Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi might have the word “little” in its name, but the company is anything but tiny. According to IDC, it shipped 17.3 million devices in the three month period ending in October 2014, up 211 percent from the year prior. The company now sits behind Apple and Samsung, respectively, as the third biggest smartphone vendor when measured for device shipments.
Hugo Barra, a vice president of Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi, Inc. defended the company’s product designs after Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, accused the firm of “being lazy” and a design thief. Barra, who already responded to Ive’s comments Oct. 9 at a Vanity Fair conference, spoke out again since the issue is far from being settled. “Our designers, our engineers, are inspired by great products and great design out there. In today’s world, who isn’t?” Barra said at The Wall Street Journal’s Live technology conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Yes, Xiaomi does collect personal data from users in India and sends it to servers in China. That’s how it enables its users to exchange free messages on the cloud, via IP (internet protocol), rather than the SMS gateway of their telecom carriers. Cloud services also enable users to back up data and sync it across multiple devices – if they choose to use it.
Major China-based handset vendors including Coolpad, Lenovo and Xiaomi Technology are unlikely to reach their shipment goals set for 2014 due to slow sales of 4G models in the third quarter and gloomy prospects for the fourth quarter, according to Digitimes Research. The conclusion comes after Digitimes Research researchers and analysts made a visit to dozens of upstream and downstream makers in China’s handset supply chain during the August-September period.
MUMBAI – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data centre in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said last week saying it was migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.
NEW DELHI: Stressing that it does not collect any user data without permission, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today said it will engage with Indian authorities to address the concerns about security of user’s data. Last week, in an advisory, the Indian Air Force asked its personnel and their families to desist from using Chinese ‘Xiaomi Redmi 1s’ phones as these are believed to be transferring data to their servers in China and could be a security risk.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly issued an advisory asking its personnel and their families not to use Xiaomi smartphones on account of ‘spying’. It warns that the Chinese manufacturer transmits user data and information back to its headquarters in Beijing. Based on a test by security application manufacturer F-Secure, the IAF issued the alert saying Xiaomi phones port the phone number, carrier name, IMEI number (the device identifier), plus numbers in the address book and text messages to some suspicious IP address in Beijing.
Xiaomi, the Chinese mobile company that’s now China’s most valuable startup by a mile, announced another step in its plan for world domination today: its servers are going global. Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra announced the company’s plans via Facebook, and he says the server globalization will come in three phases:
Hugo Barra, global vice president of Xiaomi, recently issued a statement that claims Xiaomi is moving its international user data from servers in Beijing to U.S. and Singapore. This is reportedly a response to previous incidents which exposed that Xiaomi smartphones automatically returned global user data to Beijing servers. Chinese telecommunications regulations require Chinese companies to store domestic data on local Chinese servers.
Last week, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Apple’s new iPhone 6 models arrived in India. Everyone aspires to buy either of these premium phones, but not many can afford one, and hence, look forward to low-cost alternatives. The majority of Indian consumers are more interested in value-for-money, which is why several Indian and Chinese phone makers are challenging the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and LG in the sub-US$400 (INR25,000) category in India. They’re promising premium-feel phones for half the usual price tag.
China’s Huawei has today introduced a new budget smartphone, the Honor Holly, for Indian consumers. While the price is still under wraps, the smartphone will go on sale from October 16 in India first. The sub-INR7,000 (US$115) smartphone segment is rapidly turning into a fierce battleground. The Huawei Honor Holly looks to be a powerful yet affordable phone to compete with the new Android One family of devices along side the hot-selling Xiaomi Redmi 1s.
NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has appointed Jai Mani, a former Google executive, as lead product manager of India operations. In a Facebook post, the company’s vice president of international operations, Hugo Barra said that Mani has relocated from San Francisco to Bangalore. “One of the coolest things I could have wished for happened this past week, perfectly timed to my first “Asiaversary”,” Barra said in his post.
BEIJING: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi today refuted Apple’s allegation of stealing iPhone technology, saying one can only judge its products after using them. Responding to Apple’s design head Jony Ive’s accusation that Xiaomi has stolen iPhone technology, President Lin Bin said Ive should use a Xiamomi phone to know the difference between the two gadgets.
Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun is clearly on a roll. Two days ago, he shared that the company was on track to sell 60 million smartphones in 2014. Earlier today, he sent out a post on Weibo announcing the 4G-enabled Mi4 black variant is set for release on October 28 in China. Meanwhile the 64GB version of the 4G Mi4 is expected to hit in mid-November.
Red-hot Chinese startup Xiaomi has long since ventured out from its initially territory of smartphones, getting involved in everything from blood pressure monitors to game controllers – and that’s just in the past few weeks! But according to a Tencent Tech report , the company is also expanding into the world of GPS and mapping via a planned investment in Careland.
If you’re anxiously awaiting Xiaomi’s sales figures as the year comes to a close, Lei Jun will happily tease you. This morning, the CEO sent out a post on Weibo claiming that device shipments to Xiaomi’s warehouse increased 20 percent from the second to third quarter of this year. Xiaomi tells Tech in Asia that “device shipments” refers to assembled smartphones sent to the company’s warehouses in Beijing. For traditional smartphone brands like Samsung or HTC, those devices might collect dust in storage facilities or in retail outlets.
The company’s official social webpages (both Twitter and Facebook) have displayed a blurred Diwali greeting picture, with the date 8 October having a hidden message and a tag – “Tomorrow! Share?”, hinting a new device launch might take place on Tuesday. In the poster, we can cipher only the traditional Indian diya (mud-based oil lamp), while the message has been strategically faded to keep the suspense alive till the 8 October announcement. Many believe the company is more likely to launch the feature-rich Redmi Note first and then Xiaomi Mi4 later, possibly in a couple of months’ time.
After visiting China’s smartphone industry in August and September, Digitimes Research found that demand for 4G smartphones in China did not rise as expected and most vendors’ domestic shipments did not achieve any growth. Digitimes Research estimates that even if China’s top-three telecom carriers strengthen their promotions for the fourth quarter, vendors that focus mainly on domestic shipments such as CoolPad, Lenovo and Xiaomi, are still unlikely to achieve their shipment targets for 2014.
Despite having strong performance thanks to iPhone sales, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been aggressively helping its China-based smartphone clients such as Xiaomi, Meitu, Oppo and Meizu boost their sales and is looking to increase the revenue contribution from non-Apple players, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Since most of these vendors are mainly selling their smartphones domestically, helping them to sell their products to non-China markets has become a new business direction that Foxconn is looking to expand in the future, the sources noted.
BANGALORE: Chinese firm Xiaomi is stocking up on its smartphones in India in readiness for the festive season as it looks to gain ground in the world’s third largest smartphone market, a top executive said on Friday. International Vice President Hugo Barra said the company is now making provision to sell 100,000 phones a week in October, when India celebrates the festival of Diwali.