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OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi are phasing out 32-bit apps in their app stores

Intelligent Terminal Golden Seal Alliance (ITGSA), an alliance formed by Alibaba, Baidu, OPPO, Tencent, Vivo, and Xiaomi, announced on Thursday that it will push to drop support for 32-bit apps. The processing power of these apps is slower, older, and less secure, while newer 64-bit apps run faster and are the current mainstream choice for mobile devices. Beginning in April, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi app stores will cease supporting all 32-bit apps, except for gaming apps. Google Play dropped 32-bit apps last year, while Apple began phasing out 32-bit apps with the launch of iOS 11 in 2017. [ITGSA]

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Xiaomi plans to open 20,000 more offline shops in China in three years

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to open 20,000 more offline shops throughout China in the next three years, expanding its presence in lower-tier cities and towns, according to Lu Weibin, Xiaomi’s partner and vice president. Lu said new Xiaomi stores will be bigger and may sell Xiaomi’s electric vehicles (EVs) in the future. The company announced an EV subsidiary in March. [China Securities Journal, in Chinese]

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Auto chipmaker Black Sesame gets funding from Xiaomi

Black Sesame Technologies, a Chinese autonomous driving chip startup, has raised an undisclosed amount in two funding rounds led by an investment firm from Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Hubei Xiaomi Changjiang Industrial Investment Fund led the investment, in which Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, and automaker FAW participated. The company said it is valued at $2 billion. [Black Sesame statement, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi talks to FAW Group about potential auto partnership

Xiaomi is discussing a potential partnership with state-owned automaker FAW Group, according to a Sept. 11 statement from the Jilin provincial government. The Chinese smartphone giant recently launched an electric vehicle subsidiary. Xiaomi had reportedly talked about a partnership with at least two other automakers, including Great Wall Motor and JAC. But both those automakers denied the reports. [Jilin provincial government statement, in Chinese]