Xiaomi buying 1,500 Microsoft patents might mean the company is ready to move west
posted by Victor H. / Jun 01, 2016, 2:39 AM
We've already told you the news: Xiaomi, one of the biggest Chinese phone makers, is buying a whopping 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a move that's very atypical for the Redmond software giant. Xiaomi and Microsoft are also signing a cross-patent agreement and have negotiated that future Xiaomi models ship with MS Office and Skype pre-installed.
The bigger ramification of this deal, however, might be that it lays the foundations for Xiaomi to move to Western markets.
With the new patents, Xiaomi has the patent shield needed to expand to the westThe company has its roots in China and is not selling any of its phones in the United States or Europe. With growing pressure in the affordable phone segment from other Chinese phone makers, it is facing some tough conditions on home turf, so an expansion to new markets seems like а great way to reinvigorate the business.
Currently, rumors say that Xiaomi was worried to expand to the US and Europe because of weak stash of patents that could have exposed it to a long and tedious legal battle. These new patents will certainly help with that and protect Xiaomi from aggressive patent trolls and even bigger companies.
At the same time, Xiaomi phone shipments in China dropped 9% year-on-year in the first quarter, and its market share declined one percentage point to 12%, according to to Strategy Analytics. The main factors were growing pressure by Huawei and Samsung, as well as local contenders like Oppo and Vivo.
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GREAT!!! (as long as they didnt increase their price, lol)
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 2:44 AM 2
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Can't blame them, blame the import tax and other tax.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 3:23 AM 1
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The import tax is a fair way of protecting American companies, and American jobs if implemented properly. Keyword is JOBS..... many importers have copied and then sold products made in China back to America killing off the job market.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 5:06 AM 1
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This company first needs to focus on their primary parameters such as having a stock!!! Not even the pro version has been introduced in india let alone the colour choice! Seriously xiaomi, just have a look at your fb fan page - Mi India and then expand
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 3:34 AM 0
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I agree with Chuck007 that patents can prevent innovation. In fact, they are anti-competitive and should be toned down, perhaps only lasting a year. Patents are the company equivalent of national protectionism, which only benefits uncompetitive companies or countries when they should be encouraged to grow through continuous innovation. The consumer loses because of limited choice and higher prices due to monopolistic practices.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 5:37 AM 2
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Patents encourage innovation as it means companies can't just copy, they have to develop their own innovative solutions. If there were no such thing as a patent, you'd get one successful design and a million exact copies (I.e., no innovation). That's almost what we have with the smartphone market when everyone copied Apple.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 7:33 AM 0
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More American stuff sold to China once again, will next President able to stop this?
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 7:08 AM 0
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They need to change their name. No joke. When people (especially in the US) don't know how to pronounce a name....they won't buy it. It's literally that simple.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 8:56 AM 1
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Like Toyota or Samsung? Mi is pretty simple BTW.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 9:42 AM 0
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Depends on perspective. Mi can easily be pronounced "my" or "mee"... so now half the people that look at it will pronounce it differently than the other half. As Hoggington said, it just creates a question in people's minds which means they're more likely to just pass on the product. And Xiaomi starting off with an X, and then three vowels?! They're gonna need some luck getting early adopters in the States.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 4:59 PM 0
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nope, not necessary. How many french products in the US get mispronounced? or German product - do you know how to spell the correct "BMW"? if you do, does the majority actually pronounce the correct one instead "Bee-eM-Double-U"? the uniqueness of the name actually a selling point.
posted on Jun 02, 2016, 1:26 AM 0
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I hope I can uninstall all those bloatware easily (without the need of rooting)
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 10:11 AM 0
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