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Inside Xiaomi’s everything store

Have you ever walked into a store, saw the products on display and thought you entered the wrong place? That’s what happened when I visited Xiaomi’s store at The Place in Beijing…. until it dawned on me: I was exactly where I meant to go. Sports shoes, toothbrushes, and mattresses are not the kind of […]

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The top 10 Android app stores in China in 2017

We’ve updated for 2018. Check out this year’s list here. While Apple continues to have their struggles in China, Android-powered smartphones are picking up the slack. Unfortunately, Google isn’t doing so well in China either. This means that if Android users want to download applications, they must rely on app stores operated by local players. The app […]

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Xiaomi Launches Mobile Payment Service Mi Pay

Mi Pay, the long-awaited mobile payment service from Xiaomi, will be available for all Xiaomi users from tomorrow (September 1st). Xiaomi registered a payment service company as early as in 2013, but only in January this year did the company obtain an official license by acquiring a controlling stake in local online payment services company Ruifutong. Like Apple […]

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Xiaomi Has Revealed Their VR Headset

China is obsessed with VR, and Xiaomi is not about to be left behind. The hardware giant revealed their first VR product on Thursday: a smartphone-enabled headset called Mi VR. True to Xiaomi style, the gadget is ridiculously cheap at 1 yuan a piece (about $0.20), but before you go scrounging through your spare change jar, […]

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Is Xiaomi Pivoting Away From Smartphones?

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun wanted to make one thing clear when he spoke at the Summer Davos event in Tianjin on Monday: “Xiaomi was never meant to be just a smartphone vendor.” The company, which rocketed to fame through mega-sales of budget smartphones, is now stepping back from its revenue-driving product, amid a stagnating smartphone market and […]

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Why QR codes trump NFC in China

Editor’s note: This was contributed by Tianyu M. Fang, a Boston-based freelance writer on Chinese tech and culture, and an independent researcher on US-China relations. Previously, he lived in Beijing, where he worked closely with China’s tech startup community.  Among the ten customers lining up inside a Starbucks store in Beijing, I seemed to be the only […]