Qihoo 360, the Chinese tech company known for its security brand, launched a Pressy clone at the beginning of this year, invested in and merged another Chinese clone later, and decided to give them away earlier this month.

Now the company wants to build an “open platform” for the physical button for Android devices. A software platform has just been announced that third-party developers will be enable to integrate their applications or new features for Qihoo’s Android buttons.

Xiaomi and Qihoo now are the two Chinese companies that are keen to explore the potential in the “smart” Android button, which hadn’t been heard of in China until the Pressy’s Kickstarter campaign. While Pressy claims it’s “almighty”, the Chinese clones now provide more than it in terms of both number of functions or features and creativity.

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Tracey Xiang

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