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Xiaomi’s 100-Hardware-Companies Strategy

This July Xiaomi launched a connected wristband, which was manufactured by Huami Technology (our translation). Being sold on Xiaomi’s online store and their official store on Alibaba’s Tmall, the wristband achieved a million shipments four months after launch, and claims it has the largest market share in its category. Its functions and features are similar to most activity […]

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Xiaomi To Invest Millions USD in Video Site Youku Tudou

Chinese smart hardware and internet service provider Xiaomi revealed further details for its ambitious US$1 billion digital content plan released last week. The burgeoning startup announced a strategic partnership with Youku Todou, one of China’s largest internet companies. It plans to acquire the latter’s circulating shares with eight-digit US dollar investment for the development of a multi-screen media and entertainment […]

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Xiaomi’s US$1B for Digital Content, Poaches Online Media Guru Chen Tong [Updated]

“Content is king”, as they say, and even hardware manufacturers want in on it. Xiaomi, the Chinese smart hardware and internet service provider, announced this afternoon that it is allocating US$1 billion to digital content, especially online videos for the Xiaomi Smart TV and set-top box. The company has hired Chen Tong, editor-in-chief of Sina since […]

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Qihoo 360 Forms JV with Chinese Smartphone Maker Coolpad

Qihoo 360 (NYSE:QIHU) today announced a joint venture with Chinese phone maker Coolpad (HK:02369). Qihoo has invested US$409.05 million for a 45% stake in the mobile manufacturer. Smartphones shipped by the JV will be under brand Dazen, a sub-brand of Coolpad. Qihoo 360’s mobile services, including security, app store and mobile search, will become the default options onthe  full […]

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Xiaomi Launches Tablet and the Second-gen Smart TV

Chinese smart device maker Xiaomi finally launches a tablet today. We heard of the existence of it last year and thought it would come out soon as the company began testing a custom Android system earlier this year. Specs: Processor: TEGRA K1 (192-core GPU) Screen:7.9‑inch retina display (by Sharp/AUO) Cameras: 5MP front-facing camera (OmniVision) & 8MP […]

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Riding the Internet-of-Things Trends, Solution Providers Emerge in China

We’ve previously written about smart hardware platforms in China, most of which come from the big Chinese internet companies. They all want the newly emerging smart gadgets and home appliances to be compatible with their platform – for instance, WeChat, the leading Chinese mobile messaging app, has released an API for connected hardware that enables users to […]

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Facebook Mark Zuckerberg on Why He Learns Chinese

Mark Zuckerberg showed up in Beijing this week. As one of the new members of the advisory board of Tsinghua University business school, he attended a meetup with Tsinghua students yesterday evening. Speaking Chinese through the whole event, Zuckerberg explained why he has learned the language: His wife is Chinese. Her family speak Chinese and […]

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Will Hardware Craze Boom or Bust?

Hardware is all the rage this year. Internet giants are vying to keep ahead in the sector by acquiring hardware startups, rolling out home-grown products or supporting programs. Google closed a massive US$3.2 billion purchase of connected device company Nest Labs while Facebook acquired virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR for US$2 billion, to name only two. The […]

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