has proved a tough market to crack, according to a technology blog on web portal Sina. Although brands including ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi have successfully snatched up the medium and low-end market in China from HTC and Samsung, they face tough home-grown rivals in India.
Times Of India — NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: An old Pepsi building in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh will soon start humming with activity again. That’s where Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, will make phones for Chinese brand Xiaomi. Foxconn had begun work on the site across from the Tamil Nadu border two months after shutting down the third and last of its plants in that state in February. The Sri City unit won’t be too big — it will make about 10,000 phones a day — but Foxconn has ambitious plans for India that could eventually make the country a key manufacturing base for the company, comparable with China.
NEW DELHI: Xiaomi announced a drop of Rs 5,000 on its top-of-the-line Mi 4 smartphone on June 19, four months after its launch. Not to be outdone, Samsung offered a discount of Rs 6,000 on its Galaxy Grand Max but just for one day. These dramatic cuts reflect the intensity of the fight for buyers and the volatile nature of the Indian market, the world’s largest after China. Samsung and Micromax are the top two smartphone sellers in India with a combined share of 48%, although it’s not always clear which one of the two is ahead. But even more hotly contested are the next three slots.
Lei Jun, CEO of China’s leading smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, said the Internet Plus concept proposed by Premier Li Keqiang in March will lead to a new Made-in-China movement that will sweep all industries, especially manufacturing, in ten years, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald. The concept of Internet Plus is not new to Xiaomi. The company has applied it to different sectors, such as TV and e-commerce.
NEW DELHI: Chinese device maker Xiaomi has announced a price cut for the 64GB variant of its Mi 4 smartphone. The company which had announced a Rs 2,000 price cut in April has now decided to reduce it further by another Rs 2,000. The Mi 4 64GB is now available at Rs 19,999. The phone was originally launched in February at Rs 23,999. The 16GB variant is available at Rs 17,999. Successor to the Xiaomi Mi 3, the phone features a stainless steel metal frame and a 5-inch full HD display made by Sharp or JDI. It also has changeable plastic back covers.
Chinese tech company Xiaomi on Wednesday announced investment of US$1 billion to build up business in online video. The move comes as tech giants around the globe scramble to expand their video business, seen as a vital driving force in cyber connectivity. Lei Jun, CEO of the smartphone manufacturer, said Xiaomi would form an association with video-sharing websites and film makers, but the company would not make content itself.
NEW DELHI: Xiaomi has secured second rank in the global wearables market both in terms of shipments and market share, according to an IDC report. The Chinese brand, which is preceded by Fitbit at the top spot, has taken just over a year to get to the second spot. The Mi band priced at Rs 999 hit the market in China in August 2014 before expanding to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and finally India in April 2015. Xiaomi had partnered with Huami Technologies — another startup — to bring the Mi band to the market.
NEW DELHI: Details of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 5 smartphones have leaked online once again, giving a glimpse of what to expect from the new model. The leak, which comes courtesy technology website Mobile-Dad.com, says that the handset will be launched in November and run on the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Compared to the Mi 4 smartphone, Xiaomi Mi 5 screen will be larger: 5.5-inch. The smartphone will also receive a resolution bump 1440x2560p from Mi 4’s 1080x1920p.
Xiaomi Technology expects its revenues from cloud storage services in 2015 to hike on year by 4-5 fold, according to company chairman and founder Lei Jun speaking at the Global Big Data Era Guiyang Summit 2015 in Guiyang, southwestern China. In order to meet Big Data demand from users of its smartphones and other smart devices, Xiaomi has invested US$1 billion to develop cloud storage services through cooperation with China-based software developer Kingsoft and began to provide the services in 2014, Lei said.
Xiaomi, a 5-year-old upstart, whose tablets and smartphones have enjoyed remarkable sales in China, is now setting shop in Europe and the U.S.; however, smartphones and tablets will not be featured in the company’s European and U.S. markets. Xiaomi plans to launch an online platform for U.S. consumers this coming Monday evening. Through this online marketplace, consumers will enjoy a variety of accessories that include portable battery backs, headphones, and activity trackers. Later on Tuesday, Xiaomi will also hit the ground running in France, Germany and the U.K., according to Billboard.