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Xiaomi Users Like History, iPhone Users Like Cars: What Your Smartphone Says About You

Brand is identity; from our sneakers to our coffee cup, we like to make sure our logos line up with our egos. And it’s especially true of the coveted digital sidekicks to China’s growing middle class; the smartphone. We know iPhones now outweigh other brands in China’s top tier cities, while Android still reigns dominant countrywide with homegrown startups like Xiaomi […]

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Baofeng Sets Up Smart TV Brand To Take On Xiaomi and LeTV

China’s online video service Baofeng has established a joint venture with domestic animation company Alpha Animation and Culture, consumer electronics manufacturer 3Nod and Ririshun, the logistics arm of home appliance giant Hair, to develop a homegrown Smart TV brand Baofeng TV. The joint venture will mean the acquisition of Haier’s smart TV affiliate Tongshuai Chuangzhijia. Under the deal, Baofeng will […]

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Avoid ‘Xiaomization’: Y Combinator, HAX Accelerators On Chinese Hardware

Hardware entrepreneurs should avoid what they call ‘Xiaomization’, said a panel on hardware startups including Y Combinator, HAX and early stage VC fund Yunqi Partners at TechCrunch Beijing this month.  “We call ‘Xiaomization’ the phenomenon of innovative products being commoditized.”said Benjamin Joffe, general partner at HAX. Xiaomi is famous in the Chinese market for producing a dizzying range […]

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China Now Exports Nearly 45% Of Asia’s High-Tech Goods

China’s share of Asia’s exports of high-tech goods has risen to 43.7 percent in 2014 from 9.4 percent in 2000, according to the 2015 Asian Economic Integration Report released by Asian Development Bank on Tuesday. Since 2000 China’s share in high-tech goods including consumer electronics, telecommunications equipment, medical and aircraft technology increased over 4.6 times. At […]

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China’s Budding Android Console Market Is Already Getting Very Crowded

In July this year China completely lifted a 15 -year-old ban on gaming consoles, and the country’s budding developers have already tapped into the fastest way to the market: Android-based consoles. Producing an Android-based solutions, similar to Ouya’s US$99 console, allows companies to enter the market without waiting to develop their own systems, while maximizing China’s powerful manufacturing capabilities […]

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Qualcomm Rallies With Further China Deals

Qualcomm Inc. has squared away another set of licensing agreements in China, sealing  3G and 4G patent deals with Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment Co. and appliance-maker Haier Group. The deals are a boost for Qualcomm in China, who have recently struggled to collect licensing fees in the country causing their stock to stumble in 2015. Qualcomm shares are […]

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China’s Smart Hardware Landscape 4: A Tough But Unavoidable Market

Smart gadgets, knockoffs or not, will inevitably sell well in China. JD.com, China’s leading online retailer and one of the largest smart hardware distributors, reported a total of 8.66 million units of smart hardware sold in 2014. Total orders saw a 280% year-over-year increase to 6.75 million. Mi Band, a Fitbit Flex-like activity tracker developed by a Xiaomi-funded startup, […]