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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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Hugo Barra’s iPhone 6 double-talk just means Xiaomi is awesome

Hugo Barra’s iPhone 6 double-talk just means Xiaomi is awesome

Former Googler Hugo Barra is an interesting guy. Once charged with holding up impressive new hardware on stage for Google, he’s now a VP in a new country, with a new company, and seems to be on his heels more than he’s on his toes of late. This time, Barra took to the WSJ.D conference to share his feelings on everyone that isn’t Xiaomi. Though you can take his word a variety of ways, one thing is certain: Barra is saying what we’re all thinking.

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Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi global expansion: moving data centers out of China

Xiaomi is growing out of its shell. It has already started making some of its devices, unfortunately not always the latest ones, available in other countries, hoping to replicate the same wild success it enjoys in China. But in order to scale better to an international audience, especially as far as its services are concerned, the company is now also relocating some of its data away from Beijing and into other territories, some of them in the US. But is that really the only reason for this move?

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Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Competition sometimes drives people to go to the extremes or do things that don't easily make sense. Although Lenovo is now the top dog when it comes to the PC manufacturing business, as far as the specific subset of smartphones and Chinese market is concerned, it is far from wresting the crown from King Xiaomi. That is why, in addition to its own Lenovo line of smartphones and the Motorola name that it just bought in the US, the company is planning to start yet another mobile phone company under a different brand.

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Xiaomi, Ouya ink deal to bring Android games to China

Xiaomi, Ouya ink deal to bring Android games to China

Ouya, which is trying in earnest to make a home on your living room shelf, has inked a deal with Xiaomi to bring their software to the Chinese market. An agreement between the two was confirmed by Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman and Xiaomi executives. Though not a hardware distribution agreement, the deal will see the Ouya platform on various Xiaomi devices.

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Xiaomi tried to clone iMessage but screwed up badly

Xiaomi tried to clone iMessage but screwed up badly

On the face of it, Xiaomi's plan must've seemed a good idea: take a leaf from Apple's playbook and offer free messaging when users turned on its Android phones. Unfortunately, MIUI Cloud Messaging instead prompted accusations of data mining and intrusion into privacy, as new Xiaomi phones uploaded the contents of the phone book, numbers from received SMS messages, and the phone's own details to the company's servers, with no prior warning.

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Samsung beaten by Xiaomi in China for smartphone shipments

Samsung beaten by Xiaomi in China for smartphone shipments

This quarter appears to have been the haymaker for Xiaomi in China as, according to analysts at Canalys, the vendor tripled shipments in three months. What’s more, it would appear that Xiaomi has done what Apple - thus far - has been unable to do: they’ve out-shipped Samsung. Samsung’s shipments fell this quarter as well while Xiaomi, Lenovo, Yulong, and Huawei all grew.

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Which phones let me control any TV?

Which phones let me control any TV?

There’s no one phone that’s able to control every single television model in the universe - but there are several out there today that have big potential for chaos. While we don’t recommend going around changing channels on televisions that belong to high-powered businesses that’d rip your head of if you do, we do like the idea of changing the channel at a party if something less-than-pleasing pops up.

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