China Tech News — Chinese smartphone phone maker Xiaomi held a press conference in Beijing and announced that the company launched its new “ecological chain” brand Mijia. Lei Jun, chief executive officer of Xiaomi, explained that Mijia is the abbreviation of Xiaomi smart home in Mandarin Chinese, and it marks the realization of Xiaomi’s smart home strategy.
EE Times — MANILLA—MediaTek unveiled three systems-on-chip at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The SoCs are designed for wearable devices, smart home applications and Ultra-HD (4K) Blu-ray players. The MT2523 series, which is dedicated to smart watches and other wearables, is a system-in-package (SiP) that enables GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy and a MIPI-supported high-resolution mobile screen, according to the company.
ZDNet — Singapore’s largest telecommunications provider Singtel has announced that it is partnering with several manufacturers to launch products and solutions in the smart living sphere, including for home automation, health monitoring, and connected cars.
Cloud Wedge — In the United States, when you think of Lenovo, you typically think of desktop PCs and laptops. That may all change if Lenovo is able to capitalize on the tremendous growing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud. In China, Lenovo is one of the biggest all around electronics producers. Lenovo’s mobile lineup has proven to be a hit consumers from Asia; Lenovo mentions that it is looking to expand its mobile technology and IoT business outside of China.
PR Newswire — A new report published by Allied Market Research titled, “World Smart Home Appliances-Market Opportunities and Forecast, 2014-2020,” forecasts that the world smart home appliances market, would garner revenue of $38.35 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 16.6% during the forecast period of 2015-2020. However, Asia-Pacific region would emerge as a market leader by 2018. Wi-Fi, RFID and ZigBee are the most sought technologies in the smart home appliances market.
Deal Street Asia — Information technology firm Cube26 has raised an undisclosed amount in funding from venture capital firm Tiger Global Management, while online organic food brand Naturally Yours has received seed funding from serial entrepreneur and angel investor Sanjay Mehta. In a separate funding round, ZuperMeal has raised $2 million from celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Ravi Saxena, cofounder of kitchen appliance maker Wonderchef, and others.
Telecom Asia — The war for Internet of Things (IoT) supremacy may be only just beginning, but Samsung looks to have won the first Internet of Silly Things (IoST) battle. It was excited to announce that the next generation of the Samsung SmartThings Hub, a new lineup of products, and a brand-new SmartThings app experience is available today. But closer inspection of what is on offer is neither brand-new or particularly exciting.
China Tech News — British-based ARM has partnered with Chinese smart device firm Thundersoft to launch an Internet of Things accelerator in Beijing. The ARM Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator is an IoT one-stop shop for startups and OEMs in Beijing. The Beijing facility is the first of four planned and is aimed at further advancing China’s IoT industry. Financial terms of the arrangement were not released by either company.
Design World Online — GreenPeak Technologies announced that, as part of its ongoing expansion into international markets and following a period of significant growth in India, it opened a new office in Mumbai. GreenPeak has established the Indian office in response to the growing demand for its innovative RF chips for the operator/service provider and Smart Home market. GreenPeak’s Asia Pacific presence already includes offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Seoul.