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Xiaomi goes into smart air-conditioning… again

Xiaomi recently announced that it aims to save us from the high temperatures with a new air-conditioner. The AC unit—made in cooperation with Chinese electric appliance manufacturer Changhong (长虹)—just passed the national quality certification test (in Chinese). This is the second time Xiaomi has made a foray into air conditioning, the first being marked by controversy. In […]

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Russia is now the new frontier for Chinese smartphone makers

Chinese smartphone brands are gaining momentum in their Russia expansion efforts, according to a research report from Counterpoint. As forerunners in this initiative, Xiaomi, which made its official debut in April this year after six months of operation through a distributor, is now the  fifth largest smartphone brand in Russia during Q3 this year, grew by 325% YoY. […]

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Beijing opens whole subway system to mobile phones

From now on, all Beijing subway lines will support NFC-enabled mobile phone entrance. The passengers no longer need to use public transport cards or tickets, and can just swipe their phone to enter the subway, Chinese media Beijing Youth Daily is reporting. Smartphones installed with NFC (near-field wireless communication) module can support the public transport […]

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Analyse Asia Podcast: Xiaomi (Part 2/2) – The Future Of Xiaomi

http://content.blubrry.com/analyseasia/Episode_130__The_Future_of_Xiaomi_with_Eva_Xiao.mp3 Eva Xiao from TechNode continued our discussion on Xiaomi, focusing on what kind of company Xiaomi truly is, and the current challenges they are facing to justify their US$45B valuation. We discussed the company’s recent failures to hit their 100 million smartphones target, their loss of smartphone market share, their failure to expand aggressively […]