From VentureBeat: ProBeat: Google’s Wear OS needs a champion to take on Apple, Fitbit, and Xiaomi

Google rebranded Android Wear as Wear OS by Google yesterday. It’s a marketing change meant to signal the wearable operating system does not require Android (even though that hasn’t been the case in years), but it practically changes nothing. What Wear OS really needs is a champion that will not only showcase what the platform […]

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From BGR: Xiaomi could enter the US smartphone market before the end of 2018

Competition between Android smartphone makers is about to get even more heated in the United States as The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese vendor Xiaomi might begin selling phones in the US in 2018. Xiaomi has already moved into India, Southeast Asia, and even Spain in recent years, but the US would be a massive step.

“We’ve always been considering entering the U.S. market,� Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun reportedly said during China’s annual legislative session in Beijing. “We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.�

As the WSJ points out, Xiaomi already sells a variety of connected devices in the US, from Android TV set-top boxes and cameras to speakers and headphones, but the smartphone market is a different beast. Despite the market being so crowded, few brands aside from Samsung have managed to capture a substantial percentage of the market share, though fellow Chinese vendor ZTE has found some success, coming in fourth place in the US last year.

But the biggest hurdle for Xiaomi might end up being the US government. Huawei, another Chinese vendor, seemed poised earlier this year to partner with AT&T for the launch of its flagship Mate 10 Pro smartphone in the US, but the deal ended up falling through due to national security concerns.

Jun acknowledged that expansion overseas won’t be easy, and said that the company will spend time learning about local laws and regulations, as well as what customers want from a phone, in the coming months. And if you read our review of the Mi Mix 2 last fall, you’ll know why the addition of Xiaomi to the market could be so exciting.

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From VentureBeat: Xiaomi confirms it will enter U.S. smartphone market but still lacks a carrier partner

Sensing an opening, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi says it plans to enter the U.S. smartphone market in late 2018 or 2019. The news comes just several weeks after rival Huawei, which appeared to have a head start, had its hopes dashed when a partnership with AT&T was scuttled. While both companies said the parting was […]

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From VentureBeat: IDC: Wearables grew 7.7% in Q4 2017, Apple passes Xiaomi and Fitbit for first place

As demand for wearable electronics continues to grow, Apple has taken a decisive lead away from rivals Fitbit and Xiaomi, IDC reports today. Apple dominated the wearables market during 2017’s holiday quarter with a 21 percent market share and led the category for the year with a narrower but still solid 15.3 percent share. Apple’s […]

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