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Xiaomi will release Mi Drone at awesome price

We knew it was coming, so it's not a total surprise. But, the very fact that Xiaomi -- best known for its phones -- is getting into the drone business is a bit of an eyebrow raiser. Today, the company revealed the Mi Drone, a 4K camera-wielding quadcopter that looks more than a little like DJI's Phantom series. The two Chinese firms are now technically rivals, of course, as more and more companies decide they want a slice of the (apparently booming) quadcopter business. No one was expecting Xiaomi to reinvent the wheel, but there was a good chance it'd be competitive on price: 2,999 yuan (about $460), which is considerably cheaper than even DJI's $799 Phantom 3 4K. "We want everyone to be able to afford good products. That was why I set up Xiaomi in the first place," CEO Lei Jun added. (more…)

Xiaomi rules with 1/4 mobile market share last month

Xiaomi is once again at the top of the Chinese smartphone market, knocking out fierce competition from the likes of honor, Huawei and LeEco for the number one spot in April. While the figures only represent one month of sales, this is the first time a Chinese smartphone company has captured 26% of the domestic market, demonstrating just how successful Chinese brands are becoming against the largest brands in the world. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun posted the information on Weibo, based on local research firm Sino’s monthly market analysis report. The data shows honor in second place with 15.7% of the market (with its parent company Huawei in fifth spot with just 8%), followed by LeEco in third with 10.5% and Apple in fourth spot with 8.2%. (more…)

Xiaomi sold 6 million smartphones during Diwali, generates over $1B in revenue

Xiaomi sells a lot of stuff - both in terms of variety and numbers. The sales during the Diwali celebration saw the company claim the #1 spot in several categories, including smartphones. It sold a total of 6 million smartphones on Amazon India and Flipkart. The Redmi 6A was the best-selling product across all categories and all Top 10 best-selling phones on Amazon were Xiaomis. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was the top smartphone on Flipkart. Xiaomi topped the sales charts in India in multiple categories Xiaomi's holiday sales also included 2.1 million accessories from the Mi...

Counterclockwise: the most successful mobile games of recent years

Mobile games have turned into a global phenomenon - or problem, depending on how you look at it. If you're looking to kill some time, mobile games offer a variety of fun activities, anytime, anywhere. If you're an employer or the parent of a student with homework... well, then it's a problem. We'll now have a look at the most popular games of recent years. Flappy Bird - 50+ million A game people loved to hate - so very simple, so very addictive, so very frustrating. All those mixed emotions pushed it to over 50 million downloads in less than a year after launch (May...

Retailer in India lists BlackBerry KEYone, price revealed

An online retailer in India has already listed the newly announced BlackBerry KEYone on its website, complete with the device's specifications and the full retail price. The BlackBerry KEYone is currently listed on for the Indian market and it will set you back 39,999 RS. That translates to about 599 USD. This listing also includes a 12-month India warranty for the black model. The site also lists what's included in the box. It comes with a USB-C cable, power brick, user manual, and, of course, a free pair of earbuds is always appreciated. The BlackBerry KEYone...