Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker and mobile service provider, released “Xiaomi System” today. It’s an updated version of Xiaomi Desktop, an Android launcher that was launched almost two years ago — btw, in China Android launcher  is named “desktop” in Chinese by almost all launcher developers.

Xiaomi System, apart from the features with the old launcher, has more tools for contacts, SMS and direct dial. Sounds familiar? If so, you must have come across services by GO Launcher or other Chinese Android launchers.

GO Series, an Android launcher and a whole lot of accompanying apps/services by Sungy Mobile, has taught a lesson to many Chinese companies including Xiaomi. As I wrote before, there are always some Chinese Internet companies like Xiaomi that want control over access to the Internet, or more recently the mobile Internet.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com