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Mat Kearney

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Jul 27 | Xiaomi, MIUI and the Android ecosystem within China



One of the highlights of traveling to China was having the opportunity to understand the unique technology silo it lives in, and how it manages to remain innovating and cutting edge, relevant to its users, and rapidly gaining traction on the international tech scene. Much of how it accomplishes it today seems to be to throw more people at a problem, and there are countless intelligent people who are — for now — happily employed to solve problems they would be paid more for abroad.

This kind of ecosystem manifests itself very well in Xiaomi and its phone and gadget offerings. Shortly before we left Beijing, I had the opportunity to get my hands on one, the Redmi (Hongmi) 1S, and I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks using it as I would my other phone — a Nexus 5. It’s been an exciting trip through a different world.


Online video
Baidu, Baidu Store, Didi Taxi, Kingsoft
SIM management and miscellaneous

Before we get started, let’s take a look at the specifications of the phone.

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