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Xiaomi plans to invest $1.5 billion over the next five years to grow its AI-powered smart home ecosystem

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.   Chinese technology company Xiaomi is planning to spend about $1.5 billion over the next five years to grow its AI-powered smart home ecosystem, CEO Lei Jun  announced  last week. The company, which is best known for low-priced smartphones, is looking to build on its existing AI capabilities and use a range of first...
Tags: China, Trends, Xiaomi, Ikea, Lei Jun, Tcl, Xiao, Business Insider Intelligence


We compared Apple's $159 AirPods to Xiaomi's $30 AirDots and the winner was clear

Apple AirPods have a low-price competitor: Xiaomi came out with $30 knockoffs called AirDots that are currently only available in China.  We tried the AirDots to see how they compared against Apple's $159 AirPods. Watch the video above to find out if AirPods are worth the cost or if AirDots provide the same quality wireless headphones for a fraction of the price. These are AirPods, Apple's $159 wireless headphones and these are AirDots, Xiaomi's $30 wireless headphones. Xiaomi has long been re...
Tags: Apple, China, New York City, Trends, Siri, Xiaomi, AirPods Apple, AirDots Xiaomi


Daily Crunch: Twitter’s new app for testing new features

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. A first look at Twitter’s new beta app and its bid to remain ‘valuable and relevant’ In the coming weeks, Twitter’s going to launch a new beta program, where a select group of users will get access to new features, by way of a standalone app, and a way discuss new features with others. Twitter will then ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Twitter, Hong Kong, China, India, Samsung, Tech, Spain, Xiaomi, Index Ventures, Mainland China, US UK, Ingrid Lunden, Mike Volpi, Wiliot


Samsung is prepping M-series budget phones to battle its Chinese rivals in India

After playing second fiddle to Chinese rival Xiaomi in India’s burgeoning smartphone market in 2018, Samsung is set to fight back with a new line of budget-friendly handsets. The company will introduce a new M-series of phones on January 28 in India. The company said it’ll launch these devices in India first, and then roll them out globally. In a press release, it added that it’s partnering with Amazon for online sales in the country. The move should see Samsung better poised to compete with maj...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, India, Samsung, Xiaomi, Insider, Xiaomi Vivo, Plugged, Oppo Samsung India


Samsung’s new Galaxy M smartphones will launch in India first

Samsung will launch its new lower-priced Galaxy M series in India before the smartphones roll out globally. Asim Warsi, senior vice president of Samsung India’s smartphone business, told Reuters that three devices will be available through its website and Amazon India at the end of January and are intended to help the company double online sales. Samsung is currently trying to recover its lead in India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market behind China, after losing it to Xiaomi at the e...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Mobile, China, India, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Smartphones, Xiaomi, Samsung Electronics, New Delhi, Amazon India, Geekbench, Reuters, Noida


Apple HomePod comes to China at $400 amid iPhone sales woes

Apple is finally launching HomePod in China, but the timing is tricky as the premium device will have to wrestle with local competitors and a slowing economy. The firm said over the weekend that its smart speaker will be available in Mainland China and Hong Kong starting January 18, adding to a list of countries where it has entered including US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. The Amazon Echo competitor, which launched in mid-2017, is already available to Chinese...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Amazon, Asia, Hong Kong, Hardware, China, Siri, Tech, Spain, Artificial Intelligence, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, Baidu


Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

Samsung plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi in the world's second-biggest mobile phone market.
Tags: Money, India, Samsung, businessNews, Xiaomi


Xiaomi announces Android Pie Beta testing for Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 6 Pro and more

Xiaomi has a good reputation when it comes to providing software (MIUI) support to devices, but the story changes when it comes to providing Android updates. Xiaomi hadn't updated their 2016 bestseller Redmi Note 3 (codename Kenzo) to Android Nougat which was released by tech-giant Google 5-6 months after the launch of the Redmi Note 3 and the similar story goes for 2017 bestseller Redmi Note 4 (codename Mido), but now Xiaomi seems to be changing their strategy regarding Android updates.  Xia...
Tags: Google, Android, News, China, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Redmi, Mido, Kenzo, MIUI China Beta ROM, Pro Redmi


