Xiaomi News Bits 10/30/14

Xiaomi Poaches Spotify’s Donovan Sung To Lead International Product Development

Now that it’s apparently the third largest smartphone maker in the world, China’s Xiaomi needs experienced heads to help it build its business outside of Asia. And that’s exactly what it’s getting. TechCrunch understands that the company has completed a significant international hire, poaching Donovan Sung, who was Spotify’s first product manager in the US, to run its international product development team in a role based out of Beijing.

That’s interesting. Liwan Jiang, a co-founder who wrote the book about Xiaomi (not Lei Jun as I originally thought), has moved from China to Silicon Valley on a mysterious product development journey.

That Yi HD home security camera Xiaomi is selling gets an unboxing, setup, and test over at the Mi Forum [Google Translate].

And another pimp image has been released for whatever the hell it is Xiaomi plans to announce this Saturday(!), November 1. See it after the break.

XiaomiKK99WeiboPimpImage02

Also, late last night (China time) iLevon sent out a Weibo about MiFi:

iLevonMiFiWeibo

Is Xiaomi going to release a cheap MiFi device?

And for those who keep score, Xiaomi was briefly the world’s third largest smartphone maker. But then Lenovo completed its acquisition of the Motorola mobile division and hopped to third place in the world market. Xiaomi is now number four. They’ll probably be number three again in a year.

Previously here:

November 1: Xiaomi KK99
Xiaomi Smart Home: iOS Apps Coming
HD Security Camera: US$25!
Xiaomi MiHome, Smart Home AppXiaomi Enters The Smart Home Market

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