Apple co-founder Wozniak about Xiaomi: they're good enough to break the US market
Putting Xiaomi next to Apple and Samsung may seem like a foolish thing to do. For most phone users in North America and Europe, Xiaomi doesn’t mean anything. It’s like it doesn’t even exist. Still, the company based in Beijing, China might become a threat to both Samsung and Apple, which are currently leading the global smartphone market.
A few days ago, we told you that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had visited Xiaomi’s headquarters for a semi-public tech chat, while ex-Googler Hugo Barra reported that Woz started using a high-end Xiaomi Mi-3 smartphone, and liked it. Hugo Barra, in case you didn’t know, is Xiaomi’s Vice President since last year.
Now, TechinAsia has more to report from that meeting. According to the website, Steve Wozniak said about Xiaomi that it “has excellent products” and “they’re good enough to break the American market.”
Xiaomi certainly has the resources to enter the US market. Lei Jun, the company’s Chairman and one of its co-founders, is currently among China’s more than one hundred billionaires. Asian media frequently calls Lei Jun “the Steve Jobs of China”, although he doesn’t like that. Xiaomi’s other co-founder, Lin Bin, was Vice President of Google China’s Engineering Research Institute prior to establishing the new business.
Sure enough, breaking the US market is difficult for any company. And perhaps Xiaomi doesn’t want to sell smartphones in North America at all. Even if it won’t, it still seems set to rapidly expand in Asia - and this alone may affect Samsung’s and Apple’s market share.
Xiaomi hopes to sell 40 million smartphones throughout 2014, thus doubling sales from last year. At the moment, the company is shipping its Android-based handsets only in China and several other South-Asian countries.
1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6260; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
U just gotta love this guy PRAISE WOZ
5. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
Well, I don't think he's playing with a full deck.
7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1338; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
How? They seem to be doing really well.
6. tedkord (Posts: 4511; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
He was the true brains behind Apple. He's earned the right to an opinion on tech.
8. androtaku (Posts: 168; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
where is his brain when apple was almost bankrupt in 1997?
it was jobs(that were invited back at 1997) who reorganized the company,slashes their mountain of debt down to zero and become one of the most successful company in the world today
i find offensive that people give all credit to someone who just in part of contribute the company with just 1 line of product (apple computer) that has nothing to do with Apple today success
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2295; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
They'll have to change their business model to release US devices, since they depend on doing it like Amazon, but their services will be useless here in the US. If we get Xiaomi devices, they will do like most device manufacturers and aim for a profit goal on the hardware instead of using it as a loss leader.
9. NIK01 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)
I own a MI-2s and a iPhone 5s, I prefer the xiaomi.