Outgoing US president Trump adds Xiaomi to DoD blacklist

The outgoing Trump administration has continued its aggressive campaign against Chinese tech companies in the US with the blacklisting of Xiaomi. Xiaomi is the third-largest phone manufacturer in the world, and has a range of TV products under the Mi sub-brand including an Android TV streaming stick which launched in 2020. Now, with less than […]

Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Dailymotion to launch on Xiaomi’s Mi Video app

Vivendi-owned video sharing site Dailymotion has struck an agreement with Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi whereby the latter’s video app Mi Video will distribute Dailymotion content. Mi Video users will have access to Dailymotion’s premium video catalogue, allowing them to view music, news, sport and entertainment content from the French company. Dailymotion said that the partnership […]

Vodafone Spain extends smart TV availability of service

Vodafone Spain has become the latest operator to strike a deal to provide its TV service via smart TV, in this case with Xiaomi. The operator said that the agreement would allow its customers to view TV on new platforms and that the objective was to increase the range of devices that subscribers could use […]

MWC operators sweat over Coronavirus threat but maintain show will go on

Mobile World Congress (MWC), one of the largest technology trade shows in the world, is under threat from the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus. With the death toll of the airborne virus now exceeding 520, many are concerned by the 100,000+ people from over 200 countries that are due to congregate in Barcelona at the […]

Xiaomi launches Mi Box S streaming media player

Xiaomi has started taking pre-orders in the US for its new Android TV streaming media player, the Xiaomi Mi Box S, which is capable of playing 4K and high dynamic range content. The device will run on the latest version of Android TV 8.1, comes with a Google Assistant Remote and can be used to […]

Facebook hires Hugo Barra to lead VR efforts

Facebook has hired former Xiaomi and Google executive Hugo Barra to lead all of its virtual reality efforts, including its Oculus team. Announcing the move in a post on Facebook, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Barra “shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform”. “They [VR and […]

Xiaomi launches Android TV-powered 4K Mi Box in the US

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has launched its 4K Ultra HD streaming media player in the US. The box, which is powered by Google’s Android TV platform, is available now for US$69 (€61) from the Mi.com website and will also go on sale in Walmart this month. The Mi Box can carry streaming apps including Netflix, HBO, […]

China’s Xiaomi launches ultra-small HDMI set-top

Chinese mobile handset giant Xiaomi has launched an ultra-small version of its existing Mi Box set-top. The Mi Box Mini, priced at around RMB199. The Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based box, which will only be available in China, at least initially, is about the size of a smartphone charger and connects to the TV set via HDMI. […]