Xiaomi begins MIUI 11 development, says it will be new and unique

Xiaomi introduced MIUI 10 at its Mi 8 launch event back in May last year in China. Yesterday, at its Annual Meeting for MIUI division to discuss the past year and future development, the company said that it has started the development of MIUI 11. This was confirmed by Liu Ming, head of the product planning department. At the event he said that the MIUI 11 will be a 'new and unique OS'. MIUI 10 brought full-screen hand gestures and improved recent menu to take advantage of the full-screen bez...
Tags: News, China, Blogging, Xiaomi, MIUI, MIUI 11, MIUI 11 update, Liu Ming


Xiaomi’s five-year plan is a $1.5 billion bet on smart homes

Xiaomi, the Chinese company best known for budget phones, is betting big on a future of connected homes. It plans to plough at least 100 billion yuan, or $1.48 billion, into the so-called “AIoT” sector over the next five years, founder and chief operating office Lei Jun announced on Friday. AIoT, short for “AI + IoT,” is an upgrade from devices connected to the internet, known as the Internet of Things. AIoTs are intelligent, run on automated systems and can learn from users’ habits, like ...
Tags: Asia, Hardware, China, Funding, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Xiaomi, Ikea, Baidu, Huawei, Operating System, Lei Jun, Smart Devices, Voice Assistant, Lei


Xiaomi Redmi 6 64GB gets a price cut, 32GB version back to original price in India

After announcing price cuts for Mi A2, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Y2 and Redmi 6 Pro smartphones, Xiaomi has announced a price cut for Redmi 6 smartphone in India. The 3GB+32GB version is back to the original price of Rs. 7999, after a price hike by Rs. 500. The 64GB storage version that was launched for Rs. 9499 has received a Rs. 500 price cut and is available for Rs. 8999. It is available at new rates on Flipkart, Mi.com and offline stores. To remind you, it has 5.45-inch HD+ display 18:9 asp...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Redmi, Xiaomi Redmi, MediaTek Helio, Xiaomi Redmi 6, Xiaomi Redmi 6 price cut, Xiaomi Redmi 6 price cut India


Xiaomi Redmi 6A will go on open sale in India from today midnight

Xiaomi launched the Redmi 6A, successor of last year’s Redmi 5A in India back in September, however the phone was only available through weekly sales. Today the company has announced that it will go on open sale through Amazon.in and Mi.com starting today midnight. The phone got a price hike, but it came back to original price last month and now starts at Rs. 5999 Here goes. #Redmi6A is India's bestselling smartphone since its launch as per @IDC. And to celebrate this BIG news, we've somethin...
Tags: Amazon, News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Redmi, Naya, MediaTek Helio, Desh, Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Redmi India, Xiaomi Redmi 6A open sale


Lyft partners with Segway to deploy more durable scooters

Lyft is gearing up to roll out its next generation of shared scooters in partnership with Segway Ninebot. This comes on the heels of Segway Ninebot’s announcement of its newest scooter, the Model Max. The Model Max was designed with the realization that wear and tear is a major issue for shared electric scooter services in mind. It’s supposed to be stronger, have a better rider experience and more operational efficiency, with a battery that can last 37.5 miles on a single charge, compared ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Hardware, Tech, Ford, Xiaomi, Segway, Electric, Ninebot, Electric Scooters, Max, Lime, Denver Colo, Eyler, U S Lyft


FOMO killer: Developments at Amazon, OnePlus, WhatsApp, Yatra and more

Payments Amazon may soon be able to issue its own UPI handles in partnership with Axis Bank, as the company is reportedly testing the product with a closed user group, according to the Economic Times. It currently accepts UPI payments but cannot issue its own handles. Amazon’s plans to launch... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, Whatsapp, Drones, Property, Xiaomi, Mergers & Acquisitions, Content, Automobiles, Oneplus, UPI, Mapmyindia, Karnataka, Axis Bank, Economic Times


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with 6.3-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM, 48MP rear camera announced

Xiaomi just announced Redmi Note 7, the company's latest mid-range smartphone under the new 'Redmi by Xiaomi' brand in China, as it had promised. The phone packs a 6.3-inch Full HD+ waterdrop notch display with 1.95mm narrow bezels, is powered by Snapdragon 660 with up to 6GB of RAM, runs Android Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The main highlight of the smartphone is its 48-megapixel rear camera with 1/2" Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor, f/1.8 aperture with four-in-one pixel binning to make an 12MP...
Tags: News, China, Samsung, Blogging, Xiaomi, Gpu, Octa, MIUI, Redmi Note, Qualcomm Quick Charge, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 price


