China Tech Newsletter – Aug. 13, 2015

miui7MIUI, the custom Android system pre-installed in Xiaomi mobile devices and available for free download, claims to have had 150 million users in 156 countries and regions. (Xiaomi data show that a total of 122 million Xiaomi phones had been shipped as of the first half of 2015.)

MIUI launched its seventh major update today. Xiaomi also launched today RedMi Note 2. It comes in three models that are priced at RMB799 (US$130), RMB899 (US$150) and RMB999 (US$160), respectively.

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Uber China, now operating independently of its parent company, aims to go public on a Chinese stock market, Liu Zhen, who leads Uber China said in an interview with The Beijing News.

Ms. Liu said Uber China would develop localized products, raise funding from Chinese investors, and cooperate with the Chinese government. It has signed strategic cooperation agreements with Baidu, Digital China, Ping An Insurance and China Life Insurance Company.

Baidu has invested an undisclosed amount of funding in it. Baidu Maps, Baidu Wallet (mobile payment service) and Baidu user account system have been integrated into the private car hailing app.

Unlike Didi Kuaidi, which has launched a wide range of transport services, Uber China won’t tap into sectors such as bus and on-demand chauffeur booking. Also, Uber won’t add reservation or bidding feature. Car pooling service UberPool will be launched in China in September.


Telecom company Huawei and home appliance giant Haier signed a strategic partnership agreement yesterday (Aug. 12) on smart home.

All the chips in Haier’s smart home products will be compatible with Huawei’s Lite OS, an operating system for internet-of-things that was launched in May this year. (via Sina Tech)


Dianping’s meal delivery service has added pharmaceutical delivery by partnering one-hour delivery service Medicine Power.

Meituan and Baidu Takeout, Dianping’s major competitors in meal delivery, had added this category a couple of months ago. (via Sina Tech)


Zhubaijia, a platform for Chinese users to book vacation rentals in foreign countries, has raised Series B funding. The site currently has listings from some 60 popular tourist cities around the world. (via Sina Tech)


Meike365, an online marketplace for photographers, has raised Series A funding.


Lenovo reported June quarter results and announced plants to cut 10% of manufacturing positions. — The Wall Street Journal


NetEase reports second quarter earnings.


Xunlei reports second quarter results.

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