Hugo Barra: 9 out of 10 of the most used Android smartphones in China's Tencent are Xiaomi


Xiaomi continues to grow at unprecedented rates, becoming a dominant player in the Asian markets in only a few years.

The business plan was enticing enough that former Googler, Hugo Barra, left Mountain View in 2013 to make the move to Beijing and become Xiaomi’s Global vice-president.

Xiaomi now has some pretty cool bragging rights when it comes to Chinese social media, 9 of the top 10 most active Android devices on the Tencent microblogging service are made by the company. Number 10 is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Tencent (or Tencent Weibo as some refer to it), is basically a Chinese equivalent to Twitter, with many of the same features found on its western cousin. Given the hundreds of millions of users that utilize Tencent’s various communication products, it is pretty remarkable to see what the most active customers are using.

Such statistics certainly earn Xiaomi a tip of the hat for becoming such a pervasive brand in a large and wildly growing mobile market like China.

source: Hugo Barra (Twitter)

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11 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Note 2, wow.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

That shows a lot about the China market.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Did not expect note 2 there. My friend recently sold it to buy a note 5. Once you go big, hard to come back.

4. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Yet Huawei passed Xiaomi to become largest mobile vendor in China in the latest 3rd quarter and is only getting more recognition now that they make the Nexus 6P. Xiaomi will have to have have a hit on their hands for the Mi 5 or else Huawei's momentum will overtake them in smartphones for more than a quarter.

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Huawei may have gotten far but it's because of their more global reach that helped them. But it's Xiaomi that has the appealing image and culture that took them from scratch to dominance.

10. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Samsung too had such dominance till Xiaomi entered. Its not about brand, but the service they provide. Xiaomi is offering such a wonderful UI. Only MIUI users will agree with me that MIUI is the only UI in the market offering functionality of Android with the smoothness of iOS throughout. There is no doubt, a lot-many Android users hate iOS just because they cannot afford it. MIUI fills the gap from both the worlds. Also certain people complain unavailability of new android in flagships like MI4 or MI Note. But the fact is Xiaomi is not about Android 4 or 5. Its about MIUI 5 or 6 or 7. MIUI 6 based on Android 4.4 (Ref MI 4) is practically much more useful than TouchWiz based on Android 5.0 (Ref Note 3). There is no use of a nexus (Considering Updates) or Brand name (Considering service) if they are not upto the mark. Use MIUI, and feel the power, performance, flawless flexibility and buttery smooth battery life in one device. You need to see it to believe it. PS. I have Sammys, Honors, Xperias, HTCs, LGs, Apples, one Vivo and one Oppo.

11. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

totally agreed......

6. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Correction: "Becoming a dominant play in China only" no one buys chinese outside china

9. Tizo101

Posts: 541; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

wish I could buy their phones - for me, no phone over 400 USD is worth buying.

12. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

What a strange metric.

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