Avec AirDots Pro Xiaomi Clone les AirPods pour 60 $ (video)

Après Huawei qui l’année dernière était le premier fabricant chinois de renom à commercialiser un clone des AirPods, c’est au tour de son challenger Xiaomi d’en faire autant avec sa dernière génération d’ AirDots Pro. Copie intra-auriculaire des AirPods C’est au salon de l’électronique grand public – le bien nommé CES – qui se tient actuellement à Las Vegas aux États-Unis que le numéro un chinois des smartphones en a profité pour présenter sa nouvelle génération d’écouteurs sans fil – Bluetooth ...
Tags: Iphone, Seo, Xiaomi, Las Vegas, Clones, Contrefacons, AirPods


Xiaomi reignites the megapixel wars with its 48MP Redmi Note 7

It feels like we’re back in 2012 with phone makers battling each other over megapixel counts. Weeks after Honor announced its ambitious View20 with a 48-megapixel dual camera, Xiaomi today announced the Redmi Note 7 with a similarly specced shooter. This is the first phone under the company’s new Redmi sub-brand that was announced last week. The rest of the Note 7’s specifications of the phone give us an idea of what we can expect from mid-range phones in 2019: Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660...
Tags: Startups, Xiaomi, Insider, Plugged


Xiaomi Mi Soundbar First Impressions

It's been a long time coming and it's finally here. A solution to crappy built-in speakers on any kind of TV. With 8 distinct speaker units, the Mi Soundbar offers the much-needed high quality audio experience for your living room. It looks good, feels good and is both powerful and rich when it comes to producing sounds. At a price of Rs. 4,999, it might be one of the best value for money sound bars available in the market, so what is it like? The design of the Mi Soundbar is tastefully d...
Tags: Accessories, Headlines, Blogging, Previews, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi Soundbar, Xiaomi Mi Soundbar First Impressions


Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55 First Impressions

It's almost an year since Xiaomi launched its first set of Mi TVs in India and one can say they've had a good run, if not great. While there was only one 4K Mi TV at launch, the rest of 2018 saw Mi TVs hitting different price points with full HD and HD ready panels starting at a really low price of Rs. 14,999. This definitely helped push more sales but the flagship Mi TV, which launched at Rs. 39,999, a stunning price at that time, became Rs. 49,999 when it got upgraded to the Mi TV Pro. This ...
Tags: Google, Android, Headlines, India, Blogging, Previews, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Mi, PatchWall, Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55 First Impressions, Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55 Impressions


Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A PRO 43″ 1080p and Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55″ 4K HDR TV launched in India starting at Rs. 22999

Xiaomi today launched its new Mi LED TV 4A PRO 43" 1080p Smart TV and it top-end Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55" 4K TV with support for 10-bit colour depth, and HDR10 in India. Both have 20W stereo speakers, metallic grey finish and Bluetooth remote, which features a built-in microphone, allows for easy control with the addition of Google Voice Search. It has PatchWall with Android TV based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) and comes with Play Store, support for Chromecast and offers content from 14 different partn...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Mali, Hdr, Arc, Xiaomi Mi, Amlogic Cortex, Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A PRO 43, Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55, Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X PRO 55 India, Google Voice Search It, Hotstar Hungama Sony, Epic ON Xiaomi Mi LED TV, Amlogic Cortex A53


Xiaomi Mi Soundbar with 8 sound drivers launched in India for Rs. 4999

Along with two new Mi TV models, Xiaomi also launched the Mi Soundbar in India. It has eight drivers, including two 20mm dome tweeters for the highs, two 2.5” woofers for the mids and four passive radiators for the lows and enhanced bass. In Addition to Bluetooth, it also has Line-In, AUX, Optical and S/PDIF input options. Xiaomi says that it just takes 30-second setup the soundbar. It has atylishly designed in a bar shape  with fabric mesh overlay. Xiaomi Mi Soundbar specifications S...
Tags: Accessories, News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Mi Home, Xiaomi Mi Soundbar, Xiaomi Mi Soundbar price, Xiaomi Mi Soundbar price India


Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro gets a price cut in India, now starts at Rs. 9999

After announcing price cuts for Mi A2, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Y2, Xiaomi today announced a price cut for the Redmi 6 Pro  smartphone for the first time since it was launched in September last year. The 3GB+32GB of the phone now costs Rs. 9999 and the 4GB+64GB is now available for Rs. 11,999, after a Rs. 1000 price cut. It is available at new rates on Amazon.in, Mi.com and offline stores. A special occasion calls for a special price. Get up to ₹1,500 off on #Redmi6Pro for the first time....
Tags: Amazon, News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Redmi, Xiaomi Redmi, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi India, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro price cut, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro price cut India


Lu Weibing appointed as president of Redmi and Xiaomi VP ahead of Redmi Note 7 event today

Xiaomi is all set to introduce its new Redmi smartphone at an event in China today in a couple of hours. Ahead of the launch, the company introduced the new Redmi by Xiaomi logo yesterday, today the company's has confirmed that the phone will be called the Redmi Note 7 and the CEO Lei Jun has announced the appointment of Lu Weibing as the president of the new Redmi brand and vice president of Xiaomi. Lu Weibing was the former president of Gionee and he stepped down  in 2017 and went on to...
Tags: News, China, Blogging, Xiaomi, Sony, Gionee, Redmi, Lu Weibing, Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi Lu Weibing


Three-Day Rout Wipes $6 Billion Off Xiaomi Stock

The stock fell 4.1 percent as of 10:18 a.m. in Hong Kong, taking its three-day decline to 18 percent, or $6.3 billion in market value. Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and China International Capital Corp. were the latest to cut their price targets on the Chinese smartphone maker, joining at least five others who have tempered their estimates just this week. A flurry of off-exchange block trades showed that some have taken the opportunity to offload the stock, even though Xiaomi is nowhere...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Xiaomi, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, China International Capital Corp


Xiaomi buys tiny share in Blackberry phone maker TCL to spur collaboration

Xiaomi has purchased a very small share in BlackBerry manufacturer TCL. According to sources, this purchase is part of an agreement that will see Xiaomi and TCL share research and development. The post appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Xiaomi, Tcl


What's moving markets today

Here's what investors are watching today, from the Dow to Xiaomi's plunge to Fed talks.
Tags: Cnn, Xiaomi, Fed


US-China trade talks; Xiaomi shares plunge; Fed minutes

Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day.
Tags: Cnn, Xiaomi, Fed, US China


Xiaomi Sinks After Billions of Shares Are Unlocked for Sale

It’s been painful: Xiaomi has dropped to HK$10.58 from a listing price of HK$17, falling another 4.7 percent by 1:17 p.m. local time. More than 3 billion shares were unlocked, equal to about 19 percent of those outstanding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The lockup period for controlling shareholders -- such as chairman and founder Lei Jun -- was extended Wednesday for another 365 days, Xiaomi said in a statement.
Tags: Science, Bloomberg, Xiaomi, Lei Jun


Xiaomi Redmi Y2 gets another price cut in India, now starts at Rs. 8999

After announcing price cuts for Mi A2 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones earlier this week, Xiaomi has announced second price cut for the Redmi Y2, selfie-focused smartphone in the country, after its first price cut in November this year. After Rs. 1000 price cut, the Redmi Y2 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version now costs Rs. 8999 and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version is available at Rs. 10,999. It is available at new rates on Amazon.in, Mi.com and offline stores. It's time for the 3rd #High5...
Tags: Amazon, News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Redmi, MIUI, Xiaomi Redmi Y2, Redmi India, Xiaomi Redmi Y2 price cut


Xiaomi Plunges After Billions of Shares Are Unlocked for Sale

It’s been painful: Xiaomi has dropped to HK$10.50 from a listing price of HK$17, sinking another 5.4 percent Wednesday in early trading. More than 3 billion shares were unlocked, equal to about 19 percent of those outstanding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The lockup period for controlling shareholders -- such as chairman and founder Lei Jun -- was extended Wednesday for another 365 days, Xiaomi said in a statement.
Tags: Science, Bloomberg, Xiaomi, Lei Jun